Mary should receive a salute because she is a star. Mary gives first class medical care while educating and supporting her direct care and companion/homemaker staff on a daily basis. Possessed of a wonderful disposition, Mary exemplifies what the definition of a nurse should be. On her office wall she has heartwarming phrases such as “A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope,’’ (by Carrie Latet) and “Nurses can take the pressure.’’
Mary performs all of the evaluations for our new CNA’s and HHA’s and possesses the patience as well as the firmness to make them be the “best they can be.’’ Mary not only works diligently on the private pay side (our Additional Care Division), but she also is available on the certified side of our agency as well whenever they are short staffed. It is amazing to have someone you can count on and someone who is a firm believer of “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’’
Mary has volunteered to be on the Professional Development Committee here at the Greater Medford VNA where she works hard to improve the lives of our para-professional staff through education and professional development. Mary is known in the community also, performing blood pressure and “ask-a-nurse’’ clinics throughout Greater Medford. Mary stays in constant contact with client’s physicians and case workers when she feels action needs to be taken. It is not uncommon for Mary to go out and purchase a lockbox for a client to ensure that their medications are kept out of harm’s way. I can think of at least a half dozen clients Mary has purchased lockboxes for and set them up, too. She is extremely thorough in both the care she provides and in documentation. Mary prides herself on both her assessment and nursing skills. Mary is more than a clinician; she is the Clinician of the Year.
—Nominated by Kathleen Ferguson