Stephanie Gibson, a Shelby Township resident and a registered nurse at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, received an award at the Henry Ford Health System’s eighth annual Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Award ceremony May 2 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Stephanie Gibson, a Shelby Township resident and a registered nurse at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, received an award at the Henry Ford Health System’s eighth annual Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Award ceremony May 2 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

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Henry Ford nurse receives Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Award

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published May 20, 2019

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Stephanie Gibson, a Shelby Township resident, recently received an award for her compassion and determination to make hospital visits as comfortable as possible during a vulnerable time for patients.

Gibson, a registered nurse at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, was nominated for the Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Award and received the award in the category of Compassionate and Committed People at the Henry Ford Health System’s eighth annual Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Award ceremony May 2 at Henry Ford Hospital.

She has been with the Henry Ford Health System for more than 10 years, and at the hospital in Macomb County for approximately seven years.

Six registered nurses from Henry Ford were honored for their dedication to patients, the community and the health system, and Gibson was one of them. This year, more than 70 nurses from throughout the health system were nominated.

“It was an amazing honor to be recognized for this prestigious nursing award,” said Gibson.

“I am privileged to lead and work with so many amazing nurses who would also be deserving of this recognition. When I ask myself, ‘What is my purpose? What is my why?’ my only answer is that I love the patients, I love nursing, and I love working for a health system that is so committed to quality and care. My goal is to make my units a great place for my team to work to inspire and engage them to make this a great place for our patients,” she said in an email.

Maureen Bennett, the health system’s director of care, submitted Gibson’s nomination.

“Stephanie has shown respect in the way she cares for all patients on her unit and her staff,” Bennett said in the nomination. “Her compassion is evidenced by the emotion she shows when her staff is following through on initiatives such as hourly rounding. Stephanie also has compassion for her patients, one example is how she worked through a situation with a family member who was being verbal with staff. Although Stephanie had to take certain steps to protect the staff, she also protected her patient by sharing that her care was being impeded by the family member. Stephanie went out of her way to share with this family member that tomorrow is a new day and that she would be welcomed back to visit. She also worked with a (30-year-old) autism patient and worked tirelessly to find his triggers.”

Gibson secured an iPad to play the patient’s favorite music, Michael Jackson, while the patient was there for a month.”

“The Clara Ford Nursing Excellence Award recipients are remarkable representatives of our 7,500 Henry Ford nurses, who have mastered the art and science of health care and healing, living our mission every day,” Barbara Rossmann, the chief nursing officer of Henry Ford Health System, said in a press release.

“Our honorees’ stories help highlight the impact nurses have on patients’ lives and our collective ability to deliver nation-leading care,” Rossmann said.

The Henry Ford Health System’s Chief Nurse Executive Council served as the selection committee for the awards.

Nurses who are nominated are selected by their colleagues, patients and patient families.

The award was established in 2012 and created under the leadership of Veronica “Ronnie” Hall, R.N., and named in honor of Clara Ford, who was instrumental in the opening of the Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1925.

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