Vanessa Childress honored as Tahoe Forest’s Nurse of the Year |

Vanessa Childress honored as Tahoe Forest’s Nurse of the Year

Vanessa Childress with husband Jack Childress, and daughters Kate, left, and Grace at the Nurse of the Year award ceremony.
Courtesy TFHD |

Honoring the best

The 2016 Nurse of the Year Nominees: Melissa Ariza, Women and Family; Ellen Bjorkman, IVCH; Heidi Blide, Hospice and Home Health; Vanessa Childress, Surgery; Mike Davis, Surgery; Mike Freed, IVCH; Jackie Griffin, Care Coordination; Lynn Hamill, MedSurg; Melissa Hendricks, Women and Family; Christy Jordan, OR; Terry Klein, Cancer Center; Janet McNeil, IVCH; Beth Pavone, Extended Care Center; Alyson Rogers, MedSurg; Michelle Romero, Extended Care Center; Bev Schnobrich, Case Management; Samantha Shields, OR; and Greg Tarter, ICU.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Forest Health System announced Vanessa Childress as 2016 Nurse of the Year in a special ceremony on May 11.

The Nurse of the Year is a person who exhibits exceptional qualities in areas of clinical competence, leadership, and commitment to the nursing profession. In recognition of National Nurses Week, each year since 1990 Tahoe Forest Health system gives special thanks to all nurses, but designates only one as its “Nurse of the Year.”

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

“Vanessa’s work in our surgery department is very inspiring. She deals with all the demands of her job and exceeds the expectations of her patients, families and co-workers,” said Judy Newland, Chief Nursing Officer at Tahoe Forest. “We are fortunate to have her on our staff ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.”

Mike Davis, Bev Schnobrich, Mike Freed and Beth Pavone were also specially recognized for their outstanding service and demonstrating the Tahoe Forest values of quality, understanding, excellence, service and teamwork.

“Our mission at Tahoe Forest,” said Harry Weis, Tahoe Forest CEO, “is to serve our community through excellence and compassion in our work every day. During National Nurses Week, we honor our Nurse of the Year, but we’re also honoring all our nurses for their service throughout the year.”

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.

This article was provided by Tahoe Forest Hospital District. Visit to learn more.

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