Sharp Grossmont Hospital Nurse Manager Wins Prestigious Nursing Award

Teri Armour Burton

Teri Armour-Burton to Represent California at National Award Event

Teri Armour-Burton, a nurse manager at Sharp Grossmont Hospital with more than 25 years of clinical experience, was named the California regional winner of the Nursing Excellence GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon practitioners in the nursing field. The award was recently announced at an event in Los Angeles attended by nursing professionals from across the state of California.

Burton, who manages one of the hospital’s progressive care units (PCUs), was honored in the patient and staff management category. This prestigious honor is given to only one recipient in one of six categories.

Armour-Burton credits her mother, an educator, for giving her the drive, determination and initiative that led to this recognition.

“My mother was pretty much a single parent of six and never ever gave in to obstacles or barriers,” Armour-Burton said. “It was because of her that I was able to work three jobs while completing my graduate degrees. She instilled in me the will to be all I can be.”

An accomplished nursing professional, Armour-Burton has been published in Critical Care Nurse on research around hospital-acquired pressure ulcers and she has the distinction of leading the only PCU in the western region  to win the American Association of Critical Care Nurses coveted Gold Beacon Award, which recognizes individual hospital units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. In addition, the San Diego native has been a key contributor to patient outcomes and performance improvement initiatives at Sharp HealthCare, and on top of maintaining a busy workload she is currently pursuing her PhD in nursing.

The Excellence Awards program is a nurse-led nomination, selection and awards process. Nominations detail the extraordinary influence that nurses have on the profession and on their patients. Awards are presented to finalists at GEM Award events in six cities across the nation, and regional winners are announced at each event. Armour-Burton will advance to compete in the GEM national nurse of the year program later this fall.

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