Mead Named DCH Nurse of the Year
Daviess Community Hospital
Daviess Community Hospital's Cancer Patient Navigator Sharon Mead tackles
every task with a smile and a willingness to give her all. She advocates
for her patients, openly shares her own experiences and has been an active
member of the DCH Relay for Life, March of Dimes and Komen Race for the
Cure teams among other things. Friday afternoon, the nurse of over 30
years was honored as the DCH Nurse of the Year at a special reception
marking the end of a week-long celebration for nurses.
"I just really don't know what to say," she said, moments
after DCH's interim vice president of nursing Tina Durnil called her
name. "I know. Speechless from me is hard to believe. I'm just
Mead believes, very simply, she's just doing her job.
"I love my job. I really do. I'm just doing what I'm meant
to," she said. "And I think when you love what you do, you do
Durnil said Mead is fully committed to her job, the patients and the physicians
she works with and her coworkers.
"She consistently demonstrates the WE CARE standards. She has a willing
attitude and provides excellent customer service by going the extra mile
to make sure patients area able to receive the care they need while having
a positive experience here at DCH," said Durnil. "She communicates
with her patients honestly, and openly shares her own experiences to make
her patients feel more at ease."
Mead, Durnil said, also holds herself accountable.
"If she tells you something will be done, it gets done. She respects
her patients' ideas and provides them with information and help they
need," Durnil said. "She has worked past her normal hours many
times and comes in on days off. She willingly trades shifts with her coworkers
to help meet their needs and enjoys taking new employees and students
under her wing."
She also never stops learning. Recently Mead obtained oncology certified
"I'm proud proud of this little pin," she said, pointing
at the tiny lapel pin.
And she's helped create policies and write protocols and applied for
and received a grant to help women who lack insurance coverage.
Other DCH Nurse of the Year nominees were Candace Crawford, Sandra Cox,
Jessica Kavanaugh, Janell Berry and Angela George. Several nurses were
also honored for their continuing education over the last year. Alexa
Kluemper, Maci Loyd, Natasha Smith and Shawna Webb all earned licensed
practical nursing degrees. Earning bachelor's of nursing degrees were
Lachelle Ahlert, Chris Banks, Sharon Banks, Leanna Graber, Paige Harrawood,
Assal Mori Mohammadi, Sandra Panknin and Alex Shaw. Alexandria Carie Kroeger
and Elizabeth Mullis each earned master's degrees in nursing and Harrawood
was certified as sexual assault nurse examiner, Mead as an oncology certified
nurse and Libby Worland as a certified emergency nurse.
Article written by Lindsay Owens and courtesy of Washington Times Herald.
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