Mary S. Fay Essence of Nursing Award Finalists
Joan Dorr, BSN, RN, Cardiac Surgery Step Down, Tower 8AB
Joan Dorr's expert patient care skills are matched by her superb teaching skills.
Dorr has oriented and precepted more than 20 new nurses and many nursing students in her nine and a half years at BWH. When she precepted a student as part of a newly created senior practicum in Northeastern University's nursing program in 1998, for example, Dorr set a clear list of objectives and held her student accountable for meeting them.
"She took the everyday kind of acute care nursing and not only met the patient's needs, but she weaved in an experience for an incoming nurse to learn the practice in a way that made the student connected and committed to the profession in an excited way," said Martha Griffin, PhD, CS, RN, who taught the Nursing Practicum Course at the time. "You could tell that Joan loved direct patient care and was committed to transferring that love to the student."
Dorr has declined positions that involve less direct patient care because spending time with patients is what she loves most.
"Everything Joan does and doesn't do is about her patient," said 8AB Nurse Manager Alison Gilmore, MSN, RN. "She is a stellar nurse and truly exemplifies what every patient hopes their nurse will be."
Recently, Dorr wrote about her love for nursing in a clinical narrative. "I try first thing in the morning to make contact, some kind of contact, with my patient, shake hands, touch a shoulder, and in some way, let them know that I am going to listen, advocate and teach. I will do whatever it takes to win my patient's trust or confidence. I consider it an honor to be with these people at this moment in their lives."
Dorr welcomes new nurses to 8AB with this same dedication. "Joan is there to teach the skills, tasks, policies and procedures," Gilmore said. "But she is also there to be sure that the nurse is included during lunch and introduces them to the rest of the team. She may even invite her orientee for a glass of wine after a long day to reflect on how things are going and to brainstorm together on how to move the orientation forward."
Dorr joined BWH in 1998 as a staff nurse on the Cardiac Step Down Unit. She previously was a staff nurse at Youville Lifecare in Cambridge. She has a BSN from Regis College.
Joan Dorr was nominated by Martha Griffin, PhD, CS, RN, program coordinator in the Center for Nursing Excellence.
SUZYN'S STORY OF JOAN:
Joanie and I grew up together in Boston, MA. We were introduced by our dear friend Phyllis Inman when Phyl began LPN school at Youville Hospital in Cambridge. So actually we all grew up together. Joanie's Italian Irish family was a second home for me. Although Joan, Brenda, Mary Jane and Ernie might tell you it was hard to tell me from a visiting friend or a family member! Her mother and father never complained how often I ate at their table. Actually their only concern was if I had had enough. I learned how to be a giving caring and sharing person with Ernie a Watertown Fireman and Phillis the mystical homemaker with I swear a the mystical all seeing eyes in the back of her head! As Spirit would have it my friend Ellen Tadd mentioned that I should meet Al Door living in Wendell MA at the time. We met and became fast friends especially because I loved his beautiful blue eyes and Regge music. Then one night kizmit happened at Jacks in Cambridge. I talked Joanie into going to hear his band the LOOSE CABOOSE play at Jacks in Cambridge. While at the nightclub I was able to introduce Joanie to Aldo. The rest is written in the lives of the Joan and Allyn Door family! Today I am not surprised that Joan loves her husband Al and two kids Ashley and Morgan and like her mother and Mother Mary never runs out of food or love to share at her home. The Morgan-Dorr's always have and extra plate or two on the table as to never make a soul uncomfortable should they happen by at meal time. Don't be surprised if you see me at the end of the table enjoying one of Morgan Dorr's great meals and still being a part of this never ending love story of Joanie and Aldo:-)