Overlake L&D RN, Janet Bowen, was awarded March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in the “Rising Star” category at the 11th annual awards banquet held on November 21. The Western Washington regional division of MOD annually awards 12 nurses in various categories of nursing excellence. In addition to Janet, three other Overlake nurses were nominated for the Nurse of the Year award (see adjacent article). Janet is known to her peers as an outstanding bedside nurse; however, her nursing work extends beyond the bedside: she has also fostered professional growth and development as an RN though leadership, education, committee work and quality initiatives.
As a new RN (she completed her L&D Residency in December 2012), Janet took on the lead role in implementing “The Period of Purple Crying” training program to prevent Abusive Head Trauma, commonly known as Shaken Baby syndrome.
Her customized educational plan provided an evidenced-based, practical way for nurses to communicate with parents prior to discharge from the childbirth center. Janet took action in joining this grassroots initiative—taking a stand against a preventable tragedy by making sure consistent information is presented in Childbirth Preparation classes, Postpartum (inpatient and outpatient) and in the Emergency Department.
Janet is also a team member of the Evidence-Based Breastfeeding Support Initiative and Washington State Perinatal Collaborative, the night shift “Skin-to-Skin” Care Champion, as well as a recent key note speaker this August for the 2013 Welcome Event for our newest twelve residents.
Janet spoke of her recent success, “While receiving this award is an honor, my biggest privilege is to be mentored by, and work beside, an extraordinary team of Overlake nurses, who have shared their knowledge and experience. They have not only taught me how to do the big tasks of nursing, but also how to do ‘small things with great love’ (Mother Theresa).”
Congratulations Janet on this prestigious award and we are excited to see more wonderful work from you in the years to come! Overlake Hospital and the Childbirth Center are fortunate to have you as our “rising star!”