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Bolingbrook nurse of the year a true team player

Bolingbrook – A longtime nurse described by her colleagues as a “cheerleader for patient satisfaction” was named Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s 2009 Clinical Nurse of the Year. Lisle resident Bernadette Sims has worked with Adventist Midwest Health as a clinical care nurse in the emergency department for 25 years and has been at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital since its opening.

Nurses and other hospital employees submitted nominations for the honor and a panel reviewed the nominations in the selection process. “She is truly a team player and a role model for the staff,” wrote one of Sims’s colleagues in her nomination form. “She is a cheerleader for patient satisfaction.”

Dr. Michael Korpics, vice-chairman of emergency medicine said: “Bernie is a confident, knowledgeable emergency nurse. When she is in charge, she manages patient care efficiently and is truly an asset to the department.”

Sims and other Clinical Care Nurse of the Year honorees will be recognized at the 2009 High Performing Nurse Gala in December. 

“I am honored and thrilled to receive this award, because I am confident there were many other worthy candidates,” Sims said. “I am lucky enough to be a part of a department that can work well together and always count on each other, so I accept the award on behalf of all of my colleagues.”

Other 2009 Clinical Care Nurse of the Year honorees are as follows:

• Siji Anil, RN, medical/surgical unit

• Rebecca Couri, RN, surgery

• Trinh Do, RN, Intensive Care Unit

• Margarita Lopez, RN, mother/baby unit

• Jessica Saguin, RN, Intensive Care Unit

• Joella Wright, RN, medical/surgical unit