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Nurse of the Year delivers Excellence
Every year, the Nurse of the Year award goes to the registered nurse
who has displayed the highest level of merit. With more than 50
exceptional unit winners vying for the top honor of Nurse of the Year,
Adina Garner, Labor and Delivery, represents the best of the best.
positions an electronic fetal monitor around an expectant mother. The
monitor traces fetal heart rate and contraction patterns during labor.
“It highlights the last 13 years of my work at MUSC,” said Garner. “I
was nominated and recognized by my peers, which is so important to me.”
As Nurse of the Year, Garner will enjoy a free parking space for a year
in the G lot. She also was presented a “Tourist in Your Own Town”
package that includes dinner certificates to local restaurants, a stay
at the Meeting Street Inn, a carriage ride downtown, spa treatments,
and a decorative plate of historic Charleston.
Garner’s specialty is outpatient education, specifically childbirth and
breastfeeding classes. She instructs mothers-to-be on the proper
techniques of these fundamental practices at both MUSC and Babies “R”
Us. She also shares her knowledge at the bedside by helping mothers
with their breathing positions and comfort positions while in labor.
Two philosophies guide Garner in her nursing practice; one being the
Golden Rule, which states “treat others as you would like to be
treated.” The other value system comes from her mother, Suzette Gaines,
R.N., who works in the medical intensive care unit (MICU). “She would
always tell me to do my best and work as if I was signing my name to
each task,” Garner said.
Garner credits the high caliber of staff in Labor and Delivery, veteran
and newer nurses alike, for her success. “One labor nurse can’t take
care of her own delivery, the mother, and the baby all by themselves,”
said Garner. “Whether it’s a Cesarean section or a normal delivery,
there’s at least another person in the room.”
In addition to staff support, Garner acknowledged the continuous
backing from her nurse manager, Debbie Jones, R.N. “She knows us
individually and personally, which gives her nurses a morale boost,”
She advises nurses who are just starting out in the profession to get
involved in various unit projects. “You have to be engaged in what you
do. We could go to the patient’s room and not come out until after the
baby’s born. However, if you participate in other projects like patient
satisfaction, customer service or patient education, you’ll remain
The honor of Nurse of the Year is decided by a hospitalwide committee
that selects one winner from the group of divisional winners.
Divisional winners, who also are chosen by committee, are first
nominated by hospital staff.
Friday, May 9, 2008
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