Internal Nursing Awards

Each year Memorial Hospital recognizes and honors excellence among Memorial Hospital Belleville and Memorial Hospital Shiloh nursing staff through the Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Nurses may be nominated by their colleagues, physicians, or patients. The award was established to recognize nurses who demonstrate excellence and leadership in their role and practice setting. The recipients are selected by the awardees from the previous year based on the Magnet® domains of Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes. A ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award is also established for nurses newer to the organization or to nursing practice that are seen as rising stars.

Nurses who receive this award are role models for nursing excellence, provide excellent care in a professional and competent manner while demonstrating a holistic approach to caring. They have personal qualities that enhance practice and relate to patients, families, and their peers. They participate in quality, research, and strive for professional development through certification and education. They are nurses who truly advocate for patients and their families. 

In 2018, we initiated the first ever ‘Distinguished Magnet Nurse of the Year’; an award intended for a nurse who fully encompasses all the Magnet® components in their professional practice.

2018 Excellence in Nursing Awards Recipients

Distinguished Magnet Nurse of the Year

  • Cathleen Fenton MSN, RN, CNOR

Transformational Leadership

  • Candice Varel BSN, RN-BC
  • Jennifer Durbin MSN, RN-BC

Structural Empowerment

  • Kristina Schmuck BSN, RN-BC
  • Lauren Bovenzi RN, CGRN

Exemplary Professional Practice

  • Brittni Jackson BSN, RN
  • Joanne Wood RN-BC

New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements

  • Kristen Kustermann MSN, MBA, MHA, RN, CCRN
  • Mary Jane Maxfield RN, ACM

Empirical Outcomes

  • Chrystal Kamm BSN, RN-BC
  • Denis Huelsmann BSN, RN, CEN

Rookie of the Year

  • Brittany Schulte RN-BC
  • Jessica Nave RN

2019 Excellence in Nursing Awards Recipients

Distinguished Magnet Nurse of the Year

  • JoAnne Sehr MSN, RN, CAPA

Transformational Leadership

  • Kellie Haar RN
  • Mary Marlen BSN, RN-BC

Structural Empowerment

  • Lindsey Wilson MSN, RN-BC
  • Holly Buhler BSN, RN, CCRN

Exemplary Professional Practice

  • Denise Burns BSN, RN, CGRN
  • Christina Jenkins MSN, RN, CPAN

New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements

  • Joyce Muskopf BSN, RN, CEN
  • Bonnie Carrillon RN

Empirical Outcomes

  • Megan Kinsella BSN, RN-BC
  • Angela Hampton RN

Rookie of the Year

  • Crystal Neuwirth RN-BC
  • Anna Nowak BSN, RN, CCRN

No Excellence in Nursing Awards were given in 2020 due to the pandemic. A recognition event is planned for 2021.

Recognizing Individual Nursing Achievements

Lindsey Wilson MSN, RN-BC: Recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Leadership Award

The Outstanding Leadership Award is intended to recognize directors, managers and supervisors at Memorial Hospital: Belleville & Shiloh, who are role models and consistently exceed expectations.  All directors, managers and supervisors were eligible provided he/she has worked at Memorial Hospital for at least one year and has received a formal Performance Appraisal. The year 2020 marked the first ever Outstanding Leadership Award. Eleven nominations were submitted in the nursing/clinical category and five nominations in the non-clinical/support category. 

Lindsey Wilson MSN, RN-BC (Nurse Manager) received the first Outstanding Leadership Award in the nursing/clinical category. She received numerous nominations, all which spoke of her strong leadership characteristics, as well as her compassion. She is an effective communicator and listens to her staff. Congratulations Lindsey on this accomplishment!