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Deuble Receives Coveted WCA Nurse of Distinction Award

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From left hospital leadership present the Nurse of Distinction award: Ann Downing, R.N., MS, Vice President of Nursing at WCA Hospital; Shelly Deuble, R.N., 2011 Nurse of Distinction award recipient; Ruth Walton, R.N., BSN, WCA Hospital Nurse Manager.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, June 3, 2011)— Michele (Shelly) Deuble, R.N. at WCA Hospital received the Distinguished “2011 Nurse of Distinction” for outstanding achievement in the field of nursing from WCA. The honor was given during a special breakfast held in recognition of National Nurses Week.

The distinguished tradition at WCA Hospital began in 1989 when Elaine Hoglin was selected the first “Nurse of Distinction”.

“Nurses play a central role in delivering high-quality, patient-centered care at WCA,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “Our timeless tradition of celebration is one that recognizes the exceptional work of our nursing staff and we take this special opportunity to extend our thanks and appreciation to Shelly for exceeding our patients’ expectations and exemplifying our mission to improve the well-being of those we serve.”

WCA Hospital awards the distinction to an outstanding Registered, Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree Nurse who exemplifies the mission and vision of WCA Hospital.  The award is given to a nurse who displays outstanding achievement; is a role model; possesses professional standards and leadership skills; is an advocate for healthcare and the nursing profession; and is involved in his or her community.  The honoree is nominated by his or her colleagues and selected by the Nurse of Distinction Committee comprised of recipients from previous years.

In recent years, emphasis on improving the quality of care provided by the nation’s hospitals has increased significantly and continues to gain momentum.  Given that nurses are integral to inpatient care, nurses are pivotal in hospital efforts to enhance quality.  Deuble was awarded recognition for her leadership for improving quality patient care initiatives.  In presenting the coveted award, Ann Downing, R.N., MS, Vice President of Nursing at WCA Hospital said, “As special care’s representative of the nursing quality improvement team, Shelly affects outcomes and process improvements.  She has taken on a leadership role in improving patient satisfaction initiatives to reduce falls, improve communication, and minimize the pain experienced by our patients.  She serves as an inspiration and role model to our nursing staff and we are very proud to recognize her as Nurse of Distinction.”

Ruth Walton, R.N., BSN, Special Care Nurse Manager at WCA added, “Shelly is an excellent friend, wife, mother, and especially an excellent nurse.  She is well-deserving of the accolades she has received and the honor of being named WCA’s 2011 Nurse of Distinction.”

Shelly joined the WCA Hospital family in 1978 as a Licensed Practical Nurse, graduating from the Jamestown Practical School of Nursing.  She continued her education while raising a family and working full-time and received an Associate of Nursing Degree from Jamestown Community College in 2002 at which time she was promoted to a Registered Nurse position. Recognizing employees that exemplify the kind of person that patients, family members and fellow employees distinguish as role models at WCA, Shelly was also awarded the distinguished honor of “WCA’s Employee of the Month” in December of 1996. 

Shelly resides in Jamestown with her husband, Dennis and two children, Ashley and Adam.

Award finalists for the 2011 Nurse of Distinction were:  Nadean Huck, Senior Staff Nurse, Special Care; Diane Rickard, R.N., Senior Staff Nurse, 5D Unit; and Suzanne Diamond, R.N., Surgery/Operating Room.

Previous Nurse of Distinction recipients include Elaine Hoglin, Julie Anderson, Mary Sue Pawlak, Michelle Benson, Carol Nelson, Kathleen Cayer, Sue Crytzer, Toni DeAngelo, Ruth Yancey-Walton, Joann Nelson, Joyce Devine, Sandra Gilebarto, Ralph Hamby, Karen Beck, Wendy Beckerink, Charity Carris, Donna Bryant, Jennifer Zabalo, Mindy Moore, and Erica Alekson.

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