Maria Lombardi, RN, BSN, CCRN, of Franklin, Mass., a pediatric clinical patient care coordinator at Hasbro Children's Hospital, has received the "Nurse Leader Excellence Award" from the Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA).
The award was presented at the annual business meeting and dinner on Oct. 15 in Providence. Lombardi received the award for her work in encouraging nurses at Hasbro Children's Hospital to become certified pediatric nurses.She served as an advocate for her fellow nurses by creating a curriculum to help them prepare for the exam.She
learned what was needed to prepare for the certification examination and then developed courses that would cover various areas of the exam.Lombardi also pursued becoming a proctor to administer the exam on-site so that the nurses could take the exam at the hospital.
Nearly 20 nurses took part in the first class that Lombardi
led last year, which had an 89-percent pass rate, well above the national average.The second group of 13 nurses, who Lombardi
led through certification, achieved a 100-percent pass rate. Susan Thomas, RN, BSN, CPN, who nominated Lombardi for the RISNA award, stated, "Maria is a strong positive role model for us at Hasbro Children's Hospital and a genuine advocate for the advancement and recognition of the Nursing profession as a whole."
We thank Maria
for all her
efforts in helping our staff reach this professional achievement and her
commitment to our patients and families."As a nursing supervisor on the night shift, Lombardi is responsible for providing leadership for the Hasbro Children's Hospital's inpatient floors, pediatric intensive care unit and pediatric emergency department.Lombardi received her bachelor's degree in nursing from University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where she graduated with honors.She is certified as a pediatric critical care nurse and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Nurses Association, and the Rhode Island State Nurses Association.She is also a hospital liaison for the Northeast Pediatric Cardiology Nurses Association.
In 2001, Lombardi
received the Clinical Nurse Excellence Award from the Children's Hospital
of New York Presbyterian.