Susie Graves, RN and Paula Martin, RN were recently recognized for their contributions to women’s health at the recent Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) awards banquet.
Susie Graves, RN, is the recent recipient of the 2007 Excellence in Leadership award presented by AWHONN. Graves currently serves as Director of Women’s and Children’s Services for Norman Regional Health System. A role she’s held for the past 7 years. She graduated from the OU College of Nursing and been an active member of AWHONN for 11 years.
Graves was nominated by her peers for her exemplary leadership skills. A coworker commented, “I have seen her be a true leader in every way. As a staff nurse, she was a resource to her co-workers and physicians as well as hospital administration. She has served as a charge nurse, assistant nurse manager, manager and now is a director.”
The organization described Graves as a “calm and focused leader who has the patient’s best interest at heart. As a leader, her peers mentioned that she serves as a role model and an example that character does matter.”
Paula Martin, RN a charge nurse at Norman Regional Family Birth Center was the recipient of the 2007 Excellence in Clinical Practice AWHONN award. Paula has served as a nurse at Norman Regional since 1992 where she served as a staff nurse in labor and in the post-partum unit. She has also worked in the GYN surgery department where her attention to detail and commitment to quality were highly praised. In 2002 she transferred back to the Family Birth Center as a staff nurse and currently serves as one of the charge nurses in the unit.
Annette Carter, RN manager of Family Birth Center stated, “I’ve seen such growth in Paula as a charge nurse. As a leader she consistently demonstrates professionalism, honesty, integrity and expertise in all interactions with others both inside and outside the department.”
Her peers in the Family Birth Center note “Paula makes everyone around her a better nurse. She takes a collaborative approach to decision making. Paula is committed to the profession of nursing.”
Paula serves on multiple hospital committees and helped to plan the 2007 AWHONN conference. She’s been a member of AWHONN for 6 years.
The awards ceremony recognized nursing leaders from across the state for the contributions to the specialties of women’s health, obstetric or neonatal nursing in six areas: advocacy, community service, education, leadership/management and practice and research.
The new Norman Regional Health System hospital at I-35 and Tecumseh will be completed spring, 2009 and will offer a full complement of women’s and children’s services.