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What makes for a good nurse? Ask anyone in the healthcare world and they’ll tell you the following: Compassion. An inquiring mind. Perseverance. An unrelenting desire to help people. But what makes an excellent nurse? They’re the ones who hold your hand through the good and bad, who stay by your side well past their shifts end, who advocate for your best interests and who inspire others to follow in their footsteps. The twelve remarkable men and women featured in this year’s Top Nurses issue of Rhode Island Monthly go above and beyond to not only make our state’s residents healthier, but also happier. Their hard work and dedication deserves a lifetime of acknowledgements, but, in the meantime, the least we can do is celebrate them as Rhode Island’s Top Nurses of 2016. (pg. 67 Rhode Island Monthly Excellence in Nursing September 2016)
On September 22, Rhode Island Monthly hosted its second annual Excellence in Nursing event at The Crown Plaza in Warwick. Rhode Island Monthly is about to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The past 8 years, they have been recognizing Rhode Island’s Top Docs for their excellence. The Doctor’s that were recognized would often say “You need to do something for the Nurses”. This is how the Rhode Island Monthly’s Excellence in Nursing awards started.
Last year was the first year and it was a tremendous success! Andrea Blessing RN was recognized as the Community Health / Home Health Nurse Of The Year. Andrea has been a nurse since 2006. She started working at Cedar Crest Sub Acute and Rehabilitation Centre as a SubAcute Nurse. The past 7 years, Andrea has been part of Cedar Home Health’s clinical team. Andrea is now leading the team as Clinical Director.
“We have the greatest team at The Cedars. I look forward to going to my job every day. I like knowing that my team can come to me if they have questions and that if I have a question, I can go to them. We’re very supportive of each other. It’s serious work, but we still have fun.” ~Andrea Blessing RN