Southeast Georgia Health System Honors Nurses, Names 2011 Nurse of the Year

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: May 5, 2011 – Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to announce that April Rhodes, R.N., has been named the Health System’s 2011 Nurse of the Year. Rhodes, an application analyst II in Information Systems and a nurse in the Brunswick Campus Emergency Care Center, was selected from a group of 11 nurses from throughout the Health System who were nominated by fellow team members for their outstanding service. The announcement was made during a reception held Thursday, May 5, in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus, 2415 Parkwood Drive, as part of National Nurses Week festivities. Each year the Health System joins the American Nurses Association (ANA) in recognition of the commitment nurses make every day to patients and the community. This year the theme was “Nurses Trusted to Care.”

Rhodes, a Brunswick native and graduate of Glynn Academy, joined the Health System in July 1999 as a floor nurse on 5 Central after graduating with her nursing degree from the College of Coastal Georgia. In December 2005, after serving as the team coordinator in telemetry, she joined the Information Systems Department to provide clinical support in the development of the electronic medical record and Emergency Care Center’s tracking board. After two years, she decided she also wanted to return to direct patient care on a part-time basis, so she began working at the Brunswick Campus Emergency Care Center where she averages two night shifts per month. When not working, Rhodes enjoys reading, writing, walking on the beach and spending time with her two sons, Addison, 15, and Asher, 4.

“I love interacting with patients and providing nursing care. I still get to enjoy that working in the Emergency Care Center, but I enjoy a different side of it now. My transfer to Information Systems in 2005 allows me to participate in improving patient care and patient safety, utilizing the electronic health record and automating the documentation,” Rhodes says. “In my IT role, I interact with providers that give direct patient care. I am able to use my experience as a nurse, combined with my experience in IT, to make their documentation easier with the goal being for them to spend more time with the patient. I am also looking forward to the future and being a part of patient care and how changes in new technology and ideas will impact health care.” According to Elizabeth J. Gunn, MSN, vice president, Patient Care Services, Rhodes was nominated and subsequently chosen to receive the honor for her outstanding dedication and enthusiasm in making sure patients receive the best and safest care possible.

“The purpose of this award is to highlight the selfless contributions our nurses make every day,” Gunn says. “All of this year’s nominees are outstanding and April is an exceptional choice for this honor. Her role is vital in making sure we accurately keep track of all of our electronic patient records and ensure our patients are given the correct medications. April does a tremendous job working with our team as we continue to improve patient care and safety through the use of the latest technology. She truly is an extraordinary team player and we are very fortunate to have nurses like April and her fellow nominees on our Health System team. ”

The other nominees for the award were: Lynn Reynolds, R.N., Infection Control; Laura Faye Nutgrass, R.N., 5 Telemetry, Brunswick Campus; Barbara Murrah, R.N., Coronary Care Unit, Brunswick Campus; Pamela Jackson, R.N.; Orthopaedic & Spine Center; Brunswick Campus; Denise Padilla, R.N., Emergency Care Center, Camden Campus; Catherine Williams, R.N., 5 Medical, Brunswick Campus; Adam Sanchez, R.N., Emergency Care Center, Brunswick Campus; Debbie Easton, R.N., Nursing Informatics; Vivian Duncan, R.N., Senior Care Center-St. Marys; and Nichole Lockhart, R.N., 6 Surgical, Brunswick Campus.

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