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Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - BGMC Nurse Recognized as Broward County Nurse of the Year

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Karen Mulvaney, RN, MBA, CCRN, CEN, CFRN, EMPT, Broward General Medical Center Trauma Center, was selected as the Broward County Nurse of the Year for Florida Nurses Association District 21.

Mulvaney was nominated by Marie Rosina, EDD, assistant principal at Riverland Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, who said, “I have never met a nurse who is more dedicated to her profession than Karen. I have known her for ten years and there has not been a day when she wasn’t doing something involving medicine or nursing. I believe she deserves this honor more than any other nurse I’ve met.”

Suzan Zembal, nurse manager in Broward General’s emergency department, agrees. “Karen is recognized as a clinical expert by both her peers and the physicians here in the emergency department,” Zembal said. “She is very invested in nursing education and is a strong patient advocate. If you were sick, you’d want Karen to be your nurse.”

Mulvaney’s nursing background is extensive. In addition to her position as a trauma nurse at Broward General Medical Center, Mulvaney works on-call as a small aircraft transport nurse and teaches classes in Critical Care and Emergency Nursing at Broward Community College. She is also an active community volunteer.

Since 2003, Mulvaney has been a member of the South Florida Disaster Medical Assistance Team and the Southeast Region International Medical Surgical Response Team. Both teams are part of the National Disaster Medical Assistance Team, which deploys volunteers to disaster areas to provide medical care. Mulvaney served on response teams for Hurricanes Charley, Francis, Dennis and Katrina.

Mulvaney is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Emergency Nurses Association and the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association.

Barb Pritcher, MSN, RN, ONC, a clinical specialist in the medical surgical department at Broward General Medical Center, was also nominated for the award.

The Florida Nurses Association is a constituent of the American Nurses Association represents all of nursing, regardless of specialty or practice area. The organization serves as a voice for the nurses of Florida, fueled by the strength and commitment of the professional nurses who comprise its membership.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.