Carroll County General names Nurse of the Year

May 11, 1993

Donna Geiman has been named 1993 nurse of the year from Carroll County General Hospital. She has been with the Westminster hospital for 18 years and works in the emergency department.

John Sernulka, executive vice president of the hospital, said it is "proud that she is a member of our nursing staff and a neighbor in our community."

"Her contributions to our hospital are invaluable," he said. "Her understanding that good nursing care is the foundation of a community hospital helps to raise the standard of care throughout our institution."

Ms. Geiman, who is 36, went to work for CCGH in 1975 as a nurse's aide, two years before she graduated from Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. After her graduation, she became a graduate nurse on a surgical unit and then, when she passed the state board examination, a registered nurse.

In 1978, she was asked to help the hospital establish a surgical intensive care unit. In 1980, she joined the emergency department staff, which now treats about 24,000 patients annually.

Joan Hoff, nurse manager of the unit, said Ms. Geiman "sets the pace for other staff members and gives patients confidence. As

a result, she is usually chosen to orient new nurses and supervise training for a new technique or explaining a policy or procedural change."

For 14 years Ms. Geiman, a resident of Westminster, has been an active member of the ambulance crew for the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Department, serving as an emergency medical technician.

She has helped teach area children about emergency medical services and has taught courses on baby-sitting and accident prevention.

She has organized community activities for annual observances of Emergency Medical Services Week.

She is married and has three young sons.

As CCGH's nurse of the year, Ms. Geiman was nominated for the Maryland Hospital Nurse of the Year Award sponsored by the Maryland Hospital Association's Center for Nursing and Allied Health Careers. Nominees were accepted from participating acute-care hospitals in the state.

They had to demonstrate ability and clinical expertise, commitment to the hospital and the community, and have letters of support from colleagues, supervisors and physicians.

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