Licensed Practical Nurses/Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPNs/LVNs)

Top National Prize Winner - Deanna Taynor, LPN
(Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH)
 "LPN Offers Skilled Technical Knowledge to Nurses in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit"
Deanna is being recognized for her work in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where she is a vital resource to other nurses on taking care of babies with feeding and breathing tubes and as an advocate for the hospital’s tiniest, most fragile patients.
 
Nominated by: Barbara Spence

Deanna Taynor has worked at Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio for the past 38 years. She has exceptional customer service skills and bonds well with the long-term infant and their family. She not only offers medical support with her skill and knowledge base, but also emotional support through the long days that turn into weeks, months, and yes even years.

Many of these infants require the aid of a tracheostomy tube. To have consistency with infants, Deanna designed and compiled a “Tracheostomy Care” book to aid and assist in the teaching of Tracheostomy care of infants for parents, families, and foster families. It has become so relied upon, we now have a Spanish version.
Deanna helps coordinate the teaching and discharge planning for management of care at home. Staff members admire Deanna for her continued support of the chronic patient and look to her for her expertise in care of these infants. While highly professional, Deanna remains compassionate, a strong patient advocate and a true practitioner of family centered care. Deanna is recognized throughout the hospital as a past recipient of Employee of the month and the Patient Advocacy Award.
"Staff members admire Deanna for her continued support of the chronic patient and look to her for her expertise in care of these infants.."
While Deanna spends a good portion of her time in the NICU, she has also donated another portion of her own time promoting the LPN Association of Ohio and currently holds the position of secretary of the Columbus division; is a member of The Ways and Means committee and is on the Membership Committee. She also was Co-Chair of the 2002 State Convention. Deanna’s commitment to chronic Infants as well as to the LPN is commendable and admirable. I feel confident the panel of judges will review my nomination and realize what an exceptional and selfless individual is found in Deanna Taynor.