April / May 2009

2008 Nurse Executive Role Award Recipient


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Paula J. Martinkewiz (left) receives her award from ARN Past President Karen Manning

Each year ARN is proud to honor nurses as role models. Nurse executives provide leadership, innovation, and education to rehab nurses, and ARN recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of rehabilitation nursing care in high-level administration roles through its annual Nurse Executive Role Award. Paula J. Martinkewiz, MS RN CRRN, from Horizon Health Corporation in Lewisville, TX, was selected as the 2008 recipient of the Nurse Executive Role Award. Paula is responsible for the development and implementation of training programs for contract unit personnel for 18 Horizon Health acute rehabilitation programs. As the senior regional director of clinical support services, Paula’s unique role in nursing provides consultation to corporate operations staff and client hospitals on program development and implementation matters and specialty unit nursing matters. Paula also develops training programs and provides orientation and in-services.
    In addition, Paula has served as a Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) surveyor since 2002, and her surveys have included brain injury, spinal cord, pediatric rehab, stroke specialty, and amputee programs. Her knowledge of CARF standards and practice within a variety of programs has proven to be a valuable asset to her institution. Paula uses her knowledge, expertise, and presentation skills to advance rehabilitation nursing by conducting highly praised semiannual CRRN review courses for the Horizon Health nursing staff working in inpatient rehabilitation programs. Paula’s colleagues noted that she leads through example by exceeding the highest clinical standards within her profession, works hard to keep up-to-date clinical information to share with her staff on a regular basis, and is always there with support and encouragement. She encourages the creative process among her colleagues by challenging them to find new and better ways to do their jobs. Paula’s colleagues consider her to be a wonderful mentor, friend, and the consummate professional!