Ashley Hrdlicka honored with Excellence in Nursing Award


Congratulations to Ashley Hrdlicka, BSN, RN, Clinical Resource Nurse in
the Neuro Stepdown Unit, who was honored last week with a 2017 Excellence
in Nursing Award from St. Louis Magazine in the “Emerging Leader” category.

“Ashley approaches nursing not as a profession, but as a way of life,” said
her supervisor, Christine Seeley, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager of Neuro Stepdown. “For a nurse so young I have seen her provide compassionate care to patients and families during their most tragic moments in life and display empathy beyond her years. She accepts the often-difficult challenges in the unit with a positive attitude and can-do manner. She is an active member of the unit-based Shared Governance council and the research council for the hospital. If you have a loved one in the hospital, you want Ashley to be their nurse.”

Ashley, 26, grew up in Columbia, Ill. “I have a wonderful, supportive, close
family,” she said. “I am fortunate to have most of my extended family in the
St. Louis area. I have three sisters; our mother always encouraged us to excel
academically, while our father emphasized the importance of ‘our people skills.’ That’s why I believe I excel at nursing, because I am always wanting to learn more while I truly care about talking to my patients and getting to know them as people.”

Ashley is studying to become a nurse practitioner at Goldfarb School of
Nursing. She lives in Richmond Heights with her long-term boyfriend, Ethan,
and her hobby is running: she is training for her fourth half-marathon. Learn
more at https://www.stlmag.com/health/excellence-in-nursing/excellence-innursing-2017-winners/

Wotawa Bennett wins SOAR Award


Congratulations to Dawn Wotawa Bennett, BSN, RN,
Education Specialist and Community Partner at St. Anthony’s,
who was honored April 19 with the Affton School District’s
Service and Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR)
Award. This prestigious award is given to individuals who
show excellence of character, performance, leadership, and
service to the Affton School District.

Dawn was honored for her work with the St. Louis Centers
for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS) program,
which includes high school students from the Affton, Mehlville
and Oakville school districts. Thirty-two nominees were in
attendance at the ceremony, including school district employees,
volunteers and community partners. For more information on
STL CAPS, visit http://stlcaps.yourcapsnetwork.org/

Photo: Dawn Wotawa Bennett receives the SOAR Award April 19
from Dr. Steven Brotherton, Superintendent of the Affton
School District.

Congratulations to our Daffodil winner


Congratulations to Adrian Lomax, Certified Nursing Assistant in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, who has been selected as this month’s Daffodil Award winner. A patient nominated Adrian for his care and compassion:

“Of all the people I came in contact with when I had my appendix removed, the one that sticks out in my mind is Adrian. Everyone was so busy rushing around, but he was calm and his low and soothing voice made me feel relaxed and easy. My care was excellent: thanks to all the doctors and nurses, but especially to Adrian.” 


Nurses Week symposium planned May 9

"Expanding Your Mind: Creating an Evidence-Based Practice Culture," is the topic of a Nurses Week symposium that will be hosted May 9 by the Nurse Research Council.

The symposium will highlight the significance of creating an evidence-based culture at St. Anthony’s. Speakers Jennifer Broeder, PhD, RN; and Kathleen Williams, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, will discuss the characteristics of an evidence-based culture in an organization like St. Anthony’s, and how nurses can stimulate their own professional development to promote evidence-based practices at the bedside.

Two sessions will be offered, starting with one full four-hour session, and followed by a one-hour mini-session for staff who are unable to attend the full session. These sessions are open to all staff. Employees who plan to attend all or part of either session are highly encouraged to sign up in Healthstream. Contact Kelly Russell in Professional Practice at Kelly.Russell@samcstl.org or (314) 525-4597 with any questions.


Further patient care, earn money with referral bonuses

Do you know of family members and friends who are looking for a job in the health care industry? St. Anthony’s Employee Referral Bonus Program offers an opportunity to earn extra cash, while at the same time contributing to quality and compassionate care.

Referral payouts are available for three tiers of hard-to-recruit positions. They include:

Tier I – Experienced Professional Clinical Staff (more than one year of experience): Cardiac Ultrasonographer, Medical Tech/Medical Lab Tech, CT Tech, MRI Tech, Cytotechnologist, Staff RN (job title) or RN First Assistant, Histology Tech, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Referral payout for Tier I: full-time, $3,000; benefit-eligible part-time, $1,500 (new hire must have at least one year of related work experience).

Tier II – Professional Clinical Staff (less than one year of experience): Cardiac Ultrasonographer, Medical Tech/Medical Lab Tech, CT Tech, MRI Tech, Cytotechnologist, Staff RN (job title) or RN First Assistant, Histology Tech, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Referral payout for Tier II: full-time, $1,500; benefit-eligible part-time, $750 (new hire with less than one year of related work experience).

Tier III – Patient Support Positions: Lab Support Tech, Patient Care Tech, Medical Assistant (MA)/Receptionist, Urgent Care Tech

Referral payout for Tier III: full-time, $500; benefit-eligible part-time, $250.

For new employees with a start date of March 1, 2017 and beyond. For more information, please contact the Employment Department at (314) 525-4339.