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Martin Bosch, a registered nurse supervisor at the Community Behavioral Health Hospital in Baxter, received the Excellence in Practice award from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association for providing and promoting exemplary psychiatric-mental health nursing practice to patients, families and populations.
“Marty has been an asset to this organization and to his profession,” said Nicholas Croce, Jr., APNA executive director. “Contributions made through selflessly giving his time and a commitment to excellence were recognized by a committee of his peers.”
Bosch received the award by promoting the psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty through patient and public advocacy, demonstrating evidence of continuously improving skills and knowledge through a variety of self-enhancement activities, and providing mentorship and supervision of other nurses.
“Marty brings so many gifts to our hospital to provide leadership that inspires our team to create exceptional experiences for persons we are privileged to serve,” said Richard Slieter, administrator of the Baxter hospital, one of seven community behavior health hospitals operated by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. “His empathy and sincere concern for our patients is powerfully therapeutic and inspirational to those he leads.”
The Baxter hospital recently received the Minnesota Safety Council’s Award of Honor for its third year of no “loss of work” injuries. Bosch said that is nearly unheard of in an acute psychiatric unit.
Bosch graduated in 1992 from Brainerd Community College, now Central Lakes College, with an associate’s degree in nursing and is currently the chair of the Central Lakes College nursing program’s advisory board. This May, he graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He has worked at DHS for 14 years.
Colleagues nominated Bosch for the award and he was chosen by a committee of APNA members. He will be honored along with eight other psychiatric mental health nurses at the APNA 26th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., this November.