The Nursing Excellence Awards recognize nurses at New Hanover Regional Medical Center who display excellence in nursing care, service and practice. This award recognizes professionalism and a positive attitude, keeping the focus on the patient. They are nominated by their peers in recognition to the nursing profession based on the Standards of Performance (Ownership, Teamwork, Communication, and Compassion).
Kim Hamel, RN NICU
Kim always acts responsibly and takes great pride in carrying out her role as a NICU nurse. Kim goes beyond what is expected of her, and sets a great example for the unit by supporting her team.
For many years, Kim has oriented new nurses, and she serves as a mentor for many of these nurses long after the orientation process is over. She inspires and she raises the bar. If help is needed you can guarantee Kim will be there, you don’t even have to ask.
With every admission, Kim can be found at the bedside supporting staff in whatever way is needed. She is a go-to person on the unit for nurses. Everyone knows that “Kim will know what to do.”
She communicates well with her teammates and the medical team, ensuring that everyone that she talks to has the opportunity to be heard. Kim treats all her patients and their families with compassion and courtesy, and she is very empathetic to others and respects their point of view, even when she may disagree with it.
Nancy Barrett, RN Anemia Clinic
Nancy was instrumental in starting the Anemia Clinic for the Orthopedic Hospital total joint patients. The blood management program has led to the reduction of orthopedic blood utilization from over 15% to less than 2% since 2013. Costs have dropped from $325 average per case to $5 per case for blood products.
Nancy has also mentored a number of nurses during her career. She is always willing to assist co-workers in Pre-testing. She frequently adjusts her schedule to meet patient and staffing needs and will come in on her day off if she can help.
She has participated in numerous A3s and Lean events to improve Anemia and Pre-testing patient care and quality.
Nancy also has a great rapport with her patients. She has purchased meals from the cafeteria for hungry patients, and patients have come back to see Nancy after their surgery to thank her for her care.
When Nancy retires in November, she will be greatly missed.