Rutgers–Camden Finest is an assembly of graduates whose lives and careers have made an indelible mark upon society and the advancement of knowledge.
Staff Nurse, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Laurie Stelmaski has contributed to the advancement of nursing science through exemplary clinical practice. She readily mentors students and colleagues to build a stronger nursing workforce.
Since she began her career, Stelmaski has demonstrated excellence in practice and education. After graduating with honors and receiving the Sigma Theta Tau Best Student Award, she joined the team at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on the medical-surgical ICU. Early in her career, she volunteered to chair the evidence-based practice committee for her nursing unit. During 2007 and 2008, she attended the La Salle University Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing (WOC) Education Program and performed as a stellar academic student. Upon completion, she worked as a WOC nurse at the Methodist Hospital division of Jefferson, then at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, and finally at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
She was asked by the Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network to serve as a skin care safety advisor to assist member hospitals in analyzing their wound care programs and making recommendations for improvement. She has coauthored articles that have appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Critical Care. In honor of her focus on promoting evidence-based care, she was nominated for the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Clinical Nurse Excellence Award. She has maintained a strong Rutgers University–Camden connection via her activity in Eta Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. Stelmaski also has served as preceptor for multiple WOC nurse neophytes who describe her as “awesome.”
She is a staff nurse on a medical-telemetry unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.