Bothwell Regional Health Center recognized nominees and presented Nurse of the Year and Nursing Support Person of the Year awards on May 10 in recognition of National Nurses Week.

National Nurses Week highlights the contributions of nurses from all over the world. Each year, Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Bothwell’s theme this year was, “Nurses Rising Together."

Nominees for Nurse of the Year must be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) and have worked at Bothwell for at least one year. Nominees for Nursing Support Person of the Year are unlicensed patient support staff and may work in any nursing department and have worked at Bothwell for at least one year. They are nominated by their peers and are committed to providing exceptional nursing care and compassion to patients.

Margaret Benson is Bothwell’s 2024 Nurse of the Year and is a Registered Nurse in Bothwell's 2 Southwest hospital unit. Her nominator said Benson shows compassion and care, is always willing to help and is an excellent communicator.

“Margaret is a rock star,” nominator said. “She is an amazing nurse who wears her heart on her sleeve. She cares for her patients like she would want her family cared for. She is the first one up when a bed alarm sounds, she takes time to fully explain things to patients and visitors and she is always willing to help. Margaret has been a nurse for a long time and is an amazing resource to our team."

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Additional nominees for Nurse of the Year included Clarissa Burke, Truman Lake Health Center; Katelyn Buxton, Progressive Care Unit; Reilly O’Shea, Progressive Care Unit; Heather Smith, Emergency Department; Kristy Musgrave, 2 Southwest; Megan Stamps, Progressive Care Unit; Kylie Musgrave, Progressive Care Unit; Mike Snow, Nursing Administration; Jeanne Waters, Surgery; Devin Lefevers, TLC Pediatrics; Melissa Knipp-Hall, Progressive Care Unit; Calla Wiegel, Critical Care Unit; and Keirsten Lorenz, Emergency Department.

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