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2007 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Nurse Honored with Nursing Spectrum Award for Teaching

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla., (October 29, 2007) - Morton Plant Mease Health Care registered nurse Susan Shuman has been honored by the 2007 Nursing Spectrum Excellence Awards. The awards recognize nurses for their leadership and commitment to the profession. Shuman, an education specialist at Mease Countryside Hospital, is among six Florida regional winners in the categories of Advancing and Leading the Profession, Clinical Care, Community Service, Management, Mentoring and Teaching.

Shuman was nominated by her peers for the Teaching category and selected from 30 finalists. She received the honor during the 2007 Nursing Spectrum Excellence Awards gala held on September 28 in Fort Lauderdale.

“Susan Shuman is to be commended. She is a fantastic educator and an inspiring role model to women and men entering the nursing profession,” said Lisa Johnson, MS, RN, CNAA, vice president of patient services, Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

"I feel incredibly honored and overwhelmed that my peers thought that I deserved such recognition," said Shuman, RN, MS, education specialist, Mease Dunedin Hospital. "I am privileged to do what I love for a living. Nursing has allowed me to make a difference in people's lives via education in a variety of capacities."

Nursing Spectrum magazine announced Shuman’s honor in a recent article and noted that Shuman is trained as a research scientist and has always defined herself as an educator. During graduate school, she taught human anatomy and physiology to nursing and pharmacology undergraduates and found it incredibly rewarding. It anchored her interest in how the human body works. She became a nurse to help patients better understand their health and overcome their fear of the unknown. She enjoys serving as an educator, can convey complex information in ways that are easy to grasp, and adapts her style and methods to meet students' needs.

According to Nursing Spectrum, the Excellence Awards recognize extraordinary contributions nurses make to their patients, each other, and the profession. Nominators submitted information about nurses' professional roles, their contributions to the nursing profession in general, and specific examples that demonstrate the candidates' excellence in a chosen category. Finalist nominations were blinded and ranked by regional nursing leaders on the judging panel. Regional winners in each category will be judged against other winners from across the country, with overall Nurse of the Year winners in each category to be announced at the end of 2007.

Established in 1985, Mease Countryside Hospital is a 300-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Since 1997 Mease Countryside has been awarded nine Top 100 Hospital designations in the areas of stroke, orthopaedic, intensive care and overall care by the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success. In 2003, the hospital was awarded Magnet Designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. The hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care are part of the first group of hospitals nationally to have earned re-certification of the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Mease Countryside Hospital is located at 3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor, Fla., (727) 725-6111.

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager