Annual Tahoe Forest Hospital ceremony honors 2011 Nurse of the Year |

Annual Tahoe Forest Hospital ceremony honors 2011 Nurse of the Year

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; In recognition of National Nurses Week, each year since 1990 Tahoe Forest Hospital (TFH) gives special thanks to all nurses, but designates only one as its and#8220;Nurse of the Year.and#8221; On Thursday, May 25 this yearand#8217;s honoree will be announced at a special ceremony at the Eskridge conference room at Tahoe Forest Hospital. The and#8220;Nurse of the Yearand#8221; is a person who exhibits exceptional qualities in areas such as clinical competence, leadership abilities and his/her commitment to the nursing profession.

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. 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 a strong commitment to patient safety.

and#8220;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,and#8221; said Sandra Golonka, chief nursing office, Tahoe Forest Hospital. and#8220;During the week of May 6-12, weand#8217;re really honoring all nurses.and#8221;

National Nurses Week takes place each May 6-12. 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. Thomasand#8217; Hospital in London. This was the first secular nursing school and is now part of Kingand#8217;s College London.

The 2011 Nurse of the Year Nominees are: Karen Arron, Cancer Center; Cindy Bansen, Women and Family; Christine Froelich, ED; Lynn Hamill, Med Surg; Teri Johnstone, ED; Kristen Lignell-Lane, PASS; Nancy Lancaster, ASU; Kim Manning, ASU; Betty Morgan Close, Surgery; Deb Safford, ED/Nursing Admin.; Nicole Selcon, ECC; Sue Seppi, ICU; Gail Shady, Surgery; Sue Train, Women and Family and Susie Wright, Hospice.

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