We have all met at least one outstanding nurse whose courage, competence and commitment to patients and the nursing profession stands out above all others. Each year, 100 Great Iowa Nurses are honored at a ceremony, created for the state of Iowa, by nurse and community leaders.
Boone County Hospital (BCH) is pleased to announce that Ruth Anderson, Home Care/Public Health and Wound Clinic Nurse, is one of the 100 nurses that will be honored at the 4th Annual Ceremony at the HyVee Conference Center in Des Moines on May 4th.
Ruth has been a BCH employee for 27 years. She began working at BCH as a Med/Surg/Peds Staff Nurse/Skilled Care Charge Nurse and eventually transferred to Home Care and the Wound Clinic. Through the years, Ruth and has held many accomplishments one of which is her national recognition as an abstract presenter each year at National Wound Care Symposiums.
“I have been Ruth’s supervisor for almost 15 years,” says Vicki McCambridge, Home Care Director. “Her enthusiasm and love for the nursing profession is evident daily in her actions, the care she provides to her patients, and the mentoring she has provided over the years to new staff and nursing students. She truly exemplifies the qualities of a great nurse!”
Cathy Wetzeler, Wound Care Nurse says, “Ruth is absolutely wonderful to work with. She is uplifting, knowledgeable and deserving of this honor.” She adds, “Ruth is truly a patient advocate and speaks up for her patients.”
The 100 honorees represent 38 counties in Iowa, and the initial pool of 276 nominees came from 70 of Iowa’s 99 counties. The field of nominees was narrowed to 100 by a panel of judges, including nursing professionals and past years’ award winners, who received nominations around the state.
Nurses selected for this honor represent many sectors of health care, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, and office nurses.