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Friday, December 19, 2014  


In celebration of National Nurses Week, Deaconess Hospital will honor 10 nurses who have made a difference in their patients’ lives and announce the 2003 Nurse of the Year.

The Deaconess Hospital Exemplary Nurse program honors skilled nursing professionals recognized by their peers for their excellent service.

"The purpose of the Exemplary Nurse program is to honor excellence in the practice of nursing," said Leslie Drew, RN, Deaconess vice president of patient care.

Exemplary Nursing was created by Eloise Balasco Cathcart, RN, MSN, at Yale University’s New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Cathcart wanted to honor outstanding nurses for their skill and compassion, Drew said.

The Exemplary Nurses will be honored during National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and at a celebratory dinner at the Greens Country Club on Wednesday, May 7.

The evening will culminate with the announcement of Deaconess Hospital’s Nurse of the Year. The 10 Exemplary Nurses are candidates for Nurse of the Year.

The honorees are:

• Ryan Haggerty, RN: Haggerty works on 6 North at Deaconess. He was nominated by Mona Thayer, RN, a colleague on 6 North.

• Amber Adams, RN: Adams works on 6 South. She was nominated by Rose Bunkley, 3 South unit secretary.

• Bridget Mullins, RN: Mullins was nominated by a colleague, Teresa Brown, CNA. She works on 5 North.

• Virginia Johnston, RN: Johnston works on 4 North. She was nominated by a colleague on 4 North, Melissa Rose, CNA.

• Jeanie Branscum, RN: Branscum was nominated by Michelle Engle, RN, nurse manager. She works in the intensive care and critical care units.

• Pricila Avalos, RN: Avalos works on 2 South at Deaconess. She was nominated by Toni Maguffee, 2 South unit secretary.

• Patsy Tapp, RN: Tapp works in the emergency department. She was nominated by Judy McMinn, R.N., emergency department supervisor.

• Van Williams, RN: Williams works in the surgical care unit. He was nominated by a patient.

• Betty Hendryx, RN: Hendryx was nominated by Jacque Johnson, RN, administrative liaison. She works in the adult mental health unit.

• Peggy Mueller, RN: Mueller works on 4 North. She was nominated by Rejeanna Capparelli, CAN, a colleague on 4 North.

The honorees, their guests, the person who nominated them and Deaconess Hospital administrators will attend the May 7 dinner. Exemplary Nurses will receive a plaque and a video will be shown in their honor.

"It is a night to honor nursing," said Drew. "They are proud to be nurses and we want to honor the profession."

Exemplary Nurses will serve as Deaconess ambassadors in nurse recruitment efforts and at public speaking engagements, Drew added.

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