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Caring Nurse Award Recipients

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25 recipients

(March 11th, 2014) Nominated by listeners to Bayshore Broadcasting radio stations in communities from Goderich to Owen Sound to Orillia, the winners are selected for the stories patients tell of the remarkable care they received. Kevin Brown, Bayshore's VP of Sales and Marketing, says "The Caring Nurse Awards recognize RNs and RPNs in a wide range of roles from hospital emergency rooms to psychiatric wards, doctors' offices, long term and home care settings."

This year the list includes a posthumous winner, Norah Profit, RN, who was an emergency room nurse for many years at Alexander Marine & General Hospital in Goderich. "While this is something we never contemplated," Bayshore's General Manager, Ross Kentner, says, "it reflects the life-long commitment to nursing that nominators say is so characteristic of dedicated nurses."

Each Caring Nurse Award winner receives a plaque and rose and is profiled on their local radio station and on Bayshore's Healthy Tomorrows website.




Shelly Ashby RN, Lee Manor, Owen Sound
According to Shelly's nominator, she has nursed in many settings of years. She has a knack for engaging her patients in whatever it is that she is doing for them. "From changing dressing to palliative care, Shelly has the knowledge and tact to do the job with proficiency and grace. In fact, co-workers aspire to be just like her."
Holly Bowen RPN, Meaford Long Term Care, Meaford
Holly is a restorative care coordinator at Meaford Long Term Care where she has worked for over 25 years. Described as "the voice of fairness to residents and staff, she is a caring advocate for everyone and a mentor encouraging the practice of humanity in their daily care routine." Her nominator wrote: "She can teach anyone anything. I have been honoured to work with and learn from her".
Alma Geonanga RN, Owen Sound Regional Hospital
Alma was nominated by a family whose last memories of their father was the fun he had teasing her. They wrote: "He just loved her!"An otherwise stressful time was transformed by the warm, easy-going, comfortable atmosphere Alma created with a lot of good humour. Dad would chuckle and smile as she always had an answer for him. We will always treasure those memories and will be grateful for the excellent care our father received.
Judy Greig RN, Owen Sound Regional Hospital
Judy was nominated by Elmer Angell whose granddaughter, Tina Feltis, spent much of her short life in a hospital. Born with cystic fibrosis, she had many stays in the hospital as a young child. As she grew into her teens, those long days in the hospital could have been very boring but Judy Greig became her friend as well as her nurse. She always found ways to keep Tina busy.
Carol Knox RN, Dr. A.L. McArthur's family practise,
Carol's Nominator says, "She has been in our doctor's office for over 24 years, always there for us cutting through red tape. A constant source of help, comfort and humour, she has been there through child bearing and rearing, open heart surgery, a ruptured appendix, cancer and radiation treatments. She is more like a family to us than a nurse, the one constant in our family's health care".
Nancy Little RN, Owen Sound Regional Hospital
Nancy was nominated by a family who described her as their "angel nurse".
Last October their father was hospitalized but making progress when he suffered a fall and succumbed to his injury. "Nancy Little was the most incredible nurse anyone could ask for; attentive to dad's needs as well as our entire family. She was gentile, loving and understanding as well as a shoulder to cry on. She came to pay her respects to our father and also to our parent's home".
Elizabeth McCutcheon RN, Owen Sound Family Health Team, Owen Sound
Elizabeth McCutcheon works with Dr. Bruce Stanners at the Owen Sound Family Health Team. Her Nominator, a Patient aged 86 says, "May I Say, I've seen dozens of health workers in my time and Liz is the best in every way."
Susan Miller RN, Owen Sound Regional Hospital
Susan was nominated for her outstanding contributions to the OSCVI's Medical Missions trip to Nicaragua. 14 students participated including Susan's Daughter. Her nominator wrote: "Working at the hospital and teaching at Georgian College, somehow she managed to take two weeks out of her life to touch the lives of Nicaraguans and help the students prepare for the trip".
Christina Sebesta RN, Owen Sound Regional Hospital
Christina works on the Psychiatric floor of the hospital. Her nominator says she cared for a family member for about 13 months: "She has a unique capacity for compassion, limitless patience and a heart of pure gold. A greater understanding and tolerance of individuals battling mental illness needs to be fostered in our community. Anyone facing a mental illness can find no safer haven than in Christina's care".
Jennifer Wonch RPN, Lee Manor, Owen Sound
Described as one of the most compassionate and empathetic nurses you will ever meet, Jennifer isn't afraid to help the personal support workers when they need a hand. Her nominator says she stands up for her patients to make sure they get the best of care. "She brightens people's day with her sense of humour on every shift and every moment she's using her nursing skills. Even our dog has had her caring touch when Jenn removed stiches."
Debbie Zehr-Holst RPN, Owen Sound Regional Hospital
Debbie only came to nursing at middle age. Then, she was on a mission trip to Haiti in 2010 when the devastating earthquake struck. She described it as unimaginable and with so few doctors, she joined the nurses stepping up to help the injured.Debbie also works part time with Georgian College helping to train nursing students. Last fall she returned to Haiti to pick up where they left off and to further their mission work. Her nominator described her as a wonderful role model for her chosen career.
Patty Furgal RN, Lion's Head & Wiarton Hospitals
Patty was nominated by a grieving husband and daughter who wrote about her special level of care. "When we came into the hall outside her room, Patty had a hug for each of us and there was a tear in her eye."

A few weeks later, the husband was hospitalized and Patty was there again. "The caring way she did all those jobs that an RN is expected to do gave me great comfort. Patty is always smiling. If there is a nurse who typifies the aims of Florence Nightingale, it is her."
Netta Mallard RN, Lion's Head & Wiarton Hospitals
Netta's nominator writes, "Netta has worked in the Emergency Department at Wiarton Hospital where she has been a valued employee for many years. She cares for people with great efficiency, kindness and humour."
Lisa Slot RPN, Lion's Head & Wiarton Hospitals
Lisa was cited by a family member whose father was hospitalized numerous times with congenital heart failure and renal failure. Each time Lisa made the room light up when she came in. Their dad was always happy to see her because he knew he was in good hands.

"Lisa has a great attitude towards everything and does make the healing process for her patients easier by her exceptional nursing knowledge and just by being herself."
Anne Stewart RN, Care Partners Visiting Nurses, Wiarton
"Anne focused on our father as more than just a patient," wrote her nominators. "She was interested in what he was doing and thinking while he struggled with the effects of his cancer. She could bring a smile to his face with a joke or funny story.

While Anne often had many other patient homes to visit in her day, we never felt rushed by her. She was always willing to answer any number of questions."
Sarah Barr RN, Walkerton Birthing Centre, South Grey Health Centre, Walkerton
Sarah Barr is a nurse at the Walkerton Birthing Centre. Her nominator has had two babies there and both times Sarah Barr was more than a nurse. "She's awesome. I couldn’t ask for a better coach and support. She truly cares."
Valerie Breadner RN, Centre Grey Hospital
"During my five year battle with cancer, Valerie has always been available to help with my care, to explain situations I found difficult and to be a source of support to me and my family. She came to our home when needed, helped care for me during hospital stays and called on a regular basis to make sure there was nothing else she could to help. Markdale Hospital is indeed lucky to have Valerie on staff - a wonderful nurse and person."
Krysta Craig RN, Southampton Hospital (Saugeen Memorial)
Krysta found herself in a unique nursing position when she gave birth to twins at 29 weeks gestation. They spent ten weeks in Neonatal Intensive Care. Her family wrote, "Even after they went home the twins had breathing problems that required all of Krysta's abilities as a competent and compassionate care-giver."
Edith Huehn RN (ret.), Rockwood Terrace, Durham
Edith Huehn has just retired after 41 years "quietly working her shifts, never thinking of herself but always going the extra mile for her clients." Her nominator writes, "She always went beyond in caring for her clients. She is an angel with the biggest wings ever!"
Carolyn Leith RN, Centre Grey Hospital
Carolyn Leith has been nursing in the community for over 40 years. According to her nominator she is the nurse everyone hopes they'll get. She is kidded a lot about when she is going to retire, but always tells them, "I love my job" or "I'm just not ready."
Dianne Clifford RN, VON London, London
Dianne has been nominated by a colleague at London Health Sciences Centre who works in a Home Peritoneal Dialysis Unit. She writes, "Home care nurses are an integral part of our team. I've had the good luck to work alongside Dianne during her home visits to my patients. She is very capable and calmly encourages clients and their families in this life-style change. She helps our patients become confident with their home therapy and encourages independence only when it is safe to do so."
Sue Drennan RN, Alexandra Marine and General Hospital
A mother of four writes, "We have made quite a number of visits to Emerg and always hope Sue will be working because of her attitude and response to us, never making me feel bad. She is a compassionate mother and nurse. One daughter has worked with Sue and another has co-oped with her. They both say how much she does for everyone, be it a co-worker or patient."
Tanya Patry RN, Huron County Health Unit,
Tanya co-ordinates the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program at the Huron County Health Unit. She is a visiting nurse and lactation consultant. A co-worker nominated Tanya on the basis that this is such an important role supporting the physical and mental health of families through the challenging and rewarding times from pregnancy through childhood.

She writes, "Tanya works incredibly hard and loves with all her heart."
Norah Profit RN, Alexandra Marine and General Hospital
(posthumously) This is a unique Caring Nurse Award, the first to be given posthumously. According to her nominator, Nora provided the highest quality care in the Emergency Department of the hospital for many years. Although she never got to experience the rewards of retirement, those who knew her well say that she would not likely have retired by choice. They say that only her personal health crisis was able to keep her from the job she loved doing and Goderich was blessed by her years of service.
Joanne Richardson RN, Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital
Joanne was actually nominated three times. One nominator wrote, "When my 88-year-old father was released from hospital the retirement home where he lives stated their staff was not qualifies to handle his catheter changes. Home care was unavailable for another day. That's when Joanne Richardson stepped in, coming to our home about 9pm to check on him.

Since meeting my parents that evening, Joanne has become their friend. She stops in to check on them. Occasionally it's just a friendly visit that really brightens their day. She has also taken them to doctors appointments. When Mom offered to pay her for her help she replied, "That's what friends do." Joanne also looks after her own aging mother. She's described as a caring nurse who nurses from the heart.







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