Two nurse leaders named 2013 AONE fellows

Sue Fitzsimons (center) is shown with Liz O'Mara (left) and Deirdre Doyle, the hospital's 2013 AONE fellows.
Sue Fitzsimons (center) is shown with Liz O'Mara (left) and Deirdre Doyle, the hospital's 2013 AONE fellows.

Two patient service managers are this year's YNHH-nominated American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) fellows. The year-long fellowship involves intensive study, conferences and research.

"For a number of years, we have nominated nurse leaders who have been chosen by AONE for one of their fellowships," said Sue Fitzsimons, RN, PhD, senior vice president, Patient Services. "Our AONE fellows successfully strengthen their skills, acquire new competencies and develop professionally as the next generation of successful YNHH nurse leaders. As an institution, we are greatly enriched by the expertise of our AONE fellows." This year's fellows are: Elizabeth O'Mara, RN, patient service manager (PSM), Maternity and Well Newborn, and Deirdre Doyle, RN, MSN/MHA, PSM, General Medicine Units (4-7 and 9-7).

Before her promotion to patient service manager, O'Mara was the interim PSM for the unit, located on West Pavilion 10 and 11. O'Mara has served as an off-shift administrator and APSM on the Plastic/ENT Unit. She began her 26-year career at YNHH as a staff nurse on an acute inpatient rehabilitation unit.

O'Mara earned her BSN at Alfred University in New York and is completing her MSN in patient service administration at Sacred Heart University. Doyle joined YNHH in 2010 after serving as an assistant nurse manager on the telemetry/post-cardiac catheterization unit of Danbury Hospital and as a clinical nurse manager at Norwalk Hospital.

In addition to managing two of the hospital's largest medical units, she assisted with the opening of two new units at YNHH. She serves on hospital-wide committees and recently joined a YNHHS committee that is standardizing nursing practice across all three hospitals.

Doyle earned her BSN at University of Connecticut and completed her dual master's degree in health administration and nursing at University of Phoenix.