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Nominate An Outstanding Nurse

Nominate An Outstanding Nurse By April 20!

Nominate An Outstanding Nurse for the 11th Annual Lois Fairley Nursing Award

By Deborah Jones

For 20 years and counting, Biz X has focused on businesses, organizations, events and local residents. Our editorial content is mainly business, but at times we do write about other important issues. Matters related to health certainly fall into this category.

Recently, a member of my family spent many days and nights over two different occasions at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Ouellette Campus. A few years ago I also visited another family member at Met Campus for nine months. Back then, but even more so now, I learned how vital nurses are in the recovery process of a patient and how much we depend on them.

It’s very hard at night to leave your family member in a room hooked up to machines while you worry about him or her constantly and hope for them to be well again. Of course in addition to the doctors (and we were in touch with a few amazing ones as well), nurses are who you trust to care for your loved one so you can still work, sleep and try to get through daily life functions during medical emergencies.

In our case, we were in touch with many fantastic nurses who helped us tremendously and to choose just one would not be fair.

So for now I want to give a shout out to all the outstanding nurses (students too) on the 6th floor at Ouellette Campus for being so caring. But, I give our readers the tough task of selecting only one nominee from the many dedicated and wonderful nurses in the community who have demonstrated a commitment through excellence in delivering nursing care.

It’s time again to recognize the Windsor-Essex County Nurse of the Year.

The 11th Annual Lois Fairley Nursing Award is given by the Windsor-Essex Chapter of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) from nominations received from the public.

The award is named after Lois Fairley, a graduate of Grace Hospital’s nursing program in 1955 who spent her career serving patients at Grace Hospital as a nurse and head nurse until her retirement in 1993. Sadly she passed away in 2007, and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario instituted this award for Windsor Essex in 2008 to honour her lasting legacy of love and caring.

To send in a nomination, in 500 words or less, include in a letter details on how a nurse has impacted your life or changed the life of a patient/family. Nominees (nurses) should: have proven themselves to be advocates for patients and the nursing profession; be committed to the service of patients/clients and demonstrate commitment and support for the community of coworkers where the nurse is employed.

For more information and the nomination form go to the RNAO website: WindsorEssexRNAO.org. Entries must be received by April 20 at 5 p.m. and can be mailed to Crystal Hepburn, 260 Belleperche Place, Windsor, ON, N8S 3B5 or sent by email to: crystalhepburnRN@gmail.com.

So, if you find yourself dealing with an outstanding nurse and you believe they have provided outstanding care, please nominate and thank him/her. Next month we can celebrate the entire nursing profession during National Nursing Week from May 7 to 13 with the theme #YesThisIsNursing.

Stay healthy my friends!