McCormick Recognized as One of Region’s Top Nurses for 2015

By Ed Moorhouse

Barbara McCormick

Barbara McCormick

Barbara McCormick, an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, has been recognized by as one of the top nurses in the region in 2015.

McCormick, a Turnersville resident, is one of six Philadelphia-area recipients of the distinguished Giving Excellence Meaning (GEM) Award, which honors outstanding nurses throughout the country and the extraordinary contributions they make to patients, the nursing profession, and the healthcare system.

“This is truly an honor and it validates what we do as nurses every day,” McCormick says. “This award speaks volumes to the community we serve and to the nurses we honor who provide care on a daily basis to those in need. The healthcare experience is not a one person job, and this award belongs to all my co-workers who have helped care for the patients we serve.”

Six winners were chosen from 30 regional GEM Award finalists this year. McCormick was recognized in the home, community, and ambulatory care category. She is eligible to win the national GEM Award in her category, which will be announced at the end of the year.

McCormick is a specialty care transport nurse for Kennedy Health System in Voorhees and teaches medical/surgical and critical care to students in the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree program.

She has worked for Kennedy Health for more than 20 years and manages teams of critical care nurses and emergency medical technicians who staff specialty care transport units for patients requiring medical monitoring or interventions beyond the capabilities of regular ambulances and ambulatory crew members.

McCormick gained her transport experience in the U.S. Air Force where she was deployed as a critical care air transport team nurse out of Afghanistan and was recently promoted to lieutenant colonel. She is an instructor for Kennedy Health’s life support program, in which she teaches life support to her staff and other healthcare professionals.

McCormick received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Holy Family University and is continuing her education as a student in the doctor of nursing practice program at Drexel University.

She is the second consecutive Rutgers University–Camden nursing professor to receive GEM Award honors. Marian Nowak, an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, won the national GEM Award for volunteerism and service in 2014.

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