Griffin Hospital recently held its 32nd Annual Nurse Day Celebration to honor its more than 350 staff nurses and present awards to those nurses who provided exceptional care during the year. Kaila Parkins, RN, BSN, BC, of Orange, was named a 2018 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing winner and received The Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award.
Originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, the Nightingale Award celebrates outstanding nurses and elevates the nursing profession. The goals of the Nightingale Award program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.
Parkins was named The Outstanding Nurse of the Year for her commitment to mentoring fellow nurses, being vigilant about patient safety, and for providing person-centered care. As a nurse for 10 years on Griffin’s inpatient floors, Parkins has trained over 30 new nurses, instilling her strong critical thinking skills and excellent bedside manner. She often assumes the charge nurse role when needed, and her attention to detail and clear communication make her a respected team member for nurses and the hospital medical staff.
She has been named Griffin’s Employee of the Month several times, is a member of Griffin’s Nursing Performance Improvement Committee, and has assisted with multiple quality audits and care improvement projects.
“Kaila is an informal leader, excellent clinician, patient advocate and an asset to her unit,” said Griffin Hospital Vice President of Patient Care Barbara Stumpo. “Her attention to detail, responsiveness and accountability are unparalleled. She is the personification of high reliability.”
Kaila Parkins poses with her husband, Dan Parkins, left, mother, Davida Pepe and father, Steve Pepe.