Laura Conboy, RN, and Sarah Perlo were honored at the Fall 2022 Nursing Conference with two of the department’s most prestigious awards.
Margaret C. Tibbetts Award
Conboy, who is the night charge nurse at the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program, received the Margaret C. Tibbetts Award, which recognizes a nurse who exemplifies leadership in nursing, including advocacy in the advancement of nursing practice, teaching, and research.
Acknowledging that the night shift can be challenging because of higher patient acuity and fewer staff, nominator Jeanne McElhinney, MS, RN, BC, spoke about Conboy’s brand of leadership.
“Laura is a role model for mental health specialists and nurses from both our unit and the nursing resource team. She’s always willing to orient new nurses to the night shift and supports mental health specialists (MHS) with their education and career goals,” she said.
In the nomination form, McElhinney and co-nominator Nicole Visaggio, RN, described Laura as creative, calm, skillful, and meticulous. “Laura reviews the patients’ medications and history, often picking up on concerns that should be followed up on. Many of these things would be missed if she was not so diligent in her work.”
During the height of COVID, when mental health specialists were concerned about providing care to patients in isolation, “Laura worked with the night MHSs, supporting and educating them about the risks involved,” they wrote.
After receiving the award, Conboy said she was very honored: “A special thank you to the unit and specifically you, Jeanne and Nicole,” said Conboy. “I can’t imagine being the nurse I am today having worked anywhere else or with anybody else.”
The award is named after the longtime director of the nursing school and Department of Nursing at McLean.