It’s a long road to becoming a nurse: from waiting to be accepted into the program of one’s choice, where competition is fierce, to passing the courses and finally taking the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) exam.
Then, there are the long days and nights – the sore feet and strength to handle the job efficiently, calmly and with compassion.
Nurses are often underappreciated. So, when you are named nurse of the year – the honor is a big one that won’t soon be forgotten.
Sparrow Carson Hospital has recognized Nora Ryan, RN, as it’s 2018 Nurse of the Year.
Ryan has put 39 years in Sparrow Carson and has worked in the Emergency Department for nearly 30 of those years. She is also the chair of the Sparrow Carson Emergency Department’s Unit Based Council, and she is a member of the Service Line Council, which focuses on wellness initiatives for caregivers.
Known to donate her time and supplies to decorate for events at Sparrow Carson, on and off campus, Ryan has also been generous in giving time to community projects including the Splash Pad and Restroom restoration project at West Park, as a Zumba teacher and in organizing meals, care and assistance to caregivers and other residents in need.
“The values and standards of excellence, which are the foundation of Sparrow Carson Hospital, are routinely demonstrated in Nora’s everyday practice,” read Ryan’s nomination letter. “It is nearly impossible to summarize the contributions of such a distinguished and notable Nurse and community leader.”
As the 2018 Nurse of the Year recipient at Sparrow Carson, Ryan received a plaque and certificate, a decorative lantern and a new stethoscope engraved with her name.
Nominees also included Pam Pelz, RN, LBSW, and Laurie Frantz-Hartley, RN, BSN.