Shayna Stevens, a trauma clinician at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, was named a Distinguished Trauma Certified Registered Nurse by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. She was chosen by a panel of BCEN representatives and other experts in specialty certifications.
Stevens was nominated by hospital trauma program manager Katherine Writhe, who lauded her commitment to patients and colleagues.
“As a leader in a small department, Shayna served as a guiding light these last few years,” Wright wrote in her nominating letter. “Her focus on what is best for the patient and how to help support her co-workers so they also focus on what’s best for the patient and their family is a shining example of what professionalism in nursing should be about.”
Stevens has worked as a trauma nursing core course instructor and helped develop and refine classes for emergency department staff. She is the chair of her unit’s shared governance council, the trauma department’s representative to the ED’s shared governance council, and the trauma department representative to the hospital’s shared governance council. She says that she felt incredibly honored to have been nominated for the award.
“I have practiced in many different settings and roles throughout my nursing career, yet I had never felt compelled to earn a certification in nursing, Stevens said. “Once I became a trauma clinician, I realized I had found the role I had been searching for. My new position brought passion for nursing back into my career. Winning this award only reinforces the commitment I made to become the best trauma nurse I could.”