In recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, Mercy Medical Center is honoring five of its clinical staff members with Nursing Excellence Awards. The hospital’s 2015 honorees are Stacy Bauman, RN, Mercy Heart Center; Allyssa DeLuca, RN, Mercy Intensive Care Unit; Jamie Harig, RN, Mercy Emergency Department; Janet Henning, RN, Mercy Patient Education and Testing; and Theresa M. Williams, RN, Mercy Maternity Services.
“The nurses at Mercy represent the best of our profession,” said Barbara Yingling, RN, BSN, MAed, vice president and chief nursing officer at Mercy Medical Center. “Mercy nurses embody the spirit of Mercy with their allegiance to our patients while caring for them at the bedside, providing education, using the latest technological advances, or providing emotional support,” Yingling said.
Meet our Nursing Excellence Award recipients:
Stacy Bauman, RN, Mercy Heart Center
Stacy's journey to become a nurse began in April, 2005. At 25-weeks pregnant, Bauman went into premature labor and underwent an emergency cesarean section to deliver her daughter Maddie. Bauman describes the next few months as a “roller coaster of events, including a heart surgery,” but says the nurses made a huge impression on her as they helped ease anxieties, fears and feelings of helplessness.
“The nurses not only cared for my daughter, but also myself and my family,” Bauman said. “Their actions and thoughtfulness were something I desired to show to others that were in similar situations.”
In January 2013, Bauman graduated first in her class from the registered nursing program at Stark State College. Currently, she’s working on her BSN from Ohio University. Bauman resides in Creston, Ohio, and works in Mercy Heart Center’s Cardiovascular Surgical Care Unit. “I recover my patients after heart surgery and continue to care for them throughout their stay. I get to see such a transformation.”
Bauman has served as a unit educator, alternate patient care coordinator, and clinical preceptor. Bauman is also Mercy's 2015 Cameo of Caring recipient.
Allyssa DeLuca, RN, Intensive Care Unit
Hartville, Ohio, resident Allyssa DeLuca says her family was a positive influence on her decision to choose a career in nursing. “I always knew I wanted to be in health care,” DeLuca said. “My sister and aunt are both nurses, so I had the perfect example of what it meant to be a nurse.”
In 2010, DeLuca graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. She currently serves as a nurse in Mercy Intensive Care Unit (ICU) working with critical care patients. DeLuca knows firsthand that not every outcome is positive, but comforting patients and families in difficult situations can be rewarding.
DeLuca is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and ICU Nursing Practice Council. She received the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses in December 2012 from UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania. DeLuca was awarded Mercy ICU Employee of the Month in July 2014.
“Nursing has so many opportunities to explore, and I am excited to see where my career can take me,” DeLuca said.
Jamie Harig, RN, Emergency Department
Massillon, Ohio, resident Jamie Harig says she chose the nursing profession because she wanted a career that was challenging, diverse, interesting and made a difference in people’s lives. She graduated in May 2008 from Kent State University with her associate degree of nursing.
A nurse in Mercy Emergency Department, Harig says it is satisfying providing care for those who are in need of immediate medical attention, and the reward is seeing them improve.
“I had a female patient diagnosed with an acute CVA (stroke) and met criteria for TPA administration,” Harig said. “I infused TPA, and she was transferred to another facility via life flight.” Months later, the patient returned to Mercy Emergency Department as a visitor and recognized Harig as the nurse who cared for her. “She thanked me and updated me on her complete and full recovery.”
Harig has served on Mercy’s Patient Satisfaction and Triage Process Committees and as a clinical preceptor. She also has clinical ladder experience and is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).
Janet Henning, RN, Patient Education and Testing
Canton, Ohio, resident Janet Henning knew from a young age she wanted to become a nurse. Henning says her love for helping and caring for others has made nursing the perfect career choice.
Henning has worked in Mercy Patient Education and Testing since its inception over 20 years ago and has been a part of its growth and development. “The group of people I work with are so dedicated and caring, and it is a privilege to work beside them each day,” she said. “Every time I walk into a patient room, I try to completely focus on that patient and treat them as a very special person,” Henning adds.
Henning graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in 1978. She has served on Nursing Practice Council and is a member of Mercy Alumni Association.
Janet says she is proud to be a part of the Mercy family for over 35 years where service to others is encouraged. “It has enriched me and given me a happy, healthy life.”
Theresa Williams, RN, Maternity Services
Massillon, Ohio, resident Theresa Williams has been part of the Mercy “family” for over 35 years. “When I was young, a girl usually became a teacher, secretary or nurse,” Williams said. “I chose nursing because we had a family friend whose daughter was a nurse, and it seemed like a rewarding job. Plus I liked her cap,” she laughs.
Williams graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in 1975. She says its very satisfying to have a part in making someone else’s hospital experience a positive one. Over the years, Williams has seen many changes in the nursing profession with new technology and regulation changes. Her nursing profession has remained a positive part of her life. “ I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity to live out my values by caring for others,” she said.
Williams has served on Nursing Practice Council and Mercy’s Perinatal Loss Committee. She has also served as a clinical preceptor and is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).Please click here for media inquiries