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IV Nurse Manager Named a Healthcare Hero

The Long Island Business News (LIBN) recently awarded its “Health Care Heroes” Nurse Hero Award to Margaret Hempstead, RN, nurse manager of the IV team at South Nassau Communities Hospital. LIBN’s “Health Care Heroes” awards honor individuals and organizations in the health care industry in Nassau and Suffolk counties for outstanding leadership and commitment.

As nurse manager of the IV team, Ms. Hempstead, who has been on the South Nassau staff for the past 35 years, administers intravenous medications, parenteral nutrition, chemotherapy and blood transfusions and oversees a staff of 22. Under Ms. Hempstead’s leadership, the IV team has expanded its role to include the bedside insertion and oversight of peripherally inserted central catheters using ultrasound, and daily monitoring of patients with central lines to help eliminate central line-associated blood infections.

During her tenure as nurse manager, she has helped develop an educational training program to reinforce critical care EMT’s use of aseptic technique in the insertion of IVs in the field. She also formed a committee to ensure that discharged patients and outpatients with surgically implanted infusa-ports would receive regular catheter maintenance while receiving medical treatment at home. Her contributions to nursing practice have been recognized by Tangent Medical, a manufacturer of IV therapy products, which selected Ms. Hempstead (a resident of East Rockaway) as a national finalist of the 2013 Nurses’ Choice awards. She was one of 27 nurses in the nation and the only Long Island nurse to receive the honor.

Also this year, she won the hospital’s Excellence in Community Service award for her nomination for’s Nursing Excellence “GEM” (Giving Excellence Meaning) Award in the Clinical Nursing Inpatient category and was saluted by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of Garden City in a special ceremony.

For nearly 30 years, she has volunteered as an emergency medical technician for the Woodmere Fire Department. She also lends her expertise to the company’s Performance Improvement Committee by helping to improve emergency medical technician lifesaving functions and processes. She has received service awards and citations from her local fire department as well as Nassau County for her dedication to emergency services and two life-saving responses with her rescue team members.

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