Four EOVAHCS Nurses Named Great 100 Nurses - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System

 

Four EOVAHCS Nurses Named Great 100 Nurses

Four VA employees

(Left to right) Keith Fields, RN, Deborah Baker, APRN, Brittni Kline, RN, and Joyce Sparks, RN

By Nathan Schaeffer
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Great 100 Nurses Foundation has selected four VA nurses at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center as Great 100 Nurses for Oklahoma.

Deborah Baker, APRN, Keith Fields, RN, Joyce Sparks, RN, and Brittni Kline, RN, will be recognized on Sept. 20 at a recognition ceremony and dinner at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa.

The Great 100 Nurses Foundation was founded in New Orleans 30 years ago and honors thousands of Registered Nurses across Louisiana, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. The foundation raises the awareness of the contributions of nurses to patient care, research, leadership, education and community service.

“We’re very proud to have four nurses recognized as Great 100 Nurses in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Bonnie Pierce, Associate Director for Patient Care Services. “They are doing great things for our Veterans. We’re glad that people are recognizing our nurses for what they do and hope that more will be recognized in the future.”

Deborah Baker, a Nurse Practitioner for the Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Unit, said it is an honor to be recognized by the Great 100 Nurses Foundation.

“Words cannot express the honor it is to be recognized as a Great 100 Nurse,” said Baker, who has served Veterans as a VA nurse since 2008. “I want to be the best that I can be for our Veterans and provide them with the best care available. When you see a patient who has suffered a stroke, who can’t walk or talk, and they walk out of the hospital talking, it brings tears of joy to me.”

Keith Fields, a Registered Nurse and Clinical Transfer Coordinator, also said it was an honor to be recognized by the Great 100 Nurses Foundation.

“I am both shocked and honored to have been recognized,” said Fields, who has served Veterans as a VA nurse since 2011. “I can only say that I was blessed by God with my talent and am only as good as He allows me to be as His instrument in the nursing profession. Providing nursing care to Veterans who served and protected us is especially fulfilling and humbles me to think I’m giving them a fraction of what many of them sacrificed.”

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