Photo of Chief Nursing Officer Catherine Luchsinger and Nicole Smith, 2016 Nurse of Excellence

Smith Named 2016 Halifax Health Nurse of Excellence

  • by halifax
  • October 6, 2016
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Halifax Health Chief Nursing Officer Catherine Luchsinger and Nicole Smith, 2016 Nurse of Excellence

Nicole Smith, a registered nurse who works in Halifax Health – Center for Oncology, was named Halifax Health’s 2016 Nurse of Excellence.

The Nurse of Excellence Award annually honors outstanding Halifax Health nursing professionals for their dedication to quality patient care.  Candidates nominated meet the following criteria: maintain ethical and professional behavior; participate in teaching of health maintenance and disease prevention; support quality improvement initiatives throughout the organization; offer nursing care that reflects the mission, vision and values of nursing service; and possess the ability to apply critical thinking and decision-making skills to care for the patient’s needs.

Nurse of Excellence nominees included: Heather Lemaster, Irene Talarico, Debra Robinson, Elizabeth Myrick, Christa Bader, Christine Drudy, Jane Melichar, Denise Cayer, Ginger Dunn, Jessica McCoy, Vinnecia Elliot, Ellie Skolnick, Taylor Hennessey, Dawn Pauley, Heather Hunter, Jessica Foster, Kelly Ann Gregory, Felecia Majkich, Khristi Sommers, Jennifer Dennison, Pam Cawood, Molly Livingston, and Michael Register.

The “Rookie of the Year” award, which is given to newly hired nurses, went to Amber McLaughlin, a registered nurse who works in the Halifax Health – Center for Orthopedics.

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, ComprehensiveStrokeCenter, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit


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