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Tahoe Forest Hospital honors the 2010 Nurse of the Year

Story and photos by Amy Edgett
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe Forest Hospital announced Jeff Jackson as 2010 Nurse of the Year during the annual ceremony last Thursday.

The event coincides with National Nurses Week, which ends May 12, commemorating the birthday modern nursingand#8217;s founder, Florence Nightengale.

The 2010 theme is and#8220;Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow,and#8221; in which nurses play a pivotal role. Alyce Wong, 2003 Nurse of the Year, emphasized: and#8220;One quality that will lead us in creating a healthier tomorrow is creativity.and#8221; It could be in addressing wound care, protecting a confused patient from harm, or even the lighter side of the celebration, a fashion show of recycled materials discarded from surgical kits, complete with a bridal gown and veil.

Emergency staff nurse Russ Mann played guitar and sang a parody of and#8220;If I Had My Way,and#8221; by Peter, Paul and Mary, infusing his wry, medical humor in the lyrics. After which the crown-bearing Jackson said, and#8220;I am totally humbled in this group of people to be recognized. Iand#8217;ve been here [at the hospital] 15 years, and Iand#8217;m not going anywhere.and#8221; Hugs and accolades were bestowed on Jackson by fellow members of the nursing staff. Chocolate fondue with fresh fruit was served.

The Nurse of the Year is selected by peers, based on qualities such as clinical competence, leadership ability, being a role model in the community, and their commitment to the nursing profession.

Since 1990, Tahoe Forest Hospital and Incline Village Community Hospital have held celebrations during to honor the entire nursing staff.

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For more information about Tahoe Forest Health System, visit http://www.tfhd.com.