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CHOC CLINICAL LEADER RECOGNIZED FOR EDUCATION, MENTORING
September 30, 2013

A clinical nurse specialist in the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s has been recognized by a leading trade publication for her dedication to education and mentoring.

Kathleen Adlard has been named this year’s western regional recipient of the Giving Excellence Meaning (GEM) Award in the category of education and mentorship from “Nurse.com,” a top nursing trade publication. She’ll advance to the national competition this fall.

The award recognizes a registered nurse who “contributes to nursing’s body of knowledge through formal nursing education, skills training or continuing education, or who guides, supports or influences nurses’ career development in meaningful, measurable ways through the art of nursing.”

“What was especially exciting is being recognized for something I love to do and gives me joy, which is to be an educator and a mentor,” Adlard said. “We tend to minimize our impact on other people, but it’s nice to be recognized.”

One of five nominees, Adlard was recognized specifically for her oncology expertise; mentoring of new and experienced nurses; coaching of nurses in nursing research; contribution to pediatric nursing texts; and authorship of multiple nursing and family educational publications.

“She is known for establishing a vision for nursing, role modeling desired behaviors, inspiring others to act, and providing support and guidance to those around her,” Nurse.com stated. “She expertly cares for pediatric oncology patients and mentors others who do.”

As a clinical nurse specialist, Adlard conducts nursing research, ensures nurses are using evidence-based practices, provides nursing education, and coordinates the patient and family education program. At CHOC since 1995, she oversees about 120 registered nurses.

“We are very proud of Kathleen and this wonderful recognition of her nursing excellence,” said Louise White, CHOC’s vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. “Through her hard work and enormous talents, Kathleen has in countless ways enhanced the art and science of nursing and grown the body of nursing knowledge and expertise.”

Nurse.com is a print and online publication produced by Gannett Healthcare Group that for more than 30 years has served as the leading source of news for registered nurses throughout the country.

The award from Nurse.com is the second accolade in recent months for Adlard. In May, she received the "Kathy Ruccione Founder's Award for Excellence in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing” from the Southern California Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (SCAPHON).

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Andrea Woodhouse, Public Relations Specialist
phone: (714) 509-4183
email: awoodhouse@choc.org

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