I once dressed up as a nurse for a childhood Halloween party, proudly carrying my Fisher Price medical kit as an accessory. My 2-year-old nephew plays with the same kit today, checking blood pressure, taking temperature and giving shots to all his willing “patients.”
I didn’t grow up to become a nurse, but I am so thankful for the ones who did. It takes a special kind of person to take care of complete strangers when they are ill, and actually enjoy doing it. Western Baptist salutes its entire nursing staff this week as we celebrate Nurses Week.
We are proud that our nurses are known for creating a spiritual and healing environment, while exhibiting outstanding collaboration with physicians, enhancing service to patients, families and co-workers.
Hats off to three nurses who received special honors:
- Jessica Pierce, R.N., Maternal Child Services, was selected as the Physician Choice for Outstanding Nurse. Pierce, on staff since 2003, recently moved to labor and delivery after serving as a pulmonary/telemetry charge nurse where she was commended for always being available, responding quickly to requests and communicating with physicians.
- Jodi Wainscott, R.N., ICU/CCU Clinical Care coordinator, was named Nurse of the Year. Nominations from her peers described Wainscott as well-educated, compassionate, caring and professional. They said it was a privilege to work with her because she represents the best qualities needed to be a nurse.
- Shannon Fuller, R.N., Orthopedics and Urology, was named Preceptor of the Year. Co-workers see Fuller as an asset to her unit and describe her as efficient and professional. They said she takes extra time training new nurses, allowing them independence while remaining close by for guidance as needed.
Leave a comment below to thank your favorite nurse or share a story on how a nurse has touched your life.