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NIHD celebrates Nurses Week with special honors

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NIHD celebrates Nurses Week with special honors

Above: Shawna Johnson and Cheryl Carter, both Registered Nurses in Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s Surgical Services, received awards during this last week’s National Nurses Week Celebration. Johnson, left, was given the “Rookie of the Year” honor for her contributions to the surgical team as one of its newest members. Carter, right, received the Spirit Award for exemplifying NIHD’s mission and core values and inspiring others. Photo by Barbara Laughon/Northern Inyo Healthcare District.


As part of National Nurses Week, Northern Inyo Healthcare District recently recognized several outstanding employees.

Shawna Johnson, a NIHD surgical nurse, received the “Rookie of the Year Award” for her excellence and contributions to the surgical team. Johnson's speed in completing training, grasp of complex procedures, and positive approach were highlighted, along with her efforts to improve workflow efficiencies and patient care.

“Even more, Shawna possesses a positive attitude that is infectious to those around her,” her nomination read. “Her dedication to providing excellent patient care is evident in every interaction, making a lasting impact on those she cares for. We could not be happier to have her as part of our team.”

Ashley Weatherford of NIHD’s Diagnostic Imaging was recognized for her patient safety efforts with its “Good Catch” Award. Weatherford attention to detail helped advance better patient safety across many District departments this year.
Photo by Barbara Laughon/Northern Inyo Healthcare District.


Ashley Weatherford, NIHD's Mammography X-ray lead, earned the annual Good Catch Award for her attention to detail, which prevented potential patient harm. Weatherford noticed a discrepancy between expected and actual results in a specific imaging case, demonstrating her commitment to patient safety.

According to Chief Nursing and Operations Officer Allison Partridge, Weatherford’s “good catch” greatly affected several NIHD departments, enhancing care for all patients. “I cannot express how proud I am of you for speaking up and for your absolute attention to detail,” Partridge told Weatherford.

Cheryl Carter, a Registered Nurse First Assist of the Perioperative team, received the Spirit Award for exemplifying the mission and core values of the District. Carter's dedication, skill, and ability to anticipate surgeon's needs were praised, making her an invaluable asset to the surgical team and a role model for other nurses.

“It is no surprise that every surgeon wants her in their room,” her nomination read. Both Carter and Johnson were nominated for their awards by the collective NIHD surgical team.

These awards highlight the care and dedication of Northern Inyo Healthcare District's team and display their commitment to providing the highest quality of care to their patients.