Nancy Lancaster Awarded TFHS 2014 Nurse of the Year
ANNUAL CEREMONY HONORS 2014 TAHOE FOREST HEALTH SYSTEM NURSE OF THE YEAR
In recognition of National Nurses Week, each year since 1990 Tahoe Forest Hospital gives special thanks to all nurses, but designates only one as its “Nurse of the Year”. On Wednesday, May 7, this year’s honoree was announced at a special ceremony at the Eskridge Conference Room at Tahoe Forest Hospital. The “Nurse of the Year” is a person who exhibits exceptional qualities in areas such as clinical competence, leadership abilities and his/her commitment to the nursing profession and the values of the organization.
Top honors went to Nancy Lancaster, Tahoe Forest Hospital’s 2014 Nurse of the Year, who was recognized for excellence in her profession, knowledge, teamwork, and high quality care for her patients. She is “an amazing caregiver. She puts her patients at ease with a laugh, a smile and her incredible competence,” said July Newland, Chief Nursing Officer during the award presentation. Deb Majersky, Chrissy Froelich, NatalieDe Ryk, and Derek Wogsland were also specially recognized for their outstanding service.
The 2014 Nurse of the Year Nominees were: Gabrielle Bradley - Women and Family Center, Vanessa Childress – Operating Room, Kristi Dunning - IVCH/Lakeview, Natalie De Ryk – Information Technology, Ellie Fox-Cruz - Women and Family Center, Christine Froelich - Emergency Department, Sonia Henry - Women and Family Center, Nancy Lancaster – Endoscopy, Deborah Majersky – Intensive Care Unit, Eileen Riotto - Ambulatory Surgery, Beverly Schnobrich - Case Management, Derek Wogsland – Medical Surgical Unit.
Nominees have been selected by their peers and are considered to be dedicated role models in the community. As a nurse, one needs to be a highly dedicated person with varied interests, strengths and passions as nurses work in various facilities like emergency rooms, maternity wards and pediatric offices, to name a few. A dedicated nurse has many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher, striving to serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.
“The biggest compliment a nurse can receive is from a patient. At Tahoe Forest Hospital we are repeatedly told from our patients that the nursing staff is compassionate and truly cares about giving the best care possible,” said Judy Newland, Chief Nursing Officer, Tahoe Forest Hospital. “During National Nurses Week, we’re really honoring all nurses.”
Every May 6 – 12 is National Nurses Week. May 12 marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who some believe is the founder of modern nursing. In 1860, Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing by establishing her own nursing school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. This was the first secular nursing school and is now part of King’s College, London.