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RMC to honor nursing excellence

Published 3:52pm Monday, April 22, 2013

Russell Medical Center is seeking nominations for a new award that will recognize the efforts of one of the hospital’s nurses.

The Russell Medical Center Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence began after a former nurse donated a bronze statue of Florence Nightingale to the hospital. After taking the statue to Robinson Iron for it to be refurbished, the gears started turning.

“After we learned that Kate Parker had donated that statue to us, we wanted to do something special with it and have a recognition program for our nurses,” said Tanya Johnson, director of nursing at RMC. “It is gorgeous.”

Johnnson said that the criteria for nursing excellence that will be used to determine a winner were developed by a focus group at the hospital a few years ago.

“We had a strategic team of nurses that developed four qualities of nursing excellence,” Johnson said. “The nominee should display authentic leadership, effective communication, true collaboration and sound decision making. We felt like those four qualities define what nursing excellence is.”

Johnson said these qualities are included on the nomination form with space to explain how the nominee.

The deadline for nominations is May 1. The winner will be announced at RMC’s annual awards banquet.

“Florence Nightingale took care of the soldiers in the war at night and was known for taking a lamp with her,” Johnson said. “The winner’s name will be placed on the statue, and they will also receive a Nightingale lamp.”

Forms can be picked up by at the hospital’s human resources department. They are also available online at

The nominations can be dropped of in person or mailed to: RMC Human Resource Department, P.O. Box 939, Alexander City, AL 35011.

Forms can also be submitted via e-mail to