2017 Nurses of the Year
Hunt Regional Healthcare nurses Andrea Gray, LVN, and Tara Rodriguez, RN, were announced as the 2017 Nurses of the Year this month. A peer-selected award, each year Hunt Regional nurses choose one exceptional nurse to honor as Nurse of the Year during National Nurses Week. This year, a tie resulted in the co-awarding of Gray and Rodriguez.
Nominations for the award are open to any RN or LVN that has been employed by Hunt Regional for at least one year and who meets set performance standards. Chosen by popular vote, the award identifies stand-out nurses across the organization.
Part of the Hunt Regional Medical Center emergency department staff, Gray began working at Hunt Regional in 2005. Emergency Director Kim Mulder, BSN, RN, says that Gray’s work ethic, attitude, smile, and compassion set her apart, both at work and off duty.
“The patient is always her number one concern, but she doesn't let anyone go unnoticed—from families to the housekeepers that she works with. Patients recognize her consistently with comments on surveys or by completing Star cards,” said Mulder.
“Even on vacations, I hear she is continuing her mission by helping the homeless or those she might encounter through her travels. There is never a minute that she isn’t thinking about how to help someone,” she said.
The overwhelming theme behind Tara Rodriguez’s nomination is her team spirit and commitment to her co-workers within the telemetry east observation unit. Clinical Coordinator Cathy Stracener, RN, CCRN, says Rodriguez is always willing to pitch in and help.
“She is loved by her patients, as well as her co-workers. She is the go-to person for teaching new hires and students alike,” said Stracener.
“Tara has a positive attitude and is very easygoing. She is the voice of reason when things get wild and crazy,” says Stracener.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birth date of Florence Nightingale. It is one of the nation's largest healthcare events, recognizing the contributions and commitments nurses make and educating the public about the significant work they perform.