APNA Nurses in Action: Jacqueline Gunning Inspires Behavioral Health Nursing Award
This year, Jacqueline "Jackie" Gunning, MSN, RN, retired after more than a decade as a psychiatric-mental health nurse leader at Baptist Health. Her passion for the delivery of compassionate care to individuals with mental health concerns helped pave the way to the development and expansion of a 34-bed adult inpatient psychiatric unit at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville in 2008. To honor Jackie's legacy of leadership, innovation, and dedication, the Baptist Health System has established the Gunning Behavioral Health Nursing Award to sponsor a nurse's attendance at the APNA Annual Conference.
Michael DeLaHunt (left), Diane Raines (center left), and Terrie Andrews (right) present a certificate to Jackie Gunning (center right).
"Psychiatric-mental health nurses are pivotal to the advancement and transformation of patient care in many health systems across the nation," says R. John Repique, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, system director for behavioral health at Baptist Health. "Through Jackie Gunning’s legacy, we are fortunate that our health system truly understands the value of the work that we, as psychiatric nurses, do every day to change health care for good."
Beginning in 2018, the Gunning Behavioral Health Nursing Award will recognize a full-time inpatient behavioral health nurse in the Baptist Behavioral Health system who embodies clinical excellence in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Like Jackie, this recipient will demonstrate stellar commitment to the continued advancement of the specialty of psychiatric-mental health nursing. To promote the delivery of specialized and compassionate care, the award includes registration, travel, and lodging expenses to the APNA Annual Conference and one year of APNA membership.
Jackie's work helped to build an environment of mental health care throughout Northeast Florida. This award will further expand her impact by promoting excellence for years to come.