Five Rogers County women were recently recognized by their peers among the top nurses in the state of Oklahoma.
Judy Hendricks, Marilyn Loersch, Stephanie Porter, Amy Cantwell, and Denise Green were among the medical professionals honored at the “Great 100 Nurses Celebration of Oklahoma” ceremonies recently in Catoosa.
Hosted by The Great 100 Nurses Foundation, the Great 100 Nurses Celebration of Oklahoma celebration was an evening which honored nursing professionals and the legacy of compassion and service.
“We were just doing our job, but we were all nominated by our peers for this distinction,” said nurse Judy Hendricks. “I think there were somtehing like 424 applications, so to be selected among the top 100 nurses in the state was truly an honor. I think we were all pretty excited, pretty proud.”
Hendicks, who works with Restore Home Health, is the senior-most nurse selected, with 48 years experience in nursing, and with her fellow Rogers County honorees, represent more than 100 years in nursing.
Loersh, who works Chapman Breast Center in Hillcrest, has 13 years experience, Green, who works at the Claremore Indian Hospital and part-time with RSU, has 35 years experience, Cantwell works in surgery at the Claremore Indian Hospital and has 13 years experience, and Porter works in the emergency room at the Claremore Indian Hospital and has seven years experience.
While each of the nurses expressed thankfulness for the recognition, each also felt their work was less a job than a calling.
“Making a difference in our patient’s lives, in their experience — that’s really what being a nurse is all about,” Green said. “When they’re in a situation where they come to see us, they already feel vulnerable and probably a little scared. Helping to reassure them and comfort them — to make things better for them through communication, making their environment as good as we can or explaining what’s going on, what we’re doing in ways they can better understand — that’s what being a nurse is about.”
In addition to being recognized, the nurses each received a certificate of appreciation from Nathalie Walker, MBA, BS, RN, CNOR and president of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, an organization which advocates excellence in perioperative practice and healthcare.