In recognition of her contributions at the local, state and national levels, a nursing administrator at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center received the "NurseWeek" Nursing Excellence Award in the category Advancing the Profession.
The award, presented during a ceremony Saturday, March 13, recognized Linda Burnes Bolton, a registered nurse who holds a master's degree in nursing as well as both master's and doctoral degrees in public health. Dr. Burnes Bolton started as a staff nurse in labor and delivery at Cedars of Lebanon 28 years ago, in the days before that hospital merged with Mt. Sinai to form Cedars-Sinai. Touching most rungs of the career ladder through the years, she now serves as vice president and chief nursing officer of Cedars-Sinai Health System and Research Institute. She has held the CNO position since July 1996.
According to the letter nominating her for the award, Dr. Burnes Bolton is "the consummate professional. She possesses exemplary leadership skills and a keen ability to motivate and inspire her staff to achieve excellence. Dr. Burnes Bolton is a knowledgeable, compassionate individual. She is resident consultant to management and administrative personnel relative to clinical practice, quality improvement, employee competency and clinical research issues."
The nomination was submitted by Joyce Spalding, R.N., and Marilyn Shirk, R.N., on behalf of members of the recruitment and retention committee. Information in support of the recommendation was readily available because Dr. Burnes Bolton recently received the medical center's prestigious President's Award.
In fact, she has consistently been recognized for her commitment, leadership and
compassion. A previous recipient of the Cedars-Sinai Morris Press Humanism
Award, Dr. Burnes Bolton has received certificates of merit from both the Human
Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles and the American Heart
Association. She is included in Who's Who in American Professional Nursi
Contact: Sandra Van
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center