Rock nurses! East Texas nurses honored for their impact on society |

National Nurses Week begins every year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent appointments enhance planning and establish National Nurses Week as an enduring appreciation event. As of 1998, May 8 has been designated as National Student Nursing Day, to be celebrated annually. As of 2003, National School Nurses Day is celebrated on a Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year.

From the US Presidency Project, Proclamation 4913 – National Nurses Recognition Day, 1982: “Scientific advances in recent years have greatly expanded the role of nurses in our health care system, and their knowledge and skills have increased to keep pace with new technologies and methods of treatment.

“However, the essence of nursing – caring for patients at the bedside – remains unchanged. Nurses bring special sympathy and concern to the patient and his family.

Nurses play a vital role in educating people on how to avoid disease and promote good health.

“Nurses are essential everywhere in healthcare – in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care centers, and patients’ homes.”

The following nurses were submitted for recognition by family and friends:

Veronica Janet Simmons

Simmons works with the UT Health ICU cardiac ward. She has been described as “very well acquainted and well versed with patients”.

Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton works as an emergency room nurse at Christos Good Shepherd Emergency Room Center in Kilgore, usually on the night shift.

“Emergency nurse Stephen Hamilton is not only a quiet, helpful, talented and dedicated physician. He also leads the worship of live music on Sundays at my church: Grace Fellowship, here in Kilgore. Stephen plays guitar, directs and leads the musical fellowship aspects of our vibrant Sunday morning service. Stephen began As a pharmacy tech from 1993-1997. He married his wonderful wife Anna in August of 1997. Both Stephen and Anna were deeply involved in church service, and Stephen is simultaneously an ordained chaplain and a licensed registered nurse.

Denise was born on the 4th of July 1977, and Stephen’s mother says he was always the ‘fireworks maker! Stephen combined his love of music with his deep faith, genuine concern for and care for his fellow human being, which led him to become a critical care professional who monitors our communities’ emergency room at night and brings faith to the soul by leading the music worship team every Sunday at Grace Fellowship. Stephen is also Loving husband and father.

“Stephen Hamilton was a pastor in his own right; a mentor to many. He truly is a healer of body and soul. Stephen always has a smile on his face and is the first to reach out for friendship or help. Our community is blessed to have Emergency Nurse Stephen Hamilton as one of us!”

Amber Marie Hart

“Our daughter, Amber Marie Hart, is a 2012 graduate of the East Texas Baptist University Nursing Program, and in our minds she’s rocking. For any parent, it’s very comforting to receive compliments for your child, but with Amber, we often hear these accolades from patients who have had the opportunity To receive her in surgery on the same day at Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall.A recurring theme of all that approach us, your daughter was so wonderful during the surgery and made the difficult times of my life so much easier.In each case, Amber made all patients feel like in one word Nursing is a very challenging field, and it takes an extraordinary person to work long hours and put others ahead of them. We are very fortunate to have a daughter who has chosen a career field where she makes the lives of others better.”

Mackenzie Hayes

Mackenzie Hayes works at Longview Regional and has worked two campaigns during the battle with COVID. She was worried about her patients’ lives, her life, and her unborn children, but she stayed up to help because that’s what she committed to when she decided to become a registered nurse. She struggled with having to get a COVID shot while pregnant, but she did so to protect herself and her unborn baby. The struggles that nurses face today are very tough, with patients’ families stressed because their visits are limited with their families and not knowing how their family members are doing, but McKenzie has remained a professional through the daily struggles of being a nurse during this day and time, rocking being a nurse and being the best mother to her daughters. Mackenzie Hayes Rocks! “

Shana Wood McCann

Shanna Wood McCann has been a Registered Nurse (RN) for nearly 30 years. She initially graduated in 1992 from Kilgore College with an Associate of Nursing (ADN) degree. About a year later, she decided she wanted to pursue a BA in Nursing ( BSN) and went back to school one night a week while also working full time until she finished her degree.Shana has experience working in Surgical/Medical Intensive Care Unit, Neurological Intensive Care Unit, Catheter Lab, Day Surgery Unit and currently works in the Emergency Room as a Nurse Responsible for the daily shift at Christus Good Shepherd in Marshall.What makes Shana Rock a nurse is that she truly loves what she does and the patients she takes care of.She connects with every patient she takes care of on a deep level, and her patients can feel that.Also, as a responsible nurse, her fellow nurses and allied staff with whom she works respectfully and knows she is willing to share to help when necessary.Many of the people she has worked with over the past 30 years have become lifelong friends and “informal” family members.For Shana, it does not stop being a nurse when you leave the hospital; She is known to take care of many family members and friends any time she needs it. She even took care of her mother while she was undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy, all while working full time at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. For all the reasons above, her entire family (Abby, Brad, Jacob, Katie, Laurie, Andy, Parker, Robbie and Gilly) is so proud to give this confession to Shana so that everyone else can understand how much she rocks! “

Shawn Phillips

“Shawn is a nurse in the emergency room at Christus Good Shepherd Marshall. He is kind and compassionate, especially with children and the elderly. Patients coming to the emergency room are often very stressed. When appropriate, Sean uses humor to calm them and attend to their needs.”

Becca Barton

Barton works in the office of Dr. Kenny Hall. Described as “a tireless Christian woman who always makes her patients feel good and comfortable!”

Ashley Morris

“Ashley oversees many correctional facilities in the East Texas area. She serves her incarcerated patients with the care and compassion they deserve. She works with Southern Health Partners. Prisons include Panola County, Harrison County, Lamar County, Anderson County, and Robertson County.”

Melissa Walters

“Miss. Walters is compassionate, understanding, thorough, wonderful and reasonable. She truly rocks while making UT Health East Texas a desirable place for medical care and treatment! UT Health is fortunate to practice Ms. Walters and provide exemplary care at the Extended Hours Clinic at 702 Davis Street. You’re missing out on whether Melissa was not your primary care provider.”

Talova Traylor

“My name is Talova Traylor. I reside in Carthage. I have four wonderful daughters, a handsome 6 month old grandson and a wonderful wonderful man in my life. I have been in the medical field for over 15 years. I have learned a lot about nursing, but dealing with wounds is my favourite.” I have.I am a certified LVN wound care nurse here at Briarcliff Skilled Nursing Center and go above and beyond to help people.I love being a clinical trainer for CNAs and also work as a medical trainer.I love being able to engage with residents,and listen to the things they have gone through With it. I love what I do!”

Lara Miller

“She goes above and beyond every day not only as an honorary nurse, but also as a nurse. She believes that all of her patients feel that they are not just a patient but a person! She has a big heart that won’t stop until the job is done! We at UT Health Carthage RHC Clinics would like everyone to know Who is our hero every day!”

Amanda Dyson

“ISD in Carthage is pleased to have Amanda Deason, a registered nurse, as the leader of their health team. She understands and promotes the health, wellness and safety of all CISD faculty, staff, and students. Her goal is to enhance the educational process by raising awareness of the healthy living that will be treated at The ultimate issue of absenteeism. It’s the definition of a rock nurse!”

Heartsway nursing staff

An aged care nurse looks after those who are nearing the end of their lives. They are skilled and dedicated to upholding the dignity of the dead with a compassionate and honest heart. A hospice nurse supports the anticipating grief of people surrounding loved ones. Thank you to the HeartsWay Hospice/Carthage Nursing Team for providing this needed care and assistance: Amy Clinton, RN-PCC, Angela Hurst, LVN, Shelby Anderson, RN, Kaitlin Drake, RN.”

Stegal Box

Stegall works at Texas Home Health. “Her knowledge, personality and laughter are simply the best!”

Tria Givens

Givens works at the Barrycliffe Skilled Nursing Facility in Carthage. “She is very comprehensive, genuinely cares about her patients and is extremely patient. She is definitely one of the best nurses I have ever worked with.”

Shelbya is coming

Comer works at UT Health Carthage. “Shilbia goes above and beyond for the sake of her community, her employees and her co-workers.”

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