Arizona Nurses Association bestows top honors on TMC, nurse manager

Michael Lally, RN, manages Unit 850, Neurology/Neurosurgery

Tucson Medical Center and one of its nurse managers took home top honors at the Arizona Nurses Association’s  Imagine Nurses Driving Healthcare biennial convention last month.

Tucson Medical Center received the Employer Excellence award and Michael Lally, MSN, RN, received the Excellence in Clinical Practice award.

“The employer award recognizes a tremendous amount of work over the last few years to create a nursing environment of excellence,” said Cheryl Young, TMC vice president and chief nursing officer.

“The effort has included not only hospital-wide initiatives, such as the full implementation of the electronic medical record, but a number of nurse-focused efforts,” she said, “such as our nursing councils and shared governance, our annual nursing report, and the nurse recognition you see in the Nursing Patio and Nursing Recognition Wall.”

As for Michael Lally, manager Unit 850, TMC’s neurology/neurosurgery floor, Young said, “you see excellence everyday on his unit. The support he gives to his staff and his patients is amazing.”

And the data backs this up, she said, noting continual improvements in patient satisfaction scores under his leadership.

Preceptor Payne honored as Neuro RN hero

Sunday was Nurses Day and the Arizona Neuroscience Nurse Hero Recognition Program at the Arizona Diamondback game in Phoenix.During the game, the Arizona Nurses Association honored four neuroscience nurses from throughout the state, including TMC’s own Susie Payne, RN, CNRN, and her TMC “fans” were there to cheer her on!

Payne has been a TMC neuroscience staff nurse for 23 years and is a persistent advocate for patients. She is a preceptor and uses her own new grad preceptor as a role-model. It was this preceptor who encouraged her to bestow her critical thinking and common sense to nurses just starting their career.

Payne is active in volunteer hospital activities, including our annual Stroke Check, Heart Check and Brain Week. She is also an active participant in planning the community-wise Neuroscience Symposium.

Also recognized were neuroscience nurses from Banner Del Webb Medical Center, Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, and Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital Osborn.



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