Winchester Hospital Nurse Wins Nurse of the Year Honors
Donna Sherrill was honored just to be a finalist at the March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter annual Nurse of the Year dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick. The thought of winning never crossed her mind.
So Sherrill, the director of Maternal Child Health at Winchester Hospital, told her children to stay home.
“I thought there was no way I was winning the award,” she said. “I told my husband to go to his business meeting,but luckily he ended up coming.”
When it was announced that she had won the Nurse of the Year award in the administrative category, she was shocked.
“March of Dimes is huge and this is an incredible accomplishment,” Sherrill said. “This is the pinnacle of my career as a leader in maternal child health. This is recognition from the highest body that represents our youngest and most vulnerable patients.”
In 2013, the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th Anniversary and its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy star tin life. Nurse of the Year is a statewide event that recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence and promotes the future of the nursing profession, while helping to advance the mission of the March of Dimes.
The Nurse of the Year selection committee reviewed applications and chose winners in 12 categories, including administration.
Sherrill, who has been in the nursing field for 24 years, is an active member of the Massachusetts Attorney General Shaken Baby Task Force responsible for state advocacy, creation and implementation into guidelines,programs and regulations that support healthy safe babies. At Winchester Hospital she has supported the introduction of the skin to skin initiative in both the delivery and post partum areas and designed and implemented the national DAISY Program, which recognizes the exceptional efforts that nurses make each day.
“Donna has created a professional nursing environment and culture where the highest quality and safe maternal child care is provided,” said Kathy Schuler, vice president of patient care services and CNO.“She works tirelessly to promote effective collegial working relationships between physicians and nurses so that the team is aligned with the patients’best interest as the priority. Her passion for the health of mothers and babies has made their care a priority for our organization.”
About Winchester Hospital
Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine,oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.