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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Two VA nurses honored with Palmetto Gold Awards

John Goldizen and Janice Skipper

(Photo by James Arrowood) John Goldizen, deputy associate director of Nursing and Patient Care Services, and Janice Skipper, nurse manager for professional nursing development, were honored recently with Palmetto Gold Awards.

By Meredith Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
Monday, April 13, 2015

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center congratulates Deputy Associate Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services, John Goldizen, and Nurse Manager for Professional Nursing Development, Janice Skipper, as recipients of the 2015 Palmetto Gold Award for excellence in the field of nursing.

"Janice and John truly exemplify the essence of the Palmetto Gold Award: 'Excellence in patient care and commitment to the profession,'" said Mary Fraggos, Associate Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services.

In his professional role, Goldizen works collaboratively with Fraggos to oversee daily operations and budget and make executive decisions on behalf of the entire nursing service.  

"John leads Nursing Service by example and encourages us all to keep the Veteran at the center of all of the care we provide," Fraggos said.

"It was a good feeling of achievement when I found out that I had been nominated and that I actually won an award," Goldizen said. "It makes me proud to be considered as a leader of an establishment that is promoting quality care."

Skipper has been integral in creating education opportunities for Medical University of South Carolina nursing students while simultaneously fostering awareness among them of the need for talented nurses in the VA. She currently the director of the VA Nursing Academic Partnership and the Post Baccaleaureate Nurse Residency Program and also manages the student nurse technicians and VALOR nursing students.

"Janice, as a faculty member, and now nurse manager, of our VA Nursing Academic Partnership nurtures and provides opportunities for MUSC student nurses to experience the gratification of caring for our nation's heroes," said Fraggos.

"I have been blessed to have had leaders who recognized my contributions," Skipper said. "I know there are many, many nurses who deserve this more than I do. I feel honored to help represent the Charleston VA Medical Center's superb nursing staff."

The South Carolina Nurses Foundation began the Palmetto Gold Award and scholarship recognition program in 2002. The program was formed to showcase the valuable contributions nurses make to patient care in South Carolina and to raise scholarship funds for students studying to become registered nurses. Established in 1974, SCNF presents 100 Palmetto Gold Awards to nurses from around the state each year at an annual gala. The program offers nurse employers the opportunity to recognize the daily accomplishments of outstanding nurses.

"Janice and John are both assuring the future of VA nursing in their own unique ways," Fraggos said.


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