Local nurses receive statewide awards

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Ashley Jenkins (left), Rachelle Harris (right). Photo courtesy of the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County. 

Wyo4News Staff, [email protected]

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (October 9, 2020) — Two of Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County’s nurses recently were recognized by the Wyoming Nurses Association in its annual statewide awards for excellence.

Ashley Jenkins, a registered nurse on the Medical/Surgical floor, and Rachelle Harris, a registered nurse in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, received two of WNA’s six awards.

Jenkins received WNA’s 2020 Nursing Excellence in the Workplace Award, given to a registered nurse who exemplifies consistent high-quality nursing practices and displays professionalism, according to the WNA.

“I am both honored and humbled to have been selected,” Jenkins said. “To be chosen for such a distinguished award so early in my career means a great deal, especially in a year that has been so difficult for everyone in our field. It reinforces my career choice to become a nurse and motivates me to work even harder. Despite the daily challenges nursing presents, I cannot imagine myself doing anything else.”

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Harris received the WNA’s 2020 Faces of Our Future Nurses Award, given to a registered nurse who has been licensed for five years or less who is known for innovative practice, service in the community, or specific program that will serve the public in the area they practice.

“Being awarded on the state level is certainly an honor,” Harris said. “I am humbled by this experience. It has been amazing to feel the support of the statewide community for the efforts I previously considered to be private and personal. This award has been a great reminder that ‘no good deed goes unnoticed.’ This recognition has encouraged me to pursue my nursing goals with greater passion and dedication.”

Sweetwater Memorial also had several other nominations considered for awards.

Registered Nurses Nicole Mandros and Nicole Halstead were nominated for the Nursing Excellence in the Workplace Award. Julie Leavitt, an MHSC case manager and instructor at Western Wyoming Community College, was nominated for the Excellence in Leadership Award.

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The hospital’s COVID-19 Preparedness Incident Command Team and the Sweetwater Memorial Surgical Services Team each were nominated for the Collaborative Practice Award. It is given to a health system or individual hospital for a collaborative project which shows an interdisciplinary approach to best practices that resulted in improved patient outcomes or cost savings.

MHSC is a non-profit, 99-bed, regional acute-care facility in southwestern Wyoming. The hospital has more than 500 employees, including nearly 40 employed providers who offer care in more than two dozen specialty fields.

MHSC offers care in ENT/Otolaryngology, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Obstetrics and Women’s Health, Oncology, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and Urology. Services include Medical Imaging, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiopulmonary, Diabetes Education, Dialysis, Emergency Care, Intensive Care, Laboratory Services, Medical and Surgical Unit, Nutrition Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Sleep Disorder Lab.

Through its affiliation with the University of Utah Health, dermatology, cardiology, vascular, and maternal-fetal medicine services are offered. Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center is an affiliate partner of the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute.

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