Karen Henry, the regional nurse/clinical services director for Elmbrook Management Company, was the statewide winner in the long term/acute care category in the first March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards program.


Karen Henry, the regional nurse/clinical services director for Elmbrook Management Company, was the statewide winner in the long term/acute care category in the first March of Dimes Nurse of the Year awards program.

 

Henry was recognized during the Nurse of the Year Awards Gala at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City earlier this month. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Tulsa in 1997 and is both an LPN and RN. She previously worked as an emergency room nurse at Mercy Memorial Health Center and served as director of nursing at the Healdton Nursing Center.

 

“I was really shocked when my name was announced,” she said. “It was a great honor just to be nominated.”

 

Lisa Burton, who is a nurse and case manager at Mercy Memorial Health Center, was a finalist in the case management category.

 

“Nurses hold a unique position in our health system,” Linda Fanning, chief nursing officer for Mercy Health Center and gala chair, said during the awards event. “We come to pay tribute to not only the specific accomplishments these men and women have made, but to also recognize the daily contributions these talented nursing professionals have made in the lives of countless Oklahomans.”

 

Fanning compared the nursing profession to the March of Dimes’s mission.

 

“Just as nurses work tirelessly to improve our lives, the March of Dimes works tirelessly to see the day when all babies are born healthy,” she said.

 

More than 300 nurses were nominated for recognition. Of those, just 14 nurses were selected as state award winners.

 

“It’s a rewarding career most days,” Henry said. “When you make a difference, those are the best days of all.”