Mandy Blajszczak, Director of Nursing at Wyoming Behavioral Institute, was named the 2018 recipient of the highly competitive Norman S. Holt Award for Nursing Excellence on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Wyoming Hospital Association names one recipient of the Norman S. Holt Award for Nursing Excellence annually.
“We are so proud to have Mandy receive this Norman S. Holt Award, and support her in all her future endeavors,” says UHS Divisional Vice President Valerie Devereaux. “Our UHS nurse campaign speaks to ‘Remarkable Nurses’ and Mandy fits that bill. This a nurse who is the Best in Class, Professional Psychiatric Nurse. Despite her long days at work, Mandy has been consistent in pursuing her professional degree while challenging the false stigma related to mental health nurses. She has excelled in ‘Caring’ for her patients while challenged by the rigors of advanced education, family and a very busy schedule. Our UHS nurses see Mandy as a role model and they aspire to have Mandy’s conviction and love for this specialty practice in nursing.”
Mandy has grown into a leadership role during her 13-year career at WBI that CEO Joe Gallagher says allows her to be “an expert in the delivery of quality psychiatric services in Wyoming.” She has demonstrated the ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at any given moment,” Mr. Gallagher says. “Her history is reflective of high quality patient care with psychiatric and medical team management across multiple patient populations.”
Mandy has shown creativity and innovation in nursing care in a complex environment caring for a daily census of more than 100 children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients on and off the main hospital campus. Her goal is to enhance patient care while managing costs. She maintains working knowledge of current medical and psychiatric terminology, procedures and standards of care, and electronic health information systems. She has chosen this year to be trained to implement The Nurtured Heart Approach, a relationship-focused methodology for helping children (and adults). The Nurtured Heart Approach has been shown to create transformative changes in children diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and other behavioral, emotional and anxiety related symptoms. Mandy already implemented trauma informed care at WBI, rooted in verbal de-escalation and the Handle with Care model of physical intervention.
As a direct result of Mandy’s efforts, WBI’s Child and Adolescent Behavior Assessment change score was in the top 25% of comparable child adolescent residential programs in 2017. The comparison group includes more than 8,400 patients discharged from 68 programs. WBI can demonstrate that more than 80% of our child and adolescent residential treatment patients exhibit statistically meaningful improvement using patient self-report rating scale. More than 613 patients surveyed 30 days after they discharged from WBI in 2017 reported their hospitalization had positive results. In 2018, more than 300 adults discharging have given WBI four and a half out of five stars for the care they received.
WBI Medical Director Dr. Steve Brown says Mandy has progressed into being an excellent manager and leader who is able to motivate and train highly loyal staff. “It has been my pleasure working with Mandy since she began at WBI,” Dr. Brown says. “She has always been positive, compassionate and thoughtful. She is truly appreciated and a joy to work with.”
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