VAN NUYS, CA – Valley Presbyterian Hospital is pleased to announce that Clinical Diabetes
Educator Sandra Pieschel recently was named as a finalist for Nurse.com's
Nursing Excellence GEM Awards 2014 for the California region. Ms. Pieschel
is among a select group of nurses nominated for their outstanding contributions
to patients, the health care industry and the collective nursing profession.
Honorees will be announced at an event held June 27 at the Hilton Los Angeles/
Universal City. Nominees selected from each state are then considered
for the Nurse.com National Nurses of the Year award.
"It is an honor to be a nominee for Nurse.com's national award,"
said Ms. Pieschel. "My patients drive and motivate me to strive toward
improving clinical outcomes and quality of life for those living with
Ms. Pieschel's expertise and roles have spanned the continuum of care.
She is an RN with more than 30 years of diabetes management experience,
including inpatient and outpatient hospital programs. She specializes
in adult, pediatric and gestational diabetes. In addition, Ms. Pieschel
also has a concurrent 30 years of experience in cardiac rehabilitation,
and specializes in exercise therapies for both cardiovascular conditions
and glucose management.
"Sandra has developed an effective system for applying evidence-based
interventions to improve clinical outcomes and affect organizational change
in an environment with low readiness levels, where change is difficult,"
said Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer Lori Burnell.
In addition to her work at VPH, Ms. Pieschel also is an active member of
several organizations, including the American Heart Association, American
Diabetes Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, California
Association of Diabetes Educators, California Society for Cardiac Rehabilitation,
California Tobacco Coalition, and the American Association of Clinical
ABOUT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is an independent, nonprofit and nonsectarian
hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley community
for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute
care hospitals in the Valley region and continues to provide patient-centered
care for a healthy community. The 350-bed facility offers advanced technology
and a full range of medical services to improve and save lives.