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Tahoe Forest Hospital ‘Nurse Of The Year’ honored

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — In recognition of National Nurses Week, each year since 1990 Tahoe Forest Hospital gives special thanks to all nurses, but designates only one as its "Nurse of the Year." On Thursday, May 9, this year's honoree was announced at a special ceremony at the Eskridge Conference Room at Tahoe Forest Hospital. The "Nurse of the Year" is a person who exhibits exceptional qualities in areas such as clinical competence, leadership abilities and his/her commitment to the nursing profession.

Top honors went to Sandy Walker, Tahoe Forest Hospital's 2013 Nurse of the Year, who was recognized for excellence in her profession, dedication, teamwork, and superlative care for her patients. Svetlana Schopp, Lynn Hamill, Jim Sturtevant, and Stacie Richison were also specially recognized for their outstanding care and skill as nurses.

The 2013 Nurse of the Year Nominees were: Gabrielle Bradley, Women and Family; John Christian, Operating Room; Alex Corda, PACU/Nursing Administration; Jae Gustafson, Surgery; Careen Holman-Gary, Women and Family; Lynn Hamill, Medical/Surgical Unit; Deb Majersky, Intensive Care Unit; Tamaro Margraf, Women and Family; Tammy Melrose, Women and Family; Cherene Paul, Women and Family; Missy Pursel, Women and Family; Stacie Richison, Extended Care Center; Arlette Rogers, Cancer Center; Sue Seppi, Intensive Care Unit; Svetlana Schopp, Peri-Operative Services; Jim Sturtevant, Intensive Care Unit; and Sandy Walker, MultiSpecialty Clinics.

Nominees were selected by their peers and are considered to be dedicated role models in the community. As a nurse, one needs to be a highly dedicated person with varied interests, strengths and passions, as nurses work in various facilities like emergency rooms, maternity wards and pediatric offices, to name a few. A dedicated nurse has many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher, striving to serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

"The biggest compliment a nurse can receive is from a patient. At Tahoe Forest Hospital we are repeatedly told from our patients that the nursing staff is compassionate and truly cares about giving the best care possible," said Judy Newland, Chief Nursing Officer, Tahoe Forest Hospital. "During the week of May 4-11, we're really honoring all nurses."

Every May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. May 12 marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who some believe is the founder of modern nursing. In 1860, Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing by establishing her own nursing school at St. Thomas' Hospital in London. This was the first secular nursing school and is now part of King's College, London.

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