Johnson & Johnson honors a Virtua 'Amazing Nurse'
Anyone who's met Ann Coyle, RN, BS,
knows that she's an amazing person, but now it's official. Ann is the winner of the 2012 Amazing Nurse Contest sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future. Ann works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Virtua Voorhees and was selected from more than 700 nominees.
Every day, Ann cares for critically ill premature babies. And every day, she also nurtures the parents of those babies and guides them through the care of their tiny infants. Ann is ecstatic when her patients are strong enough to go home with their parents.
"Being a NICU nurse is the best job in the world, most of the time," shares Ann. "We are blessed as nurses working in the NICU because we encounter many miracles. We see God's miracles even when things don't turn out the way we want."
In these more heartbreaking moments in the NICU, Ann is the first person called to counsel parents if their babies, sadly, do not survive. Ann has a special place in her heart for helping families through the grieving process. For nine years, she has facilitated the HOPING Support Group. "HOPING has been an amazing blessing in my life," she said. "Parents start out feeling like they're the only ones in the world to experience the grief of losing a baby. Within a few sessions, they're helping new members in the group. It's wonderful to watch the healing process."
As a tribute to those children and their parents, Ann dreamed of creating an Angel Garden - a peaceful outdoor memorial where families could see their child's name inscribed forever.
A location for the Angel Garden was designated during the design phase of the new Virtua Voorhees hospital, but it was up to Ann to make it a reality. That's when she began fundraising -restaurant nights, cookbook sales, bake sales and quilt raffles. With additional support from the Virtua Foundation, Ann raised more than $30,000 and the Angel Garden became a reality. Natural elements of stone, water and plants make it a tranquil oasis in a busy hospital. An angel statue that overlooks the garden was chosen by the parents who have lost children.
"Ann is an exceptional clinical nurse who treats everyone she meets with compassion," says Virtua Chief Nursing Officer Ann Campbell, RN, MSN, CNAA. "The beautiful Angel Garden is one of the many ways that Ann goes above and beyond what is required. She's truly deserving of the Amazing Nurse honor." Ann's coworkers and supervisors speak about the vitality that she has brought to the NICU for the last 29 years. She is known as an excellent clinician, a caring nurturer and a positive force on the unit. Her coworkers look forward to the activities that Ann plans to keep morale high and stress low. She created a red carpet awards ceremony that recognized each person in the NICU for things like, keeping the neatest notes and giving the best patient reports. This year, Ann started a kindness project on the unit to encourage staff to share positive thoughts with each other.
"We are very proud of Ann and the way that she represents all nurses at Virtua," says Richard P. Miller, Virtua President and CEO. "She is dedicated to providing an outstanding experience to her patients and their families, as well as her coworkers."
Congratulations to Virtua's Ann Coyle—an "amazing nurse" who more than deserves this recognition.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, nine ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare
, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
and the Fox Chase Cancer Center
. Virtua employs more than 8,700 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org