‘Nurses fix and love people’: Nursing Week celebrated at WDMH

Nursing Week Award Winners at WDMH include (from left): Callie Laurin (Lifelong Learner Award), Carol Kimball (Nursing Leadership Award) and Shannon Horsburgh and Karen Lydiatt (representing the ER and OR teams).

WINCHESTER — “Nurses fix and love people.”

That was just one of the sentiments provided by Winchester Public School students when they were invited to submit drawings showing “what nurses do.” It was one of the many ways that Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) celebrated National Nursing Week, held from May 7 to 12. WDMH nurses themselves also explained their role — through poster presentations on special projects and research initiatives.

The handiwork of a Winchester Public School student.

“The week provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding compassionate and safe care nurses provide to patients all year long,” noted Lynn Hall, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive.

“They go above and beyond to provide the very best care for our patients.”

A highlight of the week was the presentation of the annual Nursing Week Awards, with congratulations offered to Callie Laurin who received the Lifelong Learner Award. Callie began as a Registered Practical Nurse and completed her Registered Nurse degree while working and raising two young children. “Callie is an eager learner and always jumps in to learn more. She has a thirst for knowledge and never back down from a challenge,” explained her nominators. Callie is a Registered Nurse in Chemotherapy.

The Nursing Leadership Award was presented to Carol Kimball who is a Registered Nurse in Dialysis. Her nominators noted: “Carol is a phenomenal nurse who always offers words of encouragement, respect and support to fellow nurses and patients alike. She is professional and brightens the day for fellow colleagues and patients.”

Teamwork is essential to the safe delivery of nursing services and the Emergency and Operating Room nurses were recognized for their collaboration on a recent project. By working together, they improved the process for preparing patients to have surgery at WDMH. “They have demonstrated compassionate excellence, but most of all they have truly exemplified that ‘we are one team’,” said their nominators.

Penny Webster was one of several nurses who shared a poster presentation on her research work.

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