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.
To find out about nursing careers with the Health System, visit www.sghs.com
and click on “Find A Career.”