ALMH Nurse of the Year
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[May 22, 2007]
Rene Barr has been named Nurse of the Year at Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital. The annual announcement is part of ALMH's
National Nurses Week celebration.
Barr is a 20-year veteran of the surgery and medical-surgical units
As a surgical R.N., she begins her day prepping equipment for the
day's surgeries. During the actual procedure she cares for the
patient's needs and assists the surgeons. It is a fast-paced job,
and she is on her feet until the daily caseload is complete and
patients have been released to go home or to the medical-surgical
"Rene is a model of the dedicated employee who is always there to
serve her patients despite her own personal adversity," says
Director of Nursing Judy Bandy. "We are fortunate to have such
a positive individual on our team."
"Surgical nursing is challenging, mentally stimulating and
rewarding," Barr says. "It's great to see a former patient walking
at the grocery store after having their fractured hip fixed at ALMH."
She adds that because of her personal experience as a cancer
patient, she has greater awareness of the need for communication and
compassion with patients and their families.
She is a native of Lincoln and was even born at ALMH. As a
youngster she helped her grandmother sit with patients at ALMH.
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She graduated from Lincoln College, studied at Marymount
University in Kansas and then served four years in the Army Reserves
as a surgical technologist. Upon returning to Lincoln she worked her
way through nursing school on grant from ALMH, and received her R.N.
from St. John's School of Nursing.
"The small environment at ALMH allows us to give a little extra
attention to our patients and their families," she says. "Thanks to
hospital administration and a generous community, it seems we always
have what we need to provide exceptional patient care."
ALMH is a 25-bed community hospital serving the people of Logan
and eastern Mason counties.
[Text from file received
from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]