Adelle was nominated by a patient of more than 55 years! He writes, "l first met Mrs. Armstrong as a nurse when I was 5 years old. I spent several weeks in the old General and Marine Hospital with a broken leg. I never forgot how she made a special effort to make me feel better when visiting hours were over. Whenever I saw her as I grew up she always spoke to me. Once when I was in my thirties, I was at outpatients, and while waiting she came over to speak. When I met the doctor, there she was again. I said, "l didn't know you worked in Emergency." She replied that she was just there to make sure I was looked after! I've heard from others what a caring person she is. The Owen Sound hospital is very fortunate to have a nurse like her.
Matthew was nominated by a woman who writes, "He has proven himself to be invaluable to my 90 year-old mother. While he does the medical checks he talks to her about whatever is on her mind. She feels more comfortable with him than with other nurses even though they are all very good. At times when she has trouble getting in to see her doctor, Matthew has gone to bat to get her in. Thank you, Matthew, for the time you spend with Mother. She appreciates it and so do I."
According to Kim's nominator she is one of the best nurses in this field of work. "She always puts her patients' needs before anything, doing more than is required and staying past the end of shifts, all while balancing work and personal life better than anyone I know."
Sandra's nominator writes, "My husband had a successful operation for an aortic aneurism, but he died unexpectedly from a massive bleed. Our daughter, son and I were in total shock. Sandra was there for us explaining everything and continually reassuring us. She encouraged us to remind him of many wonderful memories and we know he heard us. Sandra had me lean closer and tell him I would be with him forever. At that point he let out his last breath. Sandra held me and whispered, That was his spirit landing on your right shoulder where it will remain to protect you the rest of your life. I will be eternally grateful to this very special person who showed such compassion to us. When I need reassurance or courage I put my hand on my right shoulder, remember Sandra's words and I am at peace."
According to Kate's nominator, "Attending my wife at home, she is the most caring and understanding nurse who has ever provided for my wife's health requirements. He adds, "We have had others, but none matched her professionalism."
Melissa is a very bright, intuitive RPN who has proven to be a strong advocate for the residents she cares for. She excels with any follow up or outstanding issues. Recently, she was instrumental in saving a resident's life due to her keen observational skills. Her nominator writes, "Melissa deserves to be recognized for her outstanding achievement. When anyone is upset, she will spend quality time to ensure they are okay. I've never seen anyone with as big a heart as Melissa."
For medical reasons, Maureen's nominator had to deliver her daughter at 34 weeks gestation and stayed in a parent room for 12 nights. At home were 3 boys aged 4, 2 and a half, and 13 months. She writes, "Maureen helped me hold my daughter for the first time and taught me how to care for her. It helped me feel more connected to her. She built me up when I felt like a bad mom for leaving my sons for so long. 'Mo' explained everything in detail and gave me support when things weren't going as well as you'd like. She made it look so easy, which I know it's not!
Mark was nominated by a patient who wrote, "Mark is a wonderful nurse on the psychiatric ward. He doesn't come into work to just do his job and go home. He comes to provide care and compassion to his patients and every patient that he comes in contact with. ln this field, working with those who have mental health issues, it is important to connect with them and just listen when they need someone to talk to. Mark is my "go to" nurse whenever I am admitted." He concluded his nomination with, "Keep up the awesome work, Mark, and keep being you!"
Rosemary is a member of the OR staff who is thought highly of by both patients and staff. Her wonderful, warm personality reflects how she genuinely cares about people. She is very dedicated and a valued member of the Meaford Hospital staff.
Her nominator writes, "My daughter was born sleeping and I was taken care of by Jocelyn during the night. She tended to my every need with compassion and understanding. Jocelyn made me a beautiful memorial to remember my little girl - a completely selfless act that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you so much Jocelyn for being strong and compassionate towards my husband and me during our time of need. lt is people like you who really make a difference."
Corrie's nominator wrote about a 3-year period in which this nurse turned her life around. The nominator had her first baby at age 16. Corrie provided the young couple a private course to prepare them to care for their child. She encouraged breastfeeding and followed up with a supply of diapers and other needs. Corrie worked with their young son and later a daughter to ensure their development was on point. Unfortunately, the nominator had a lapse of judgment and ended up in jail. Corrie put up her new car and 2 500 dollars to bail the mother out and re-unite her with her children. Now 19, Corrie's nominator says, "l love you Corrie. You have taught us how to be a family.
Katrina was nominated by an acquaintance who writes, "l can tell from what Katrina has shared with me how much she truly cares about her patients and their families. l believe she goes way above and beyond what a nurse's role is."
Candace was nominated by an RN who writes, "I would like to express my sincere thanks for the exemplary care provided bo my grandmother. The kindness and compassion shown to her, and to our family, was deeply appreciated and helped to ensure a peaceful and dignified death. We are especially grateful to Candace Alexander for her respectful support during a sad time. She is a gift to the nursing profession and should be very proud of the work she does to help others."
Cindy-Jo was nominated by a colleague who describes her as 'the definition of nursing .' "She makes sure her patients and their families are informed and confident in the care they are receiving. She does that little bit extra for the next shift. Working with Cindy has inspired me to further my nursing career because we need more transparent, passionate and caring nurses like her."
"Kendra always treats you more like a friend than a client. One day last winter when I couldn't get my driveway cleaned, she called a friend of hers to come of blow my driveway out for me! She helped me with paperwork and was very good at explaining what she was doing to my wounds. She will go over and above the call of duty to help you!"
Holly was nominated by a co-worker who writes, "She takes the time to listen to her patients and provides exceptional care. She makes sure that each member of the team is supported and appreciated. Holly is completing her degree while working as an RPN. She takes care of her family, often works more than full-time hours and goes to school... just amazing! She is having an impact on her hospital!"
Mary Ellen was nominated by a colleague who writes "She has also been my OR nurse delivering 3 babies by Csection and my ER nurse. With two active teenage boys we visit ER regularly and my migraines bring me to my knees. She is always ready with a warm blanket, something for pain or to ask if she can call someone for you. I have returned from Niagara Falls with kidney stones to get this high standard of care from the Walkerton ER. She treats all patients this way... I hear it from other patients and see it when working with her."
Brenda has the distinction of being nominated twice including by a doctor! "Brenda has worked as a 'rural generalist' in our small rural hospital perhaps for 30 years. She has been our colleague, our mentor and our friend. Her special place is as one of our OB nurses. Her easy laugh and kind words have brought many miracles into the world, and eased the labours of many women! She will often come in on her days off to help us out when the hospital is bursting at the seams. She is also involved with our new nurse graduates and, again, she takes the time to teach and support these young students."
"Penny is a wonderful nurse practitioner who my family has had for years! She always has time for more than just treating. You always feel that she has listened and taken the time to care." Penny's nominator wrote, "Even when she lost her husband she was still always there for all of her patients. She's a real inspiration to me and our family."
If you have small, hard to find veins, you're not into bloodwork and Tamara Schwass' nominator has that problem. "I hate needles, and apparently Tamara does too but she is very efficient at finding my veins. Tamara has a shining smile, is positive, upbeat, and playful. She made me feel good and made the whole process less frightening!"
Colleen's nominator spent two days in Centre Grey Hospital and six days in the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. She writes, "Colleen was called from the inpatient area to the Emergency Room of Centre Grey Hospital when three separate accident patients arrived almost at the same time. I arrived by ambulance. I had many broken bones. Colleen appeared at my side and seemed to be there every time I opened my eyes. She explained what was happening, where I was going and what tests had to be run. She held me up for X-rays but I passed out. She smiled sweetly when I regained consciousness." 'Oh there you are, you're back,' she said. She helped me feel safe, even though I was in serious trouble. After 2- 1/2 months of recovery time , I was able to walk into the hospital without assistance to tell her how much I appreciated her help. What a great nurse!"
For 28 years, Julie Groot has nursed in Huron County with a warm smile and gentle hands. ln tense situations. It's her maternal instincts that give her the ability to keep everyone calm. Julie was nominated by her 16 year-old daughter, who writes "She's really a caring person who always makes us feel better. People in the community tell me she is a fantastic nurse who made their hospital experiences a little more welcoming."
Her nominator writes, "Carol has been an RN for over 30 years. She can often be seen boarding an ambulance at any time of the day or night to accompany a patient to a city hospital. At times she has had two ambulance trips in one day. She has been a floor nurse and a day care nurse and done some OB nursing but her longest stay has been an ER nurse which is a very tough area of nursing to work in, seeing all kinds of trauma. Carol deserves this award for her longtime service to the nursing profession."
Her nominator writes, "She was our at home nurse when my 2-year-old came home from his liver transplant. She administered his lV antibiotics via his pic line. She was comforting to our other son, playing with both boys to give me a break. Even when she wasn't on duty she answered questions by phone and text any time of day. She taught me how to work the machines and made sure I was 100 percent comfortable using them. A real friend who helped us through a very difficult time for our family. We're so grateful to have met her."
Jeff's nominator writes, "My husband underwent chemo a while ago and Jeff was there the whole time. He kept reassuring my husband that everything would be fine, as my husband was very scarred and showing a lot of anxiety. Jeff kept him calm and every time he has to go in, Jeff is right there, asking if there's anything he can do and making sure the treatments go right. Jeff really shows that he cares for all of his chemotherapy patients and we feel he is very deserving of this award."
The person who nominated Heather had her on two different occasions when she was in the hospital for childbirth. "lt's not hard to tell that she loves her job," this mother writes. "She was so very supportive and cares for all her patients the same way. lt was such a pleasure to have her as my nurse."
Kimberlee's nominator says that she is the kindest, most caring nurse he's ever had in many stays in hospital. "No matter how busy, she would take time to chat with you for a few minutes. Even when I was moved to another section in the ward, she'd come in to see how I was doing. "After over a year we are still in contact via social media...she is always asking if I'm doing alright. My family loves her and appreciates the extra mile she goes to make you comfortable."