Pam is a passionate advocate for all pediatric patients as well as for the nursing profession and is a true professional. She embodies excellence in practice and is willing to work hard to make sure that our patients get the care they deserve. Pam is an excellent clinician and never hesitates to assist in the care of critically ill patients or help a new nurse with a difficult two-year-old who won't swallow medicine. Through her knowledge and commitment, she monitors for quality of care issues so they can be improved proactively. Pam is the ultimate example of a committed, professional nurse who, by her example, brings out the best in other nurses. Her greatest strengths are in the area of advocacy for our patients, families and nurses who care for them.
Pam’s skills and contributions to the hospital and emergency department have been recognized throughout the organization. She has received two nursing excellence awards for her clinical expertise and caring nature. Pam has also been recognized by various medical directors as being a great influence on the skills and understanding of the nursing staff in the emergency department. She has been instrumental in implementing evidence-based practice and is the first to respond if there is ever a clinical practice issue in question. Pam was very influential in the successful implementation of electronic medical records and continues to be very active in the optimization efforts.
In addition to her contributions at Dayton Children’s, Pam provides in-services around the community related to pediatric care and procedural pain management. She is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association and was among the first group of nurses to receive the Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurses certification (CPEN). Since receiving this certification, she has mentored 11 other nurses to sit for the certification exam.
Since 1993, Pam has served in many roles: staff nurse, preceptor, charge nurse and now clinical nurse specialist for the emergency department. She embodies every aspect of Dayton Children's SPIRIT standards. For all of these reasons, Pam Bucaro was chosen as this year’s Cameo in Caring award recipient.
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