UW-Green Bay MSN student, Jason Mattson (RN, BSN, CCRN), has been selected as the 2014 Carol & Robert Bush Excellence in Nursing Award recipient. Several of his colleagues and staff from Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, WI, along with Carol and Robert Bush, were on hand this morning to announce his award. Mattson was extremely surprised, and very thankful and humble to have received this award.
Fourteen years ago, Carol and Robert Bush approached Bellin Health with their wish to establish this award to recognize RN’s because of the outstanding care they received from Bellin. This prestigious award has been given to a well-deserving nurse every year since then. Each year, Mr. & Mrs. Bush personally review every nomination and they are impressed by the many inspiring stories and great work that accompany them.
The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding results in the field of direct (face-to-face) patient care by an RN. It is intended to award those who provide the highest quality care. The nominee should provide exceptional performance in care given directly to a patient and may also be involved in improving a process or procedure so that other providers can improve their ability to meet patient’s needs and enhance the quality of care. Individuals eligible for this prestigious award must be:
- A Registered Nurse within Bellin Health System
- Presently employed by Bellin Health as either full-time, part-time or casual part time
- Serving in a direct (face-to-face) patient care role
Mattson completed his BSN degree at UW-Green Bay in 2006, and joined the Bellin ICU as a staff nurse in 2007. He is anticipating to graduate with his MSN in Management & Leadership in Health Systems from UW-Green Bay at the end of this summer, 2015. Mattson completed and passed the rigorous Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification, and is a member of the Bellin Clinical Advancement Program (CAP).
According to his ICU leader, Mattson has received commendations and letters of thanks from patients who were grateful and noted how he would “go above and beyond” in providing care. He willingly shares his patient care knowledge, skills, and expertise with other nurses by teaching hemodynamic classes to his colleagues in the ICU and 12 lead electrocardiogram classes to nurses throughout the Bellin Health system. Aware of the need to promote excellence in bedside care to nurses at all levels of practice, he presents twice a year to novice Bellin nurses enrolled in the Wisconsin Nurse Residency Program about the critical assessment and skills needed for early recognition and treatment of sepsis in hospitalized patients.
Each year, the winner receives a Lladro sculpture of a nurse, a $5,000 cash award, and a memento of the award presentation. He will be formally recognized at the annual Bellin Health VIP event on April 9th at the Lambeau Field Atrium. Congratulations, Jason, on your very much deserved award.