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

Rachel Hall, R.N., MSNSoutheast Georgia Health System is pleased to announce that Rachel Hall, R.N., MSN, has been named the Health System’s 2014 Nurse of the Year. A registered nurse at the Senior Care Center-Brunswick, Hall was selected from a group of eight 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 Monday, May 12, in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus, as part of the Health System’s Nurses Week festivities. Each year the Health System joins the American Nurses Association in recognition of the commitment nurses make every day to patients and the community. The theme for this year’s celebration was "Nurses Leading the Way…"

Hall has been director of nursing at the Senior Care Center-Brunswick since March 2011. Her nominator said, "Rachel is extremely knowledgeable and skilled as a nurse, but more than that, the residents and their families, as well as team members at the Senior Care Center benefit from her compassion and understanding." The nominator added that as the director of nursing, Hall is rarely in her office and is actively involved in patient care and helping out her team. "Rachel has been seen serving food trays and feeding residents. She has emptied trash, administered medications and assisted with giving baths. She uses these opportunities to see how the unit is functioning, identify needs and provide educational moments to team members."

According to Elizabeth J. Gunn, R.N., MSN, vice president, Patient Care Services, "The purpose of this award is to highlight the selfless contributions our nurses make every day. All of this year’s nominees are outstanding nurses, and Rachel is an excellent choice for this honor."

Others nominees recognized at the celebration included the following:

Haley Allen, R.N. BSN, Emergency Care Center-Brunswick Campus. Her nominator said, "While it can be easy to become dispassionate working in the Emergency Care Center, Haley always exudes an air of professionalism, caring spirit and a willingness to help other team members, patients and family members."

Angelita Frazier, R.N., night-shift charge nurse, Maternity Care Center-Camden Campus. Her nominator said, "Angelita is calm and professional in any situation. She is an excellent example to anyone who works with her."

Cynthia Horne, R.N., Emergency Care Center-Camden Campus. Her nominator stated, "Cyndy is an excellent role model who advocates for less experienced nurses and looks for ways to assist in developing their knowledge, skills and abilities."

Rod Lawhorn, R.N., Surgical Services, Outpatient Care Center, Brunswick Campus. His nominator said, "Rod loves what he does and it shows in his integrity and dedication to the quality care he gives every one of his patients."

Shawnda Lawrence, R.N., Float Pool, Brunswick Campus. Her nominator said, "Shawnda works in all areas of patient care and consistently exceeds expectations for patient care, customer services and patient advocacy."

DeLinda Strickland, R.N., 5 Medical Unit, Brunswick Campus. Her nominator had a family member who was a patient and reported, "We were so impressed with her knowledge and understanding, as well as her compassion."

Sylvia Zakutansky, R.N., Medical/Surgical Unit, Camden Campus. Her nominator said, "Sylvia is an exceptional role model who treats people with respect and dignity, and communicates clearly with patients and physicians."

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