Two Penn State Hershey nurses nominated for Nightingale Awards

Two Penn State Hershey nurses will be recognized and honored as finalists at the annual Nightingale Awards Gala on Oct. 26 in Harrisburg. The finalists from Penn State Hershey are Patti Hart, director of nursing, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health; and Elizabeth Yaw Bates, instructor, Penn State School of Nursing.

Hart was nominated in the category of Nursing Administration – Leader/Manager. She is described as a leader who is a strong patient advocate, who has the ability to make one feel good about oneself, and who has the ability to build relationships. Hart is driven by a passion for providing excellent care to patients and families as evidenced by her work in developing the Family Advisory boards within the organization and End-of-Life Support Team to help families and staff experiencing difficult and challenging times.

Bates was nominated in the category of Nurse Educator – Academia. A student wrote that Bates “possesses an incredible capacity to instill in her students not only the knowledge required in our field, but also the caring empathy that is so needed to be an effective instructor as well as a nursing professional.” Several former students and mentorees have become nursing educators, inspired by her infectious passion for nursing. Bates was instrumental in the development of a community outreach program that teams medical and nursing students designed to meet the needs of an underserved population while providing education for the students.

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Last Updated October 25, 2012