Beebe Medical Center establishes 3 nursing awards

( Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Del., this year established three nursing awards: the Award for Nursing Excellence, the Award for Nursing Leadership and the Award for Nursing Scholarship.

In a May ceremony, the awards were presented to three nurses: Eleanor P. Cordrey, RN, who received the Award for Nursing Excellence; Bonnie Austin, RN, BS, who received the Award for Nursing Leadership; and Connie Bushey, RN, MSN, MEd, executive director of the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, who received the Award for Nursing Scholarship.

“Eleanor, Bonnie and Connie exemplify what good nursing is,” Paul Minnick, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care, said in a news release. “They’ve been committed to best practices. They have continually shown compassion and respect, [they] listen to others and mentor other nurses. They represent what all nurses should be, and exemplify the Beebe nurse.”

Cordrey, who retired from Beebe Medical Center in 2000 after 50 years of service, continues in a volunteer capacity. She predominately is known for what she did in women’s health, according to the release. She set up the neonatal resuscitation program and the labor and delivery program.

Austin, who is a nurse supervisor in the hospital, has a reputation for focusing on best practices, according to the release. She worked in the med/surg unit and was the head nurse in pediatrics. She is celebrating her 50th anniversary with the hospital.

Bushey said in the release that faith has driven her in her career to support others in their quest for education and to improve the quality of the education available.

A committee of Beebe Medical Center nurses chose the honorees.

“These awards represent nurses recognizing nurses,” Minnick said. “They also represent the few moments we set aside to recognize what our nurses do and that they make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families and caregivers. This is a profession that does not talk about itself, yet has a tremendous impact on the lives of others.”