Morgan Swearingin

Jodi Myers

Jessica Thibault

Andrea Briggs

Four North Kansas City Hospital nurses were honored at the eighth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. This recognition honors nurses from 22 disciplines who go beyond the call of duty, according to a hospital press release.

This year’s winners included Andrea Briggs, Jodi Myers, Morgan Swearingin and Jessica Thibault.

“This year’s winners reflect our commitment to providing outstanding patient care and outcomes,” said Sarah Oakley, vice president and chief nursing officer. “They always put patient needs first and are an inspiration to everyone at NKCH.”

March of Dimes Nurse of the Year candidates are nominated by peers, supervisors, patients and visitors in recognition of extraordinary patient care. NKCH nurses accounted for 66 of the more than 800 Kansas City-area nominations. A selection committee chooses the winners each year.

In the nomination forms, Briggs, who received her honors in the category of hospice, home health and palliative care, had this written about her: “Andrea is a great example as she demonstrates exemplary service to the patients, punctual documentation and great organizational and computer skills. She is a tremendous asset to our department.”

In the surgical services category, Jodi Myers received this comment: “Jodi helped create our block program six years ago. She continues to expand and improve on the program. She advocates for her patients’ safety and education.”

Morgan Swearingin received her honors in the critical care category. In one of the nomination letters, it stated, “Morgan goes above and beyond daily. She receives many WOW cards and is the recent recipient of a DAISY Award, where a family recognized her compassionate care. She is active in the hospital’s culture and serves on many committees.”

In the long-term acute/rehab/geriatrics category, Jessica Thibault received the honor. In one of the letters, a nominator wrote, “Jessica is one of the best nurses I know. She is an excellent resource to her coworkers and patients. She is a leader and is always knowledgeable.”