Country Terrace RN Pat Wysman receives prestigious Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award

RN Pat Wysman (middle) is pictured here with OMNI director of western operations Aimee Merkley (left) and Country Terrace administrator Karen Dann (right) receiving the Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award at a recent ceremony.

‘Pat is very dedicated to the residents at Country Terrace and strongly advocates for each one to live a life of dignity and quality’

Country Terrace registered nurse Pat Wysman is the recipient of OMNI Health Care’s 2018 Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award.

The award is given out annually to a nurse working in an OMNI long-term care home who demonstrates excellence in nursing and exhibits kindness and caring in everything he or she does.

In nominating Pat for the award, Pat’s colleagues at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home say she is a “well-respected, dynamic leader in the nursing department” who exhibits the award’s criteria every day.

“Pat is a skilled nurse with excellent assessment skills combined with the ability to critically analyze facts and provide timely updates to the physician and clear direction to the staff,” her colleagues say in their nomination. “Pat is very dedicated to the residents at Country Terrace and strongly advocates for each one to live a life of dignity and quality.”

Pat, who has worked at Country Terrace since 2011, also displays passion for her work in non-clinical ways. Her colleagues note that she can often be found sitting with residents and engaging them in conversation, sharing a laugh, or comforting someone.

Pat also demonstrates expertise when working with people who have cognitive impairment, her colleagues write.

“She shows the utmost patience with (residents who have) cognitive decline and responsive behaviours and has come up with many creative ideas to help support those residents. Pat shows great responsibility in managing the home and ensures all documentation is completed in a timely fashion and that all pertinent information is communicated to the nursing staff and families.”

Pat also spends a good deal of time on the floor helping personal support workers provide direct care to residents, assisting her co-workers with tasks and relieving staff so they are able to take their breaks, her colleagues write. She also works well under pressure, they say.

“Pat truly is an example of what a nurse should be. She is compassionate, caring, responsible, dedicated and patient, (and her) first responsibility and priority is always her residents.”

The Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award is named in honour of Elisabeth Hinton, a former director of care at Garden Terrace.

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