Christine Wyrsch, MEd, BSN, RN-C, a nurse in the Center for Pain Management at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (WDH) was chosen by the New Hampshire Nurses Association (NHNA) as the 2013 Direct Care Nurse of the Year. Chris Wyrsch has worked as a direct care nurse at WDH since 2007 and continues to educate others and provide extra support and advocacy for her patients. Chris Wyrsch has experience in critical care, cardiology, surgical and emergency nursing.
“There are few times throughout your nursing career you come across another nurse whose practice makes you say to yourself ‘that’s the kind of nurse I want to be,’” said Melissa Philippe, BSN, RN-C, a WDH Center for Pain Management nurse. “For me, that nurse is Chris Wyrsch.”
In a nomination letter, Center for Pain Management Nurse Manager Donna Marie Everett, MS, BSN, RN, said, “Chris’s ability and passion for best practice and can-do attitude, along with strong leadership and a talent for both patient and peer education, brings state-of-the-art nursing practice to our clinic, and to our facility.”
The Direct Care Nurse of the Year award is given to a registered nurse who exemplifies strength and passion as a professional nurse in clinical practice using best practice standards, patient advocacy and community involvement. The recipient needs to be highly regarded as a leader among peers.
Chris Wrysch received the award during the NH Nurses Association’s Celebration & Transformation Awards Banquet in Concord in October.
Eight WDH nurses were nominated for five categories of awards from the NHNA. Additional Nominees for Nurse of the Year award included Barbara Stuart, RN, CHPN, ASN, Palliative Care nurse at WDH; Mary Mignano, RN, ASN, staff nurse at WDH; and Patricia Clark, RN, CPAN, CAPA, ASN, Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit nurse at WDH.
Nominees for the NHNA Professional Advancement award included Jacqueline McCourt, RN, PNP-BC, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with CHaD at WDH; Cathleen Smith, RN, ASN, staff nurse at WDH; and Kimberly McMahon, RN, BSN, staff nurse at WDH. Nominee for the NHNA Champion of Nursing award included Collette Carville, RN, Cardiac Rehabilitation nurse at WDH.