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CONCORD, Mass. — Emerson Hospital’s director of nursing education, Mary Seymour, RN, BC, MSM, was named a finalist for a Nursing Spectrum excellence award. Seymour was nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award, which honors registered nurses who have made significant contributions in education, professional development, and long-term learning of nursing professionals.

At Emerson Hospital, Seymour is responsible for leading and coordinating organization-wide nursing education activities and managing the IV resource team, enterostomal services and the diabetes education program.

“Mary is an outstanding nursing professional who is organized, dedicated, detail-oriented and creative,” said Kevin Whitney, RN, MA, CNAA, Emerson Hospital’s director of nursing services, who nominated Seymour for the award. “During the past five years, through her leadership, the education department has implemented several programs and enhancements, including an online annual competency program for all clinical staff, a nursing clinical advancement program and our shared-decision-making model. She and her team have been instrumental in establishing positive relationships with area colleges and schools of nursing, creating a formal mentor program for student nurses and developing a transition program for new graduate nurses. In addition to her educational responsibilities, she is a member of the Magnet [an award for nursing excellence] journey core team, is a team leader for our continuous JCAHO preparedness committee and has created effective methods regarding National Patient Safety Goal education. All of her work exceeds expectations.”

Seymour, who is prepared at the master’s level, has been an active member of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives (MONE) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), and has served on the MONE board of directors for several years. In October 2005, Seymour successfully achieved American Nurses Credentialing Center board certification in professional development.

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