Susan Gerard was recently awarded the Nursing Excellence Clinical Educator of the Year award at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The award is given to the outstanding nursing educator and must meet the following criteria for selection: Demonstrates exceptional clinical expertise, exceptionally engages, communicates and motivates staff highly accessible to nursing staff, creative and interactive role models and promotes lifelong learning and evidence-based practice.
Coworkers and patients alike have raved over Gerard’s success as a nurse and educator. “She not only is responsible for each RN’s continuing education on the unit, but she also insists on staffing in order to pitch in and stay connected to the patients and families,” said ACH nurses and administrators, “She stays late and comes in early to follow up with orientees and preceptors, and has managed to bring orientation to a whole new level of excellence.”
Gerard began her career at ACH as a Patient Care Technician in 2007. Upon graduation from the University of Central Arkansas in May 2008 with a BSN, RN degree, she started in the Infant and Toddler Unit before moving to the Intermediate Care Unit in 2009. She became a Clinical Educator in 2012 for the Intermediate Care Unit. The Intermediate Care Unit is a sister unit to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, caring for patients from birth to twenty-one years of age with illnesses like Respiratory Distress, Trauma and Head Injury, Sepsis, and Post Operative Observation. Gerard has worked at ACH for 7 years and is an RN IV.