Published on May 14, 2018

Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center & Clinics Celebrates National Nurses Day

Nurses honored on National Nurses Day

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinic nurses honored during national nurses week for embodying the values of Quality, Hospitality, Respect, Joy, Justice, Stewardship, and Teamwork.
Front Row L-R: Joyce Bachman, RN – Endoscopy; Paula Coil, LPN – Internal Medicine; Jessica Osburnsen, LPN – Family Practice; Pat DeLong, MPA, RN-BC, CPHQ – Central Market Nurse Leader; Kimberly Campbell, RN – Infusion Center; Kaycee Houde, RN – Marilyn Covey Heart & Vascular Center;
Back Row L-R: JoAnn Bresnahan, RN – Family Practice; Lynae Dixon, LPN – Internal Medicine; Melissa Lake RN – OB/GYN Women and Children; Whitney Tautges, RN - Telemetry; Rebecca Matejcek, RN – ICU/Telemetry; Clarice Dexheimer, RN – Internal Medicine; Katherine Richardson, LPN – Internal Medicine; Courtney Douglas, RN – Family Birthplace; Tanya Hanson, LPN – Family Practice

14 Nurses honored who embody the Essentia Health values

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center & Clinics celebrated National Nurses Day on Thursday, May 10 with a ceremony recognizing nurses who model Essentia Health values in their daily work.

As the largest employer in the County, one in three of our nearly 1,500 colleagues are nurses. At Essentia nurses have many different areas of expertise and training and fill important roles in almost every part of our organization. Some examples include registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN), nurse practitioners (NP), certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), and clinical nurse specialists.

Pat DeLong, Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center & Clinics Chief Nursing Officer says, “Our nurses are an incredible group. Whether they’re in our clinic or hospital, each department I go to is filled with smiling people who have a passion for caring for our community. Being an Essentia Health nurse is about witnessing our values to others in a caring and compassionate manner, it makes nursing here a very special thing.”

Essentia honored fourteen nurses who embody seven values – Quality, Hospitality, Respect, Joy, Justice, Stewardship, and Teamwork.

Lynae Dixon, LPN of Pillager and Kaycee Houde, RN of Nisswa received the Quality award for finding ways to improve care and consistently seek learning to provide the highest level of care.

Kimberly Campbell, RN of Baxter and Courtney Douglass, RN of Brainerd received the Hospitality award for consistently making patients, visitors and coworkers feel welcome at Essentia Health.

Melissa Lake, RN and Tanya Hanson, LPN both of Brainerd received the Respect award for treating patients, coworkers, and families as their equal, and respects their input into the care of the patient.

Katherine Richardson, LPN of Pillager and Whitney Tautges, RN of Brainerd Joy award for celebrating an environment of safety, honesty, hope and wellbeing and spreads joy through small and large acts of kindness to colleagues and patients.

Jessica Osburnsen, LPN of Backus and Paula Coil, LPN of Brainerd received the Justice award for ensuring patient and family needs are addressed and that patients and visitors are treated equally at Essentia.

Joyce Bachman, RN of Baxter and Clarice Dexheimer, LPN of Brainerd received the Stewardship award for not only maintaining cost effectiveness in their department, but promoting wellbeing of Essentia patients to ensure the highest quality care within financial and resource limits.

Rebecca Matejcek, RN of Pillager and JoAnn Bresnahan, RN of Breezy Point received the Teamwork award for being an active participant in daily activities and openly promote teamwork and interdisciplinary communication among others.

“I am honored to be recognized and awarded the Respect award. There are so many nurses deserving of awards and to be nominated by my peers is very humbling. I appreciate that Essentia takes the time to recognize and celebrate nurses in our organization. This is a great place to work and I am confident we have the best nurses in the area!” said Missy Lake, Prenatal Education & Lactation Services Coordinator at Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center.

Although only a few nurses were honored today, they quickly praised their colleagues for their teamwork.

“Honoring hardworking nurses and celebrating them is a great way to build better nurses for the community,” DeLong says. “We want to have great nurses here because our community deserves absolutely the best care. We want every patient who comes to Essentia Health and their family to feel welcomed and to know they’re getting the best care possible.”

National Nurses Week was May 6-12 which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.