WVU Hospitals names nurses and colleagues of the year

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Six nurses and a clinical practice manager who supports nursing efforts won the top awards at the WVU Hospitals 2022 Nurses and Interprofessional Colleague of the Year ceremony held May 6.

"We had a record number of nominations this year – 47 total – from all areas of our hospital. Some of the themes from the nominations this year resound with teamwork, going above and beyond, and putting patients first. These nomination letters are a true testament of how these clinicians have worked together, especially over the past few years, to care for some of the most critical patients and how our team continues to meet those challenges day in and day out,” Lya M. Cartwright-Stroupe, DNP, APRN, CPNP, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, manager of Nursing Research and Professional Development, Magnet® Program director, and Transition to Practice Program director, said.

“This celebration is a way to give gratitude and recognition to our nurses and interprofessional colleagues who are part of our teams making sure every patient gets the high-quality care they deserve.”

This year’s winners are:

Inpatient Platinum Nurse of the Year – given to any direct care nurse with 20 or more years of experience who exemplifies excellence in nursing and patient care:

Inpatient Gold Nurse of the Year – given to any direct care nurse with 10-19 years of experience who exemplifies excellence in nursing and patient care:

  • Winner: Amber Murray, Medical-Surgical/Hospice Unit
  • Nominees: Heather Ehrhart, Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU); Carol Evans, NICU; Holly Keller, Fairmont Medical Center ED; Amy Moneypenny, Heart and Vascular Institute

Inpatient Silver Nurse of the Year – given to any direct care nurse with 2-9 years of experience who exemplifies excellence in nursing and patient care:

Inpatient Bronze Nurse of the Year – given to any direct care nurse with less than 1 year of experience who exemplifies excellence in nursing and patient care:

  • Winner: Elizabeth Nichols, Children’s ED
  • Nominees: Alexis Mayfield-Hawkins, Dialysis; Maverick Nelson Medical-Surgical Unit; Brandon L. Pelosi, Ruby Memorial ED; Hannah Ross, MICC; Kendalyn Stutler, Heart and Vascular Institute

Ambulatory Nurse of the Year – given to a nurse who works in the ambulatory areas of the organization:

Nurse Educator of the Year – given to any nurse who has the job title clinical preceptor, college coordinator, or any nurse educator role:

  • Winner: Amy Ward, Children’s surgical services
  • Nominees: Krista Flesher, Ruby ED; Shannon Koty, Inpatient Pediatrics; Laura Mileto, Fairmont ED; Leeann Noss, MICU; Rachel Spak, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit; Allison Starcher, Nursing Administration

Most Helpful Interprofessional Colleague – given to a non-nurse employee who exemplifies excellence in patient care by collaborating with the nursing staff to meet patient needs and provide patient-centered care:

  • Winner: Sarah Smith, clinical practice manager
  • Nominees: Danielle Benson, Respiratory Therapist for the Children’s Pediatric Transport Team; Jody Feniello, case manager; Paula Foster, IT analyst; Tyra Payton, patient monitor technician; Kylee Savage, ED technician; Barbara Shaver, activities assistant, Child Life Program; Tammy Spiker, EMT; Courtney Sweet, Pharmacy

The ceremony kicked off National Nurses Week, which is May 6-12 annually.

National Nurses Week is a time for individuals, employers, other healthcare professionals, community leaders, and nurses to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s registered nurses. The first national week of recognition for nurses was celebrated October 11-16, 1954, to observe the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. National Nurses Week was first observed on the current dates, which coincide with Nightingale’s birthday on May 12, in 1991, and it became an annual event in 1994.

To learn more about becoming a nurse at WVU Medicine, visit WVUMedicine.org/Careers.

From left to right: Michael Grace, president of WVU Hospitals; Elizabeth Nichols, Bronze Nurse of the Year; Benjamin Shertzer, Silver Nurse of the Year; Amy Ward, Nurse Educator of the Year; Maria Martino, Ambulatory Nurse of the Year; Debra Ott, Platinum Nurse of the Year; Amber Murray, Gold Nurse of the Year; Sarah Smith, Interprofessional Colleague of the Year; and Doug Mitchell, WVU Hospitals vice president and chief nursing officer