Neitzert Honored as HRMC 2018 Nurse of the Year
May 11, 2018
Huron, S.D. – Huron Regional Medical Center (HRMC) celebrated National Nurses’ Day on May 3, with an evening of fun and games at the Plains.
This year’s National Nurses Week theme is “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence,” focusing on nurses’ ability to influence the profession and all aspects of health care.
In a short presentation, Pat Woolridge, RN, BSN, MBA, reported that for the 16th year in a row, Gallop Poll findings show Americans rank nursing as the most honest, ethical profession – a testament to the effort nurses put into caring for patients every day.
Ginger Neitzert, RN, who has worked at HRMC for more than 40 years and currently works as an outpatient treatment and emergency room nurse, was recognized as the 2018 Nurse of the Year. She was nominated for the award by her peers and according to the nomination form, “Ginger is a perfect mix of compassion and skill, she is genuine and ingenious, and she has a great sense of humor – there is never a dull moment when you work with her. She stands alone as the true definition of a nurse.”
Neitzert, who was unable to attend the award presentation because she was visiting family in Omaha, Nebraska, received the news via a surprise FaceTime call during the celebration. “I feel very blessed, in thousands of ways, that I became a nurse,” she explained. “Patients, their families and all of my coworkers continue to make my working life rich and fulfilled. Thank you all for this honor!”
HRMC also celebrated National Hospital Week May 6 through May 12 with breakfast and a pizza party served by leadership, all-employee meetings and a Relay for Life basket silent auction fundraiser.
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