O'Connor recognized by Emergency Nurses Association

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Tammy O'Connor, RN, Director of Emergency Services for St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, Louisiana, was presented with the Mae Webb Excellence in Emergency Nursing Award by the Louisiana Council of Emergency Nurses at its annual conference held in Baton Rouge on Aug. 16, 2013. The distinction was given in recognition of her ongoing contributions to emergency nursing.

Among several contributions to the field of emergency nursing noted, O'Connor's efforts at making the St. Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department a safe place to work through the implementation of a Workplace Violence Prevention, her efforts at maintaining outstanding throughput times, and an emphasis on promoting staff education related to emergency nursing including her efforts at encouraging all staff registered nurses to obtain certification in emergency nursing, were cited.

In addition, O'Connor was recognized for consistent maintenance of both employee and patient satisfaction. Both have been above the 90th percentile or above for the past six years.

"Tammy is an outstanding attribute to our organization, both personally and professionally. Her work over the past several years to improve the level of service provided in our emergency department, in and of itself, is commendable. But, Tammy's efforts to improve emergency services across the state by sharing her time and talents through the Louisiana Nurses Association makes her truly deserving of this award," said St. Elizabeth Hospital Vice President of Patient Care, Yvonne Pellerin.

The Mae Webb Excellence in Emergency Nursing Award is named in honor of Louisiana's Emergency Nurses Association founder and honors a member of the organization who has consistently demonstrated excellence in emergency nursing and who has made significant contributions to the profession of emergency nursing and to the Louisiana ENA.