Tampa Bay/Hudson, Florida - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that Isabella Discepolo, RN, and Colleen Pascalli, RN, were both nominated for its Nurse of the Year at Good Samaritan Clinic's Ninth Annual Nurses' Gala held at the Spartan Manor. The Good Samaritan Clinic's Annual Nurses' Gala is a fundraiser to honor the nursing community and also support the Good Samaritan Clinic. This year Isabella Discepolo, RN, Emergency Department, was selected the Nurse of the Year for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.


Isabella has a reputation for conducting herself personally and professionally in a way that exemplifies Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's mission statement, which states, "Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life." She exhibits a true "servant's heart" and reaches out to all human kind whether they are rich, poor, or helpless members of our community. She has a reputation for superlative nursing skills and is a regular preceptor for new nurses. She is also known for her accessibility to colleagues and her willingness to share her expertise and help others.

Ms. Discepolo remains in her own education taking every opportunity to learn new skills. She was active in forming a new ENA (Emergency Nurses Association) chapter within the Hernando/Pasco County areas. She lends her leadership abilities to hospital committees to improve patient satisfaction and quality of care. Her team spirit is contagious in the Emergency Department and this encourages others to do their best as well. She is perhaps best known for her ability to 
_set an example_ for those around her to treat one another with loyalty, respect and dignity.


Ms. Pascalli began her nursing career as a Certified Nursing Assistant but graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing with honors in May 2014. Her nursing career focuses on quality care and patient safety. She is an advocate for patients, representing their interests on a variety of hospital committees such as the fall, sepsis, and stroke committees. She is an instructor for community programs including "matter of balance" and pre-op classes for elective 
joint replacement. She is also actively involved in the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" developing fund raiser activities and contributing much of her personal time to this important charity.

One nominee is quoted as saying, "I believe Colleen should be considered for this prestigious _Nurse of the Year_ award because she embodies the true definition of nursing each day that she cares for her patients." An example of her focus on quality care and patient is noted through her efforts to ensure an extra/separate hand sanitizer is available in each semi-private room for the patient in the additional bed. Her nomination also states, "Her leadership and patient advocacy skills, positive attitude and sense of teamwork proved to be the qualities required for successful implementation of the infection control initiative."

_ATTACHED PHOTO_: Isabella Discepolo receives her Nurse of the Year Award from George Eaton, RN, last year's 2014 Nurse of the Year. (Photo by J. David Wright)