Tamika’s passion for empowering others and the results of that empowerment make her a deserving nominee for this award.Christina DeTurris, MS, RN, C-EFM.
Tamika Marciniec, BSN, RN, CPAN, a Registered Nurse in Cheshire Medical Center’s Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), was honored with the 2023 Rising Star Award from New Hampshire Nurses Association (NHNA) as part of their annual meeting on Oct. 4. The award celebrates a nurse who has been in the field less than five years and has both contributed to the profession and has demonstrated significant potential as a leader and nursing advocate, a rising star in the field.
“We are so proud of the work Tamika has done to advocate for a nursing mentorship program and her passion for supporting the next generation of caregivers,” said Chief Nursing Officer Anne Tyrol, MHA, MSN, RN, CEN, CENP. “We see the amazing care our nurses provide at the bedside daily, and it is equally important to recognize the contributions they make to their peers and the nursing department as we continue to raise the bar for clinical excellence and professional practice.”
Christina DeTurris, MS, RN, C-EFM, nominated Tamika for the award after learning about her BSN capstone project which focused on creating a nurse mentor program. Tamika presented her findings to key stakeholders at Cheshire. Her presentation inspired a group of leaders at the Medical Center to work together to create and implement a formal nurse mentoring program.
“The idea of implementing a nurse mentoring program demonstrates caring, professionalism, patient advocacy, leadership, and involvement in nursing and the community,” Christina DeTurris, MS, RN, C-EFM, who works in Cheshire’s Hematology-Oncology department said in the award application. “In addition to the mentoring program, Tamika strives to help other nurses gain confidence in themselves and their practice through teaching and helping her colleagues. She proactively seeks opportunities to help her team, listening to her colleagues’ concerns and looking for solutions to everyday issues. Tamika’s passion for empowering others and the results of that empowerment make her a deserving nominee for this award.”
Tamika earned her associate’s degree from River Valley Community College and her BSN from Granite State College. She is currently enrolled in a master’s in leadership and management. To learn more about Tamika’s nursing career at Cheshire, watch this video.
“Tamika joined us from the Medical-Surgical Unit, and has had tremendous growth as a nurse here in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU),” said PreOp & PACU Nurse Manager Pam Switzer, MSN, RN. “She brings clinical inquiry to her practice and is always looking to make improvements that will benefit our patients and staff. I appreciate her hard work, desire, and passion for nursing, and I look forward to watching her continue to grow in our profession.”
The New Hampshire Nurses’ Association is a not-for-profit membership association and the only state organization that advocates for all nurses regardless of specialty or practice setting. Since its founding in 1906 by six forward-thinking nurses, NHNA has represented the nursing profession in N.H. through legislation, political action and professional development. They are a Constituent State Nurses Association (C/SNA) of the American Nurses’ Association (ANA).
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First row from left: PreOp and PACU Nurse Manager Pam Switzer, MSN, RN; Tamika Marciniec, BSN, RN, CPAN; Senior Director Quality and Patient Safety Angie LeFebvre, MSN, BSN; Clinical Surgical Services Director Ashley Copeland, MSN, RN.
Back row from left: President and CEO Joe Perras, MD; CNO Anne Tyrol, MHA, MSN, RN, CEN, CENP; and Inpatient Nursing Sr. Director Tiffany Boyd, MSN, RN.