NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (June 16, 2010) – New Britain-based Hospital for Special Care (HSC) announced two recipients of the Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing. Lynn Bryant, RN, CRRN, Hospital for Special Care, and Betsy Smith, BSN, RN, Hospital for Special Care, were both honored for their exceptional contributions to their professions.

"We are very proud of our staff at Hospital for Special Care, as this prestigious award recognizes the breadth and scope of Betsy’s and Lynn’s specialized disciplines, care and devotion to their patients,” said David Crandall, HSC President and CEO. “I’d like to congratulate each of them for their dedication to their field as they inspire future nurses and serve as great representatives of our nursing program."

Betsy Smith BSN, RN
Betsy Smith BSN, RN
Hospital for Special Care

Betsy Smith was nominated for the Nightingale Award for her excellence in pediatric nursing care. Her willingness to go above and beyond to meet the developmental needs of her patients is highly evident as she embraces the challenge of working with children with medically complex needs. Smith currently holds a charge nurse position at Hospital for Special Care’s Pediatric Unit. Additionally, the hospital’s Child Care Center has utilized her skills as their Healthcare Consultant, and she has become a mentor for participants in the hospital’s Student Nurse Intern Program. Smith received her nursing education at St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing and Central Connecticut State University.

Lynn Bryant, RN, CRRN
Lynn Bryant, RN, CRRN
Hospital for Special Care

As a rehabilitation nurse, Lynn Bryant was nominated for the Nightingale Award for her commitment to ensuring that her patients experience a smooth transition from the inpatient hospital setting, back to their homes. Over the years, she has held various leadership positions in her charges as manager, Rehabilitation Liaison Nurse and Discharge Planner. Still, Bryant's real passion lies within the interaction with her patients and providing quality bedside nursing care. At the start of her career, she took the first Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) exam offered through the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and has been very active in the organization over the years maintaining certification, teaching a certification preparation course and mentoring new rehab nurses. Bryant completed her Rehabilitation Nurse training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Recently, Smith and Bryant were honored at the Nightingale Awards Ceremony as part of a group of 102 nurses recognized for their exceptional and distinguished contributions to their healthcare fields. The awards were presented at a regional gala in Hartford.

About Hospital for Special Care:

As the only long-term acute-care hospital in the nation serving adults and children, New Britain, Conn.-based Hospital for Special Care is nationally recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in the highly specialized areas of pulmonary care, acquired-brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular care and spinal cord injury. Hospital for Special Care operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis. Please visit www.hfsc.org for more information.