Mead Named DCH Nurse of the Year

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 so overwhelmed."

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 your best."

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 nurse status.

"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. You can see more of these articles at www.washtimesherald.com.

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