Congratulations to Kelli Sheehan, RN, level II staff nurse on 6 West, who's been selected as June's Employee of the Month.
Sheehan's employee of the month nomination broke the record for the thickest one to date; enthusiastic coworkers and grateful parents wrote pages upon pages about how Sheehan exudes positivity while masterfully juggling her responsibilities as a charge nurse. New nurses love how Sheehan takes care to bolster their self-confidence while giving them a shoulder to lean on when they're learning new procedures. Families rave about how Sheehan makes them feel at home by giving them tours of the floor when they arrive and even learning phrases of their native language. Countless families appreciate how Sheehan uses Reiki and distraction techniques to put children at ease—while remembering every detail about their treatment.
But no matter what her nominators focused on, nearly everyone praised one of Sheehan's attributes in particular: her unique talent for making animal noises. Her spot-on impersonations are legendary on 6 West (staff favorites are the dog, monkey, dolphin and seagull). Her spontaneous bouts of screeching, squeaking and squawking regularly lighten the mood on the floor and illicit smiles and laughter from children and coworkers alike.
One family, who coined the term "super nurse" for Sheehan, is forever grateful for her sense of fun and devotion. Sheehan ran the Boston Marathon a few years ago for their son, Andy, who had been a long-term patient on the floor. The day after the race, she sent her marathon medal to him with a note that said, "he has earned it for all the 'marathons' he has gotten through! He definitely helped me get through this race as well." Three years later, Andy still keeps the medal hanging in his room.
To nominate a co-worker for employee of the month for exemplifying Exceptional Care, Exceptional Service standards, visit web2.tch.harvard.edu/eces/recognize.cfm.
Click here to see the most recent employee of the month nominees.