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Media Contact: Betty Klinck

Published on May 06, 2014

Washington Adventist Hospital Nurse Named Maryland Emergency Nurse of the Year

Takoma Park, MD – Every day, nurses step forward embracing new technologies, resolving emerging issues, and accepting ever-changing roles in their profession. With attention focused on nurses this week during National Nurses Week, Washington Adventist Hospital congratulates Sheila DeRiso, RN, BSN, MS, MBA, CEN, CCRN, assistant nurse manager in the Emergency Department, for being named The American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) Maryland Emergency Nurse of the Year. Shelia was given this award for her passion for emergency nursing, excellent patient care, teamwork skills and her teaching and communication skills.

“Sheila has been an invaluable member of the Maryland Emergency Medicine community for several decades, and she continues to give more and more to our patients and profession every single year. I could not ask for a better leader at the helm of the emergency department. When we’re at critical occupancy, Nurse DeRiso keeps the team together and the patients safe,” said Drewry White, M.D., emergency physician and medical director of the Emergency Department at Washington Adventist Hospital. “She is a proactive problem solver and consummate helper. She really wants to make the Emergency Department a better place to receive care each and every day.”

As a registered nurse for 34 years, Sheila’s impact extends beyond the hospital walls and into the emergency medicine, nursing and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community. As an instructor with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), she is a teacher of novice and experienced nurses, doctors and EMS providers. She also volunteers to teach high school students during Prom season about the dangers of alcohol and substance.

As a continued commitment to her career she achieved her masters in health care administration and in business administration while also obtaining a certificate in paralegal studies and lending her expertise to many as a nurse legal consultant.

“In her clinical activities as well as her non-clinical pursuits, Sheila has dedicated herself to ensuring that nurses providing care in the emergency departments in Maryland possess skills that are consistent with the standards set forth by ENA,” said Terry Jodrie, M.D., emergency physician at Washington Adventist Hospital. “Ms. DeRiso has been unswerving in her dedication to the advancement of emergency nursing, as demonstrated by her frequent contributions to the provision of courses in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum, and other courses that advance the skill set of emergency nurses on a regular basis.”

While Sheila was the person chosen to receive the award, she says the honors really belong to the team she is a part of in the Emergency Department at Washington Adventist Hospital.

“Our departmental mission is accomplished in an environment of collaboration with mutual respect for every member of the team. As a charge nurse, my job is to organize priorities and allocate resources to ensure quality patient care and efficient flow in and out of the department,” says Sheila. “The honest truth is that I am a product of my environment. If you surround yourself with people dedicated to taking good care of the patients and their families - the highest standards become your personal benchmark.”

“I congratulate Sheila on this well-deserved nursing award, and am thankful for all she does for our patients, their families and her ED colleagues,” said Tom Sweeney, chief nursing officer at Washington Adventist Hospital. “The ever changing world of health care demands our hardworking nurses constantly be evolving, learning and leading the way for others around them. Sheila is an excellent example of a nurse who leads the way, and we are proud to have her on our team at Washington Adventist Hospital.”

Washington Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, 252-bed acute care facility located in Takoma Park, Md, is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of complete health-care services. Washington Adventist Hospital, Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, is a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center and Designated Stroke Center.

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