WCA names Patricia McKinney ‘Nurse of Distinction’

JAMESTOWN – WCA Hospital is pleased to announce that Patricia A. McKinney, RN, BSN, WCA Hospital senior staff nurse on 5D inpatient medical/surgical unit, was named the “2014 Nurse of Distinction” at a special breakfast held in celebration of National Nurses Week.

The distinguished tradition at WCA Hospital began in 1989 when Elaine Hoglin was selected the first “Nurse of Distinction.”

WCA Hospital awards the distinction to an outstanding Registered Nurse who exemplifies the mission and vision of WCA Hospital. The award is given to a nurse who displays outstanding achievement; is a role model; possesses professional standards and leadership skills; is an advocate for healthcare and the nursing profession; and is involved in his or her community. The honoree is nominated by his or her colleagues and selected by the Nurse of Distinction Committee comprised of recipients from previous years.

“Nurses are a vital part of our healthcare team,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital president/CEO. “During our National Nurses Week celebration at WCA, we pay homage to the commitment and dedication of our nursing profession and salute our staff for their continued passion and excellent care to our patients and the communities we serve.”

Lorraine B. Diggs, RN, MS, interim vice president of nursing at WCA Hospital, recognized Patty for her clinical knowledge and skills, leadership and development attributes, and expertise and compassion as a nurse.

“Patty embodies and exemplifies the ideals of the nursing profession,” said Diggs. “She provides excellent care to her patients and works tirelessly not only to improve the lives of our patients, but their families and caregivers as well. A nursing leader and mentor, Patty goes out of her way to accommodate the needs of others and is a wonderful example of the abilities and compassion that we witness and appreciate every day at WCA. We are pleased to recognize Patty and every person who contributes to the betterment of our patients for their teamwork, kindness, and devotion in keeping this region healthy.”

“I am humbled,” said McKinney, who began her career at WCA Hospital in May, 1978 when she accepted the position of licensed practical nurse. “I have been blessed to work with an immeasurable number of caring and professional people in my 36 years of nursing at WCA Hospital. I am proud to say that I am a nurse because of the wonderful people who have helped shape my career and the patients that I care so deeply about. Nursing has definitely made me the person I am today and I wouldn’t choose any other career path than this rewarding profession.”

A graduate of the nursing program at Jamestown Community College, McKinney was promoted to a graduate nurse position on June 1, 1992. After receiving an associate degree from JCC, McKinney continued her education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Daemen College and has served as an experienced and exceptionally skilled nurse on the 4D and 5D medical/surgical units of the hospital during her most of her tenure at WCA. She currently serves as the senior staff nurse on the 5D inpatient unit. Additionally, McKinney has participated in designing the Christmas parade float for WCA Hospital and has organized many raffles and fundraisers in support of breast cancer care and other health initiatives, locally.

Award finalists for the 2014 Nurse of Distinction were Jessica L. Cappa, RN 5D nursing unit, and Laura K. Josephson, clinical informatics manager.

Previous Nurse of Distinction recipients include Elaine Hoglin, Julie Anderson, Mary Sue Pawlak, Michelle Benson, Carol Nelson, Kathleen Cayer, Sue Crytzer, Toni DeAngelo, Ruth Yancey-Walton, Joann Nelson, Joyce Devine, Sandra Gilebarto, Ralph Hamby, Karen Beck, Wendy Beckerink, Charity Carris, Donna Bryant, Jennifer Zabalo, Mindy Moore, Erica Alekson, Michele Deuble, Diane Rickard and Debra Swanson.