Rice Hospital nurses honored for making a difference in patient lives

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By the West Central Tribune, May 12, WILLMAR – Three registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital were honored this past week for making a difference in the lives of their patients.

The winners — Lisa McBrian, Josh Christophers and Connie Larson — were chosen for the My Nurse Made the Difference award, given annually to Rice Hospital nurses who exemplify excellence in patient care and demonstrate the value of the connection between nurse and patient.

Nominations come from patients and families. Award recipients are selected by a panel of judges.

McBrian, the nurse navigator at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center, was nominated by Darin Prescott for going above and beyond in the care of his mother.

McBrian always kept the patient at the center of the discussion and took the time to know her and her family, Prescott wrote in his letter of nomination. She communicated openly and honestly, welcomed questions and made sure the plan of treatment was clearly understood, he wrote.

“Lisa’s caring approach is truly a blessing to have for all patients within the Rice Cancer Center. I truly do not know what I would have done without her advocating for mom,” Prescott wrote.

McBrian attended the St. Cloud School of Nursing, received her baccalaureate degree from Winona State University and a master’s from the College of St. Scholastica. She worked in adult medicine and then as a care manager at Rice Memorial Hospital from 1991 to 2000 before returning as the nurse navigator at the cancer center in 2011. In addition to coordinating patient care across the continuum of cancer treatment, she is involved on the tumor board in planning care and treatment for patients with breast cancer.

Josh Christophers, an intensive care nurse at Rice, was nominated by Pat Booker for the care he provided when her mother died.

During a long night at her mother’s bedside, Christophers took the time to talk to her, console her, hug her and help prepare her for her mother’s death, Booker said in her letter of nomination.

She wrote that his gentleness and professionalism epitomized what it means to be a nurse. “Josh truly was pivotal in comforting my mother and helping me get through that night,” she wrote.

Christophers has been on the nursing staff at Rice Hospital since 2013, working on the adult medical unit. He became an intensive care nurse in January of this year and is certified in advanced cardiac life support. He earned his degree from Northwest Iowa Community College.

Connie Larson, a surgical nurse, was the third of this year’s My Nurse Made the Difference award recipients. She was nominated for the award by Darin Prescott, who also submitted the winning nomination for McBrian.

Read the whole story at: http://www.wctrib.com/business/3743279-rice-hospital-nurses-honored-making-difference-patient-lives

One thought on “Rice Hospital nurses honored for making a difference in patient lives

  1. Kudos for a job well done! Salute to those nurses who did their job well. I hope other nurses and health workers will follow their footsteps.

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