Published on May 21, 2019

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

14 Nurses honored who embody the Essentia Health values

Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center & Clinics celebrated National Nurses Day on Tuesday, May 7 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.”

nurses honored during national nurses week

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

Kathy Blasing, RN in Family Birthplace and Debbie Anderson, RN in Clinical Education at St. Joseph’s Medical Center received the Quality award for finding ways to improve care and consistently seek learning to provide the highest level of care.

Mary Loven, LPN in Internal Medicine at Brainerd Clinic and Carrie Schubert, LPN in Family Practice at Pierz Clinic received the Hospitality award for consistently making patients, visitors and coworkers feel welcome at Essentia Health.

Patricia Ronnei, RN in Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Heather Hoskins, LPN in Internal Medicine at Brainerd Clinic 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 in Internal Medicine and Joan Robben, LPN in Outpatient Treatment at Brainerd Clinic received the 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 Windorski, RN in Family Birthplace and Erma London, RN in Emergency Services at St. Joseph’s Medical Center received the Justice award for ensuring patient and family needs are addressed and that patients and visitors are treated equally at Essentia.

Abby Hradsky, RN in Medical/Surgical Unit at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clarice Brown, LPN in Internal Medicine at Brainerd Clinic 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.

Julie Schwarze, RN in Clinical Education at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Alicia Schultz, LPN in Orthopedic Surgery at Orthopedics & Rehabilitation Clinic 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 Hospitality award. I truly feel any of the Pierz Clinic employees are deserving of this award and to be nominated by my peers is very humbling. I am blessed to be able to enjoy my days with a compassionate and caring team. I appreciate that Essentia takes the time to recognize and celebrate nurses in our organization. I have enjoyed caring for the variety of patients in the Pierz community the past 23 years," said Carrie Schubert, Clinical Assistant at Essentia Health St. Joseph's-Pierz Clinic.

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 5-11 which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.