Nurse Melanie Mitchell awarded Leadership Excellence as a Frontline Nurse Award at the Northwest One Awards Ceremony
Published June 15, 2015
We are proud to celebrate with Nurse Melanie Mitchell as she was recently recognized at the Northwest One awards banquet for her Leadership Excellence as a Frontline Nurse.
Melanie is a clinical nurse in the emergency department of Providence Everett Medical Center, where she works in a 79 bed Level II rauma center which cares for close to 100,000 patients a year. Melanie is a charge nurse, a preceptor and teaches and precepts in the ED RN Residency Program. She is highly active in her organization’s clinical improvement projects including her Chairpersonship of the Triage Committee, chairing of the ED Nursing Governance Unit Based Council and the organization’s Shared Governance Practice council, and Governance Coordinating Council. Passionate about Ethics, Melanie is a member of her organization’s Ethics Committee. In this role she works to standardize her organization’s approach how a patient’s capacity for decision making was assessed and addressed. Doing an extensive review of the literature, Melanie worked to develop an organizational policy and procedure for assessing a patient’s decisional capacity. She translated this research into practice through the publication of her work: “Assessing Patient Decisional Capacity in the Emergency Department” in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
Maybe most impressive has been Melanie’s willingness to address nurse to nurse hostility and incivility during a recent union contract negotiation period. Her concern for behaviors that were unprofessional, violated the ANA code of Ethics, and not consistent with the values of her profession or her work colleagues, led her to publish an open letter to her fellow nurses that eloquently expressed the need for respectful freedom of self-expression and resistance to coercive bullying that would be damaging to team relations and spill over into patient care. Join me in recognizing Melanie for her courageous leadership.