Sharleen Jones has spent most of her career as a nurse at Payson Regional Medical Center. Now the Maui, Hawaii native is the 2008 Patient's Choice Award Winner.
The award recognizes the exceptional care, comfort and compassion offered by the nurses at PRMC. In addition to Jones, patients nominated Kay Chasse, Maria Hancock, Jaden Rosser and Beth Soholt.
Chief Nursing Officer Hart Hintze for PRMC explained why the hospital solicits patient input on naming the year's top nurse.
"Sometimes it's just too hard to spot one nurse when there are so many nurses in our hospital doing such an incredible job caring for our patients. That's why we ask patients to help us make the choice. They see the little things that matter so much on a very personal level."
Reading from the nomination papers submitted, Hintze said, "Sharleen Jones exemplifies kind, compassionate care for patients. She takes the time and has the heart to not only provide care to her patients, but also to their families. She is devoted, keeps a cool hear and stays focused on patient care."
Jones started at PRMC in 1995, then took a travel assignment to work in Florida in 1998 and came back.
She is one of PRMC's intensive care nurses.
Over the years she said the biggest change she has seen in nursing is the advance in equipment.
"I like the small hospital atmosphere. You know your co-workers," Jones said.
Her future plans include critical care training, she said.
Asked what she would tell young people graduating from high school this week about nursing, Jones said, "It's the greatest profession in the world."