Surgical intensive care unit nurse receives top honor
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Brian Claypool, RN, was named Loyola University Health System’s 2010 Nurse of the Year during its annual Nursing Excellence Award Ceremony on May 5. Claypool, who is a surgical intensive care unit nurse, is the first male to receive this top honor at Loyola. He was chosen for his skills as a clinical expert, educator, mentor and role model.
“Brian is a dynamic nurse leader and preceptor who facilitates good clinical experiences for new nurses and nursing and paramedic students,” said Kathy Przybyl, RN, who nominated Claypool for the award. “He is unflappable under pressure and thrives in emergency situations while still managing to make others laugh. Loyola is proud to honor him with this award.”
Claypool demonstrates nursing excellence on a daily basis at Loyola. On one occasion, he was returning equipment to another unit and stayed to assist with a procedure. After a patient transfer, Claypool found time to help two physicians insert a chest tube. He also responded to a hemorrhaging patient outside of the intensive care unit and arranged for a transfer back to the ICU. During his breaks, you can find him offering another pair of hands to help in the emergency department.
“It was an honor to be recognized by my peers,” Claypool said. “I am no more deserving of this award than anyone else. I would not be here without my team.”
The Nursing Excellence Awards Ceremony is an annual event to honor top Loyola nurses. Certain nurses also were recognized for their clinical expertise, leadership, patient advocacy, mentoring or skills as advanced practitioners. In a field traditionally dominated by women, three of these nurses were men. The following is a complete list of award winners:
Malgorzata Zimowska, RN – Clinical Expert
Suzana Nikitovic, RN – Role Model
Cynthia Webb, RN – Role Model
Alicia Velazco, RN – Role Model
Miriam Tournai, RN – Role Model
Kathryn Clancy, RN – Role Model
Janet Auclair, RN – Coach/Mentor
Christina Dabros, RN – Coach/Mentor
Jason Matiyow, RN – Patient Advocate
Kathy Supple, APN – Advanced Practice Nurse
Theresa Leonhardt, RN – Nurse Leader
Elmer Dulce, RN – Nurse Leader
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.