Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently recognized two nurses for excellence in nursing. The Excellence in Nursing awards were given at Bayonet Point's HCA Awards of Distinction celebration. The Excellence in Nursing Awards were established by HCA to honor outstanding nurses who demonstrate excellence in professional mentoring and in providing compassionate care. The awards honor exceptional individuals whose work and lives reflect the patient-centered and humanitarian values upon which HCA was founded.

There are two Excellence in Nursing Awards, one from each of the two categories:

Compassionate Care: This award is given to a nurse who demonstrates exceptional nursing knowledge and expert skills and consistently applies with both compassion and integrity, so that the quality of the care experience and the care outcomes are improved for patients in any clinical setting or nursing specialty. This year's recipient is Gwenn Hartley.

Professional Mentoring: The award is given to a nurse who advances nursing practice in any clinical setting or nursing specialty by guiding or supporting career development for individuals or groups of nurses or by advancing evidence-based nursing knowledge. This award was given to Crystal Drilea.

The nursing winners receive $500 each. Each winner also receives a plaque, a front row parking spot or pass in the physician's parking lot for one full year, and a beautiful large garden basket and the Excellence in Nursing lapel pin.

In making the announcement, Chelsea Erickson, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, stated, "The HCA Excellence in Nursing Award is the newest addition in our family of HCA Awards of Distinction, which include the Frist Humanitarian Award and the Innovators Award."