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Nurse Makes A Difference Awards

June 09, 2010

Each year during Nurses Week, Coliseum Health System recognizes their nursing staff with the “Nurse Makes a Difference” Award. This award is given to the nurses who show extraordinary compassion to the patients and demonstrate leadership. This year’s recipients are Shelly Forsee, RN at Coliseum Medical Centers and Anitra Thorton-Jones, RN at Coliseum Psychiatric Center.

Forsee began working at the Coliseum Hospital in 2005.  She was hired as an admission nurse for the medical/surgical floor and quickly moved into a charge position.  She is well-respected in her area and admired for her ability to take charge and run a smooth unit.  Every year since being hired, she has been a nominee for the Nurse Makes a Difference Award.  In January 2009, Forsee also received Employee of the Month.  She is described by her peers as being kind, caring, and well liked, and is known for going the extra mile to help her co-workers.

Thornton-Jones has been employed by Coliseum Psychiatric Center since 2005 and has worked as psychiatric nurse for ten years. She currently works in Coliseum’s outpatient psychiatric services where she functions as the department’s primary nurse. Her strong work ethic and attention to detail has led to her being a patient favorite within the department.  She is very active within her church family while balancing work and family as a single mother of two. She has an infectiously positive attitude that reflects on her co-workers and more importantly the patients for which she cares. She is a tireless champion of patient rights, who always puts patient care and safety first.

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