From right to left: Michelle Lewis-Lusso Infection Control, Bruce Barker MD,
Brenda Goosby Home Health Director, and Linda Larkin Home Health Supervisor
Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice Award Given to Registered Nurse at Mad River Community Hospital
Arcata, CA 2018 -- Michelle Lewis-Lusso, RN BSN CWON CIC, was recognized with the Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice award given by local Omega Omicron chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. They give only one award each year and this year Michelle demonstrated that she is successful in the following criteria:
1. Demonstrates expert knowledge and a high level of clinical expertise in current practice
2. Applies creative approaches to nursing practice contributing to quality patient care
3. Advances the practice of nursing by example
4. Serves as mentor/preceptor to others
5. Utilizes evidence-based practice
6. Demonstrates inspirational professional behavior
7. Participates in community affairs that positively impact patient care
Brenda Goosby, RN BSN PHN, Director of Mad River Community Hospital Home Health Services, nominated Michelle. Michelle started her nursing career at Mad River Community Hospital in 1989 after graduating from the Humboldt State University Nursing Program. In 2004, Mad River Community Hospital opened the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. Michelle was selected to be the Clinical Coordinator then the Program Manager for the center due to her extensive experience in nursing and education in wound care. She is currently in charge of Infection Prevention and Inpatient Wound Care.
“The awards committee really enjoyed learning about her and appreciates how important it is to our community to have a nurse of her caliber sharing her expert knowledge and inspire local nurses,” stated Jitka Prokesova, RN, BSN, and Chair of the Omicron Omega Awards Committee.
Michelle states that “Receiving the award for Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice is very exciting and humbling. We all strive for excellence in the art and science of nursing, and being recognized by my colleagues for excellence leaves me feeling honored. It is one thing to learn everything you can about a procedure, disease, or treatment modality, but winning this award confirms my thoughts on how important relationships are in healthcare. I want to continue to move forward with my education and continue to inspire others by demonstrating excellence in clinical nursing practice.”