By Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs
Kathleen Davitt, Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville nurse educator, was selected as the Military Health System Federal Civilian/Military Nursing Leadership Excellence Award (senior category) winner on Dec 1.
Davitt serves as NH Jacksonville's course director and instructor for multiple advanced training courses, and as a clinical resource for clinical staff.
Davitt's contributions to nursing includes: developing a post-anesthesia care unit clinical pathway; developing a partnership with Jacksonville University, offering college credits for Navy Midshipmen during summer training; and incorporating simulators in all classes with psychomotor skill stations.
Additionally, Davitt negotiated agreements with local private-sector hospitals for cross training of NH Jacksonville intensive care, labor and delivery, and emergency nurses.
This provides nurses with a wider range of experience in multiple critical care settings.
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, NH Jacksonville's priority since its founding in 1941 is to heal the nation's heroes and their families.
The command is comprised of the Navy's third largest hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient
population (163,000 active and retired sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen, guardsmen, and their families), about 85,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager and Medical Home Port team at one of its facilities.
To find out more or download the command's mobile app, visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/navalhospitaljax.