Bayhealth President & CEO Terry Murphy (right) congratulates Suellen Wilkins during retirement ceremonies on June 25th.
Bayhealth congratulates Post Anesthesia Care Unit Nurse Manager Suellen Wilkins, MSN, RN, CPAN, CCRN, who retires after serving nearly ten years at Bayhealth Kent General.
Wilkins began at Bayhealth Kent General on August 19, 2002 and would go on to serve as nurse manager for Day Surgery, Pre-Admissions Testing, Endoscopy and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Wilkins was the hospital’s first Pain Management Resource Nurse and she was a guiding force behind the hospital’s Pain Committee. Wilkins is credited with developing new initiatives including the implementation of endoscopy capsule technology, endoscopic bronchial ultrasound, and Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF), a procedure for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Wilkins served as a mentor for many nurses, helping them achieve specialty certification and attain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She earned the Bayhealth Clinical Leadership Award and the American Board of PeriAnesthesia Nursing Advocacy Award. Wilkins was known as a prolific writer who produced numerous nursing articles including documents supporting Bayhealth’s journey to Magnet status. She served in several professional organizations, including the Board of Directors for the Delaware Pain Initiative, as well as Vice President of the Eastern Shore District of the Chesapeake Bay Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (CBSPAN)
In her retirement, Wilkins plans to spend more time with her family including daughters Chris and Vickie, and grandchildren Trevor, Casey and Bryce.