EndoNurse has a long tradition of honoring the best endoscopy professionals. Our team is proud to continue that tradition with the 2012 Most Valuable Professional (MVP) contest.
Thousands of online votes have been tallied and the winner is ... Donna Dickinson! Second place goes to Shelly Hoffman. Third place: Ismeal Rivas. Congrats to these top three!
The runners up are Zeinab Mustafa (fourth place) and Lynne Thomas (fifth place).
Renimole Sebastian was only a few votes behind Lynne Thomas. Sorry, Renimole! Better luck next year. Please note that anyone can be nominated again, as long as they've never won first place in our contest.
The top five have bios below. The top three receive prizes and the top five receive certificates commemorating their award. Congratulations to these winners!
1. Donna Dickinson
Donna Dickinson, RN, AD, clin 2, is an endoscopy staff nurse at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, in Mechanicsville, Va., and at her facility, she's been considered an MVP long before winning this contest, according to her nominator, Charlotte Timberlake-Torseth, RN, a staff nurse at Bon Secours.
Donna has been published in multiple publications, such as The American Journal of Gastroenterology, and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and has written about topics from gastroesophageal reflux and gastric biopsy to hernias and high-resolution manometry and endoscopy.
Donna was the first endoscopy nurse in the state of Virginia to provide high-resolution manometry (Manoscan 360). She set up and now maintains the high-resolution manometry service at Bon Secours MRMC endoscopy, as well as esophageal, impedance, anal-rectal, and 24-hours PH monitoring. Donna is also a credential trainer for Medivators AER (automatic endoscopy repressors).
She reviews and updates current reprocessing procedures and performs annual staff evaluations following the compliance of standards of care. A partnering ambulatory surgery center just obtained a new Medivators AER and Donna has assisted in setting up policy and procedures for it, as well as staff training.
She has presented educational research posters at Digestive Disease Week and at the Bon Secours endoscopy conference. Additionally, Donna gives talks to the new hires on manometry during their orientation. She has also assisted with a Medical Explorer program by organizing and presenting an educational station to high-school students who are interested in a possible career in the health profession.
And as if all that's not enough, Donna is part of a team of endoscopy nurses who are presenting a Power Point presentation on colorectal-cancer screening for Grand Rounds. According to her nominator, Timberlake-Torseth, "Donna Dickinson is a busy and accomplished nurse. Her hard work, dedication, and friendliness have made her our MVP."
Donna told EndoNurse magazine that she is excited about her standing in the EndoNurse MVP contest.
"When I was nominated for MVP by one of my co-workers, Charlotte Timberlake-Torseth, I was thrilled and just so touched that she thought of me for this honor," Donna said. "The rest of the endoscopy team here at Memorial Regional Medical Center was so encouraging and supportive of me as well. When I read the information about the other nurses nominated, I realized the competition to make to the top five would be stiff. I never really believed that I would make it to this point!"
And not only did she make it to the top five, she won!
When Donna started in her nursing career, she worked in med-surg, and then moved to the ICU, OR and PACU.
"I realized that what made me happiest was getting my patients well and sending them home to their loving families," she said. "Conversely, what made me sad was seeing preventable, treatable disease processes progress into serious conditions before the patient sought healthcare. It was then that I realized that I wanted to be on the wellness end of the healthcare continuum."
Donna said she felt that endoscopy would be a "great place to fulfill my desire to educate the public on preventative healthcare measures as well as work in a growing field where skilled care was greatly needed. One of the best aspects of being a nurse is the opportunity to teach, learn and grow all through your career."
Donna is very active in community programs and jumps at opportunities to share information on how, when, and why people need to get their screening colonoscopy. "However, as we all know, endoscopy nursing is far more expansive than just colonoscopy procedures," she said. "I have worked in many aspects of this field and have focused more on manometry procedures in the last five years as this is a growing need for our patient population."
She added that the ability to be part of a team dedicated to diagnosing, treating and preventing serious, life-threatening conditions is why she is an endoscopy nurse.
"I strive to be that person who goes the extra mile for my patients, co-workers and peers so that we can all give excellent care to those in need each and every day," Donna added.
Congratulations to the winner of our 2012 contest!