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Jackie Griffin Awarded TFHS 2015 Nurse of the Year


Jackie Griffin Named Tahoe Forest Health System 2015 Nurse of the Year

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.” On Wednesday, May 6, 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 and the values of the organization.

Top honors went to Jackie Griffin, Tahoe Forest Hospital’s 2015 Nurse of the Year, 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.

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

Greg Tarter, Bev Schnobrich, Jason Payette and Lynn Hamill were also specially recognized for their outstanding service.

The 2015 Nurse of the Year Nominees were: 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.

Nominees have been 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 Health System. “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 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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