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Tahoe Forest Nurse of the Year for 2015 is Jackie Griffin

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Back row, from left: Leroy Valadez, Carol Pratt, Kristen Colby, 2015 Nurse of the Year Jackie Griffin, Allison Brook, Kerry Milligan andJim Sturtevant. Front row, from left: Alex Hernandez and Suzie Lagrandeur.
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2015 Nurse of the Year Nominees

Nancy Amundsen: Emergency Department

Cindy Bansen: Women and Family

Ellen Bjorkman: Incline Village Community Hospital

Jackie Griffin: Med/Surg

Lynn Hamill: Med/Surg

Paula Henrikson: Long Term Care

Carol Holm: Long Term Care

Polly Hopwood: Emergency Department

Shelly Lubbe: Incline Village Community Hospital

Carol McNamara:Long Term Care

Jason Payette: Incline Village Community Hospital

Kim Pearson: Emergency Department

Missy Pursel: Women and Family

Christine Rourke: Intensive Care Unit

Bev Schnobrich: Case Management

Greg Tarter: Intensive Care Unit

Sue Train: Women and Family

Susie Wright: Hospice

TRUCKEE, Calif. — In recognition of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), Tahoe Forest Health System each year gives special thanks to all nurses, but designates only one as its “Nurse of the Year.”

On Wednesday, May 6, this year’s honoree — Jackie Griffin, of Truckee — was announced at a special ceremony at the Eskridge Conference Room at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

“No one person can really be Nurse of the Year,” Griffin said, “because we do it all together, and no one position is more important than another.”

The Nurse of the Year has been honored annual since 1990 and is a person who exhibits exceptional qualities in areas such as clinical competence, leadership abilities and his/her commitment to the nursing profession and the values of the organization.

Griffin who was recognized for excellence in her profession, knowledge, teamwork, and high-quality care for her patients.

“Jackie exemplifies all that is great about nursing. Her exceptional nursing skills benefit our health system and the community she serves,” said Jim Sturtevant, Director of Acute Services at Tahoe Forest.

Greg Tarter, Bev Schnobrich, Jason Payette and Lynn Hamill were also specially recognized for their outstanding service at the May 6 event.

Nominees each year are 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.

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 at Tahoe Forest. “During National Nurses Week, 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, was 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.

This article was submitted by Tahoe Forest Health System. Visit tfhd.com for more information.