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Missouri Poison Center Nurses Recognized

Excellence in Nursing Award

picture of carolyn award winner

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Nursing Administration recently announced the nurses selected to receive the Sr. Noreen McGowan Conference Scholarship awards for the pursuit of Professional Development and Excellence.  Brittany Schmitt; a registered nurse and certified specialist in poison information (CSPI) at the Missouri Poison Center is one of ten recipients.  Brittany has been a member of the poison center team since 2015.  She is very passionate about education and intends to use this scholarship award to attend a national scientific meeting.  She would then like to utilize this new knowledge obtained in her profession and  share it with the poison center team and among other staff nurses as SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Hospital.  In 2018, Brittany and two of her colleagues completed and evidence based project reviewing the literature for the best practices in extended antidote treatment recommendations for acetaminophen overdoses. This opportunity to attend an upcoming conference will facilitate the completion of the next steps of this project while obtaining knowledge to thrive and grow in her profession and especially as a team.

Sr. Noreen McGowan Conference Scholarship Award for 2019.

St. Louis Magazine has announced its finalists for the 2019 Excellence in Nursing Awards, and 10 SSM Health nurses made the list. The 60 finalists were chosen by a panel of judges from more than 300 submissions. Carolyn Odom, from the Missouri Poison Center is one of those 10 SSM finalists.  Carolyn is recognized for her work in the category of Community Care/Ambulatory Care. 

Carolyn exemplifies the mission and spirit of SSM Health that through our exceptional healthcare services we reveal the healing presence of God.  Carolyn embraces the advanced technology of the department and creates and environment of learning and excellence.

Carolyn leads the research and writing team for our in-house triage and treatment guidelines.  These guidelines are breaking new grounds for case management.  Carolyn’s work with our medical director has been some of the most productive output to help the team manage more cases at home and demonstrate the true cost savings of our center.

Carolyn has served in her role as Certified Specialist in Poison Information and continuously maintained this certification for more than 30 years.  This places her in an elite group of her peers on a national level with the American Association of Poison Control Centers. 

Carolyn’s years of experience are evident in her communication with our callers and coworkers. She respects and promotes the dignity and well-being of each person through carefully managing poison emergencies on the hotline or through her transparency of her work that builds the trust with her peers.  The results that Carolyn produces and the lives that are saved each and every day from the work she does with the Missouri Poison Center is commendable.  She is professional, patient/coworker advocate, educator, leader and all-around excellent team member in our center.

April 18, St. Louis Magazine will host a reception at Windows on Washington to honor the finalists and name this year’s overall winners in each category.

Winners will be announced in the May 2019 issue of St. Louis Magazine.

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