Washougal women are among Nurse of the Year finalists

Awards breakfast will be held Friday in Portland

With 404 nurses nominated, 222 finalists remain for the Fifth Annual Nurse of the Year Awards. Two of them are from Washougal.

The Nov. 13 event will honor outstanding Oregon and Southwest Washington nurses for their care and compassion toward patients. Seventeen nurses will be given awards; one in each of 16 categories, and one Distinguished Nurse of the Year.

The 14 Clark County finalists are:

  • Washougal — Noel Carr (Kipp) for critical care (adult/pediatric/neonatal) at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Melanie Fain for Nurse Leader at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
  • Battle Ground — Mary Bacon for critical care (adult/pediatricneonatal) at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel; Carolyn Kozik for nurse leader at Adventist Medical Center-Portland; Becky Lange for ambulatory care/clinic care at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
  • Ridgefield — Amanda Grant for ambulatory care/clinic care at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.
  • Underwood — James Byrd for emergency at Portland Adventist Medical Center.
  • Vancouver — Lacey Anderson for ambulatory care/clinic care at Kaiser Permanente Northwest; Melissa Hopkins for ambulatory care/clinic care at The Vancouver Clinic; Raelene Jarvis for nurse leader at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center; Liliya Kovalev for adult acute care at Portland Adventist Medical Center; Hillary McMurtry for women’s health at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center; and Naomi Sohm for hospice, home health, long term care, rehab and palliative care at Portland Adventist Medical Center.
  • Woodland — Linda VanTassell for critical care (adult/pediatric/neonatal) at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
  • There are 143 finalists from the greater Portland area; 26 from the Columbia River Gorge area; 12 from Lane County; 15 from North Coast; six from Longview, Washington; four from the Salem area and two from southern Oregon.

    The Nurse of the Year Awards will be presented during a breakfast at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland.

    Gladys Campbell, previous CEO of Northwest Organization of Nursing Executives and current independent health care consultant, leadership coach and public speaker, will be the keynote speaker. Local media personality and a regular extra on the “Grimm” television show, Tara Dublin, will emcee.

    For more information or to register for the event, visit marchofdimes.org/Oregon.

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