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MOBILE, Ala. -- Liz Doll, clinical nurse educator for the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit at USA Medical Center was recently awarded the Outstanding Inductee Award for Graduate Students by the Zeta Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing at the University of South Alabama.
The award is given in recognition of Doll’s exemplary achievement and leadership as a student. Doll graduated from USA with a Master of Science in Nursing in May and will sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification later this year.
“I am humbled by the award because of the caliber of my fellow graduates,” Doll said. “I love working at the medical center because of our mission. We have the opportunity to serve a critically ill patient population with diverse needs.”
As a new member, Doll already demonstrates her commitment to STTI’s mission of advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, according to Alethea Hill, Ph.D., awards committee chair and USA associate professor, and Chrystal Lewis, Ph.D., USA College of Nursing faculty and the Zeta Gamma member who nominated Doll.
“Before being inducted into the society, she was already engaging in STTI sponsored conferences and grant submissions in addition to her exemplary nursing service and leadership record,” noted Hill and Lewis.
Doll joined USAMC as a bedside nurse in STICU after graduating from Spring Hill College in 2009. In 2014, she became the Clinical Nurse Educator for the department and is now responsible for ensuring that the STICU staff receive proper training on the techniques, equipment, and policies guiding care of critically ill trauma and surgery patients.
“I was interested in getting my CNL because while I wanted to obtain an MSN, I did not want to move away from direct patient care,” Doll said. “ I have seen first-hand the positive impact on patient outcomes that clinical nurse leaders have, and I look forward to using my newly acquired knowledge for the benefit of our trauma and surgery patients.”
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