Seven Bon Secours Charity Health System Nurses and One Holistic Health Practitioner Complete ‘Caring Advocate’ Program

Graduation held at Mount Alverno Center 

Caring Advocate Graduation 2On Wednesday, April 30, six of seven Registered Nurses and one Holistic Health Practitioner, all serving in Orange and Rockland County hospitals that form the Bon Secours Charity Health System, participated in a graduation ceremony held in the chapel at Mount Alverno Center in Warwick, NY.

Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals; Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

The graduates had just successfully completed The Bon Secours Health System Inc. Caring Advocate Education Program, a system-wide educational initiative to prepare them with knowledge, experience and practice skills rated to a Professional Practice Model that emphasizes Dr. Jean Watson’s Theory of Caring and Relationship-Based Care.

In 2007 Dr. Jean Watson founded the international nonprofit Watson Caring Science Institute with the mission to restore the profound nature of caring-healing in today’s healthcare systems and to retain its most precious resource, caring professional nurses and transdisciplinary care team members.

Dr. Watson’s Theory of Human Caring (Caritas) is now used in approximately 300 health care institutions in the United States and other institutions worldwide. And the Bon Secours Charity Health System is committed to the adoption of her Theory of Human Caring and the “Caritas” philosophy.

The recent graduates are St. Anthony Community Hospital Registered Nurse Claudia VanRaamsdonk, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse Donna Regan, Registered Nurses Sandy Gomas and Carol Tunney of Schervier Pavilion skilled nursing facility; Regina Stafford and Catherine Hood of Bon Secours Community Hospital, Orange County Nurse Manager Maureen Donnelly and Holistic Health Practitioner Karen Dalton of St. Anthony Community Hospital.

The new Caring Advocate Education Program nurses were mentored for six months by Janet Bailey, Joie Ogrodnick, Kathy Guerra and Gunnel Greenfield. Their work and study projects focused on self-care to prevent nurse burnout; developing trusting relationships with patients and coworkers; and creating a caring, healing environment.

“The Caring Advocate Program,” said graduate Maureen Donnelly, MSN, RN, information nurse manager Orange County, “allows us to discern the Dr. Jean Watson theory and bring the caring concept to the nurses and patients at the bedside.”

Bon Secours Charity Health System nurses are invited to apply and to be part of this annual program, which will begin in September.