Bothwell Regional Health Center recognized the nominees and presented the awards for Nurse of the Year and Nursing Support Person of the Year during National Nurses Week. The recipients of the Pat Gaunt Nursing Scholarship were also announced by the Bothwell Foundation.
According to a press release, National Nurses Week highlights the contributions of nurses around the world. Every year, Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Bothwell’s theme this year is ‘Rooted in Strength’.
Candidates for Nurse of the Year must be LPNs or RNs and have worked at Bothwell for at least one year. Nominees for Nursing Support Person of the Year can work in any nursing department, are unlicensed patient support staff and have worked at Bothwell for at least one year. They are nominated by their peers and are committed to providing exceptional nursing care and compassion to patients.
Sarah Hopper, RN, and Intensive Care Unit (CCU) Manager is Bothwell’s 2022 Nurse of the Year. According to Bothwell’s head nurse, Michele Laas, Hopper was nominated by several of her colleagues for the award.
“Sarah’s effective communication and problem-solving skills, compassion and sincere care for her patients and colleagues are admirable to many of us,” Laas said. “She recently returned to school to further her education and is an exemplary role model and mentor to our young nurses. One line in one nomination really says it all: “She is the model of a hard-working nurse in a small rural hospital who understands the connection between mission and the people she works with and serves.”
Other nominees for Nurse of the Year included Judy Davis, Women’s Health and Newborn Care; Cassie Kindle, 2 North; Michele Laas, head nurse; Taryn Lee, Bothwell Medical Equipment, Susan Lamb, Oncology; Kristen McCullough, 2 Southwest; Jennifer Owen, Bothwell Internal Medicine Specialists; Tina Propheter, Women’s Health and Newborn Care; Mike Snow, Patient Care Coordination; Rebekah Thompson, Susan O’Brien Fischer Cancer Center; Katie Touchstone, Intensive Care Unit; Jennifer Unkel, Quality Management; Christina Zimmerman, radiation therapy/oncology; and Tammy Walker, Susan O’Brien Fischer Cancer Center.
Bobbi Dorr, Ward 2 Southwest clerk/nurse aide, is Bothwell’s Nursing Support Person of the Year. This award recognizes people who help nurses do their job and ranges from administrative assistance to safety. Dorr has been described as efficient, effective, an ultimate team player, a “floor cheerleader”, and the “glue that holds us all together”.
“Bobbi is highly respected by staff, including doctors, and is the go-to person for information and answers,” Laas said. “She is often the first person visitors see when they arrive at her unit. Not only is she exceptional in her role of managing patient admissions and discharges and the myriad duties that come with them, but she is also an excellent caregiver, responding to patient call lights, assisting patient families and helping colleagues at every turn. Her professionalism, positivity and sincere concern for everyone she meets is extraordinary.
Other nominees for Nursing Support Person of the Year included Katelyn Buxton, Progressive Care Unit; Tala Hinck, 2 Southwest; Vicki Howard, nursing administration; Heather Keith, Bothwell Internal Medicine Specialists; Jana Kennedy, quality management; Sydney Lindgren, Bothwell Internal Medicine Specialists; Stephanie Meyer, Sleep Center; Michele Potts, Women’s Health and Newborn Care; Shirley Schlobohm, Nursing Administration; Whitney Stevens, radiation therapy/oncology; Kayley Wilbers, Progressive Care Unit; and Heather Woolery, Susan O’Brien Fischer Cancer Center.
Throughout Bothwell Hospital and Clinics, there are nearly 400 nursing professionals, including nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nurse aides, constant observers, technicians in emergency care and ward clerks.
In addition to the nursing awards, Lauren Thiel-Payne, executive director of the Bothwell Foundation, announced the winners of the Pat Gaunt Nursing Scholarships.
Recipients and their scholarships included Sarah Cordes, Women’s Health and Newborn Care, $2,845; Katelyn Buxton, progressive care unit, $1,225; Katelyn Purchase, Bothwell Family Health, $1,225; Serena Cronk, 2 Southwest, $1,697; Sarah Hopper, intensive care unit, $1,730; and Stacey O’Donnell, Susan O’Brien Fischer Cancer Center, $940.
The Pat Gaunt Scholarship is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Patricia Gaunt, a registered nurse at Bothwell from 1969 until her retirement in 2001. The scholarship provides resources for nurses to obtain the training they need to serve better the patients they care for. each day.