EAST CHICAGO - Describing St. Catherine Hospital’s choice for the 2013 Nursing Excellence Award, co-workers agree that Alanna Hunter-Parks is the picture of nursing excellence.
The special award was presented at a Nursing Excellence Tea during National Nurses’ Week.
Peers nominated Hunter-Parks based upon key characteristics of nursing excellence - leadership, dignity, compassionate care, community, quality and stewardship – attributes that coincide with the hospital’s mission and values.
According to her nomination, Hunter-Parks “goes above and beyond to see that patients receive the most compassionate care and makes sure family members are comfortable and have every need met while their loved ones are in her care.”
Nurse Manager of 6 West Diane Barrett, RN, said that Hunter-Parks has extraordinary leadership skills, serves as a role model to other nurses and consistently goes above and beyond to meet patient expectations.
“Alanna is a catalyst for compassionate care throughout the unit,” Barrett said. “She touches the hearts of all who come in contact with her, especially the patients and their families. She gives every patient at sense of importance always making them feel so loved and cared for,” she said.
Hunter-Parks, a Gary resident, has been a St. Catherine Hospital employee for 25 years. She cares for Hospice/Palliative Care patients and their families, is a CPR instructor and member of the Standards Committee.
Hunter-Parks recently established an educational program where new nurses spend a few hours with clinicians on 6 West every month to review policies and procedures. She also monitors the educational needs of the entire staff of more than 60 individuals.
According to her nomination, it is Hunter-Parks’s character that makes her stand out. “Her office door is always open and she helps employees celebrate special events, making the unit a stronger family,”one colleague said.
“St. Catherine Hospital has been a blessed institution with Alanna as a part of our extended family here,” said Paula Swenson, chief nursing officer/patient care services. “She is an exceptional person with a huge heart and an excellent nurse.”