POINT PLEASANT — Martha Roush, RN, BSN, Hospice Case Manager, has been named as the recipient of the 2013 Sue Zirkle Nurse of the Year Award.
The award was given during Pleasant Valley Hospital’s Nurses’ Week Celebration.
Roush was selected as this year’s Nurse of the Year based on nominations made by Pleasant Valley Hospital’s nursing staff. Known for her dedication to patients and their families, Roush is a nurse who cares for patients in home health and hospice. She began her career with Pleasant Valley Hospital in 1994. She has worked in Pediatrics, South 1 and 2, ICU, Emergency Room, and currently Home Health and Hospice. She received her nursing degree from West Virginia University – Parkersburg.
“What really impresses me most about the nurses at Pleasant Valley Hospital is their comradery,” said Tom Schauer, PVH CEO. “Martha has a caring attitude that really makes a difference in the lives of our patients. She cares for your loved ones as she would her own. She not only meets the needs of the patients and family members physically, but she is also there for them emotionally and spiritually. Martha also has the heart of a servant and is not afraid to go beyond her assigned duties. One of her recommendation sheets for nurse of the year stated that she also helps around the office with bagging up the trash and other various tasks. She is a wonderful person with a true heart of gold.”
Pleasant Valley Hospital joined the American Nurses Association in celebrating Nurses who are “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care” as part of National Nurses Week held during May. There are few whose lives have not been touched by the care and reassurance that nurses provide, a PVH spokesperon said.
“Pleasant Valley Hospital is the best place to work and it is where I belong,” Roush said. “I came back to work here. Hospice is one of the most fulfilling areas where I am honored to be included in the intimate part of a patient’s life.”
Mistie Best, RN, MSN, MHA, Director of Home Care Services stated, “Martha is a wonderful example of what nursing should be. She is patient, kind, and empathetic to patients as they travel on that most intimate of life’s journeys. She strives to lead by example and shares her compassion and knowledge with all patients that she encounters. To know Martha is to know what nursing is truly about. She is able to comfort patients and family members with her soothing, peaceful nature. She endeavors to meet her patients and families at whatever stage of the journey they might be. She helps them to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual goals. Whatever the situation, Martha meets it with an open mind and an open heart and that quality is exactly what makes her such an amazing nurse, the kind of nurse we should all strive to be.”
Other nurses nominated for the 2013 Sue Zirkle Nurse of the Year Award include: Karen Meadows, Non-clinical nurse; Becky Brown, OB/PEDS; Devin Dudley, ICU; Sarah Sprouse, South 2; Donna Legg, NRC; Todd Doczi, ER; Penny Ohlinger, South 1; and Bev Mattox, PACU/SDS/OR.