SMC's 2013 Nurse of the Year

July 1, 2013

     It is ER Nurse Jessica Powell’s leadership qualities and high degree of professionalism that have led to her being selected as Springhill Medical Center’s 2013 Nurse of the Year.
     “I have observed Jessica in many different types of emergency situations,” said Powell’s supervisor, Gene Nelson, R.N., A.N.M., “and she always displays the utmost respect and care for the patient and the families in the terrible situations they are going through.”
     Powell has been at SMC for seven years and has worked on the night shift as a supervisor for three years.
     Her co-workers note that she is ahead of the curve when changes are rolled out at the hospital. In general, her team is already performing the processes that are being implemented. One good example is when the hospital implemented bedside registration.
     “For a long time, they had already been taking patients straight to their beds to register them there,” Nelson said. “When I ran the numbers, her team was far ahead of all of the other shifts with this change.”
     That’s her nature with any change. She finishes any task assigned to her immediately. She serves on ER council, as well.She always arrives early and is never absent.
     “I can’t say that I have ever worked with a more professional nurse,” Nelson said. “Our only problem is that all of the nurses want to work on her team!”
     As Nurse of the Year, she receives a preferred parking space of her choice for a year, PTO day, Nurse of the Year pin, two bottles of wine, two gift bags, and a framed certificate.
     Other nurses nominated for the honor were: Ann Jensen, ICU; Tabitha Box, Unit 3200; and Doug Meadows, Unit 3300.