Seven Providence nurses honored at March of Dimes Oregon Nurse of the Year Awards

October 25, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. – When it comes to nursing in Oregon, Providence is home to more of the best of the best.

The Greater Oregon Chapter of the March of Dimes today named seven Providence nurses as winners in its annual Oregon Nurse of the Year awards.

That's more than any other health system. In addition, Providence's Tara Arnold, RN, was unanimously selected as the Distinguished Nurse of the Year. Arnold is also the reigning Mrs. Oregon.

The March of Dimes' Nurse of the Year Awards were created to honor the outstanding work of Oregon nurses, including their care and compassion for patients. A total of 364 nurses were nominated, and 36 Providence nurses were selected as finalists for the awards.

“This is a fabulous acknowledgment of the work done by our Providence nurses every day,” said Judy Tatman, RN, chief nursing officer for Providence in Oregon. “It's an honor to have so many of our colleagues recognized for being among Oregon's best.”

In addition to the overall award, Arnold, a pediatric nurse at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, was also honored in the Community Health category for her work encouraging young people to exercise and prevent obesity.

Also receiving awards at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center were Nancy Irland, RN, who received the Nurse Educator award, and Robin Olafson, RN, a sexual assault nurse examiner, who won the Nurse Specialty award.

Marcia Reynolds, RN, of Providence Portland Medical Center won in the Emergency category, which honors emergency department, flight, ambulance, pre-hospital, telephone triage and pediatric emergency nurses.

Providence Milwaukie Hospital's Shannon Mack, RN, received the Small Hospital award for hospitals with less than 100 beds.

Cindy Smith, BSN, of Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, was honored as the Surgical Services award winner.

Finally, Karen Lamica, RN, a home health nurse with Providence Home Services, was the winner in the Mental Health category, honoring nurses working in either outpatient or inpatient settings.