Deyke and Smith Honored at March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards
The Nebraska Chapter of March of Dimes together with Methodist Health System and West Corporation joined to honor 172 outstanding local nurses at the 2015 Nurse of the Year Awards on November 12th at the Omaha Hilton. These nurses are nominated because they demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion, and service. Nurse of the Year Awards is an annual event to celebrate the nursing profession and creates awareness of the recent strides made in this growing field. Twenty-eight nurses were selected for special recognition in categories including Rising Star, Clinical and Research Excellence and Nurse of the Year awards.
Two of the top 28 nurses recognized were Sue Deyke and Heidi Smith, Columbus Community Hospital. Sue was presented the Rural Award sponsored by Arbor Health. She is the Emergency Department Nursing Director and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. As a strong leader, Sue became an advocate for the unit as the ED was expanded and a representative and voice of the ED nurses in settings where nurses were not present. With persistence and creativity she addressed quality, safety, and employee well-being. Sue is an excellent clinician that places safety and quality as a priority. Sue tries to put laughter and fun into her department with the overarching objective of always, always placing great patient outcomes as her team’s first priority. Her work ensures that rural communities are much safer!
Heidi stepped up when a need for a specialized oncology nurse was identified. She dove into an advanced series of education and training and obtained her certification as an Oncology Nurse Specialist. But it is her compassion and caring spirit that is what truly sets her apart. Her nominator wrote, “Heidi seems driven by the challenge to provide excellent patient care and fueled by a passion to improve the lives of her patients.” Heidi consistently displays great energy, warmth and positivity. She strives to coordinate care between healthcare providers, procedures, and testing to make the patient experience as seamless as possible.
About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes continues its ongoing work to help babies get a healthy start in life. Early research led to the Salk and Sabin polio vaccines that all babies still receive. Other breakthroughs include new treatments for premature infants and children with birth defects. About 4 million babies are born each year in the United States, and all have benefitted the March of Dimes life-saving research and education.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.