Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - RIM Nurse to Receive Prestigious 2011 Nightingale Award

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Cheryl Angelelli


DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s (RIM), Kim Ayler, RN,BSN,CRRN, will be honored with the 2011 Nightingale Award in the category of Long-Term Care/Rehabilitation Nursing at the 23rd Annual Nightingale Awards for Nursing® on May 5th at the San Marino Club in Troy.

The awards are presented annually by Oakland University’s School of Nursing and its Board of Visitors and recognizes exceptional nurses who are “leading the way” from all over the state of Michigan and Canada.

Ayler has been a staff nurse at RIM since 1986. She completed her BSN from the University of Phoenix and received her Certified Rehabilitation Nurses Certification in 2008.


“Kim is a shining example to her peers, always helping without being asked and mentoring the newer nurses so they can become the best rehabilitation nurses,” says Bridget A. Leonard MSN, RN, MBA, CRRN, Manager Nursing Office, RIM.


Nominees were nominated by their peers, supervisors, friends or patients for their superior service and contributions in one of eight specialty areas. Each winning recipient receives a check for $1,000, a bronze statue of Florence Nightingale and a pin.


DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is one of the nation’s largest hospitals specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Institute is home to many innovative programs, including the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS), one of only 16 federally designated centers of excellence in the U.S. for the treatment of brain injuries, and the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, a world-class facility designed to implement and study innovative treatments in spinal cord injury recovery. RIM is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The DMC is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, and Detroit Pistons.