Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Health Care Hero Finalist: Linda Covert, R.N.

The Maryland Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards ceremony honors special caregivers who exemplify extraordinary commitment to their profession. The breakfast to honor the 2010 finalists is on Wednesday, March 24, but before the big day we wanted to use this space to profile the nominees.

Linda Covert is a nursing clinical leader in the orthopedic and trauma unit at Sinai Hospital. She has been a Sinai nurse for 21 years.

Linda exemplifies the characteristics of a health care hero based on her knowledge in the field of nursing, advocacy for patients, and the community and leadership within the hospital.

As the only certified orthopedic nurse at Sinai Hospital, Linda is always willing to lend a helping hand to all staff members, regardless of the task. She is a mentor to the staff and a shining example of how to provide the best care to our patients.

“Linda is “my go to nurse” on the unit,” said Sue Pugh, R.N., Advanced Practice Nurse for the orthopedic, neuroscience and rehabilitation units. “Whenever I need to know what’s going on, and happening at the bedside of our critically ill patients, I ask Linda. She has excellent assessment skills and quickly identifies when a patient’s condition is deteriorating and needs immediate assistance.”

For the past two years, Linda has organized and ran the Orthopedic Nurse’s Day at Sinai, which includes hands-on education and “show and tell” events about orthopedics and orthopedic health care concerns. Linda also participates in the annual community education event related to orthopedic concerns at Pimlico Elementary/Middle School.

Linda is an exceptionally strong nurse leader and is well respected by her orthopedic surgeon colleagues. In addition to all of her leadership and patient care roles at Sinai, in 2008 Linda was the president of the Baltimore chapter of the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses.

“As a clinical leader, Linda never hesitates to get involved in situations that arise with patients and is able to quickly fix a problem when she see’s it,” said Sue. “She’s not afraid to speak up and advocate for the staff or patient when she knows it is in the best interest of either or both. Sue is an invaluable leader in our Sinai nurse community.”

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