Alyson Bolton, center, winner of the Ann Baiada Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership, with BAYADA Director Ann Baiada and BAYADA President and Founder Mark Baiada.
Alyson Bolton, RN, CPN, a transitional care manager with BAYADA Home Health Care, was recognized with the prestigious Ann Baiada Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership. Bolton was honored for exemplifying the highest standards of nursing excellence before more than 2,000 employees at the company’s recent annual awards meeting held in Philadelphia, PA.
“When I heard them call my name I couldn’t believe it, I was in shock,” shared Bolton. “It makes me so proud that people think I do a good job. I work hard and take my job seriously and it’s great to have that recognition.”
As a transitional care manager, Bolton works with hospital discharge planners, case managers, physicians, and patients in Northern New Jersey and New York City to ensure that children with catastrophic medical needs have home health care nurses in place so that they can transition from the hospital to home, where their family members want them to be.
“Alyson’s enthusiasm, boundless energy, dynamic ability to form relationships, and her incredible skills as an extraordinary pediatric clinician are undeniable,” said BAYADA Regional Director Susan Ingalls. “Her reliability is beyond anything that I have ever seen, and her positive spirit and her constant demonstration of professionalism made her the perfect candidate for this national honor!”
Bolton began her tenure with BAYADA in 1996 as a part-time nurse caring for children in the home. Soon after transitioning to full-time, she embraced the opportunity to become a clinical manager where she supervised a number of home health care cases. When BAYADA opened a pediatric specialty office in Hackensack in 2009, Bolton became their new clinical manager, a role she held until she accepted the transitional care manager opportunity in 2013.
“Alyson is one of the most compassionate and caring individuals I have ever met,” said BAYADA Area Director Marlana Follet, who oversees the Hackensack Pediatrics office. “Her love of the nursing profession is completely genuine. Her attention, understanding, and caring ensure that children in the hospital can be brought home in a safe and timely manner. She truly touches her patients with compassion and kindness.”
When accepting her award, Bolton expressed her gratitude for being recognized for getting to do what she loves. “The best thing about my job is helping families realize that things are going to be ok. We are going to help them get through a difficult and challenging time,” she said. “I feel like I give these families hope in helping them bring their children home.”
The Ann Baiada Award, a tribute to BAYADA Director Ann Baiada, RN, CRRN, was established in 2006 to honor nursing leaders who are true role models and who are committed to excellence in the area of nursing leadership development. Bolton was chosen from among 37 BAYADA nursing leaders nominated for the award based on their ability to exemplify Ann Baiada’s legacy to “empower, inspire, and support” those whose lives they touch through their work at BAYADA.
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