Emergency Nurse Receives Annual Nursing Honour

Emergency nurse Candace (Candy) Spencer-Walt has been awarded the celebrated 2017 OSMH Nurses Alumnae Nightingale Award.  The award was presented during a special event on May 10 at OSMH in celebration of National Nursing Week.

Spencer-Walt, a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH), was selected by her nursing peers for the award in recognition of her commitment to all patients.

“Coming into the Emergency Department can be extremely stressful for patients and families,” explained Kari Simpson-Adams, Chief Nursing Executive and Senior Program Director – Local Patient Programs at OSMH. “Having a nurse that is caring, trustworthy, knowledgeable and a great advocate, gives confidence and reduces the stressfulness of those situations. That is the most important part of our role as nurses; caring for people and being there to support them through life’s celebrations, joys, struggles and challenges.”

For Dr. Steven DePiero, it was Spencer-Walt’s ability to stay calm under pressure, superb interpersonal skills and her ability to communicate with staff and patients helping to achieve safe patient care that led him to nominate her.

“Some Emergency Room patients can be quite challenging or demanding –Candy treats them all with the same respect, humility and compassion.  She always works hard throughout her shift and I’ve found her to be repeatedly helpful even when the required assistance falls outside of her current domain,” said DePiero.

“I am very honoured to receive this award, however I believe that every doctor and every nurse I work with deserves this award as they all make a difference every day in the lives of their patients and the colleagues they work with” said Spencer-Walt.

Along with Spencer-Walt, six other nurses at OSMH were nominated for the award:

  • Amanda Sibbio-Salmon – Performance Excellence
  • Amy Brock – Soldiers’ 1
  • Sheila Kirkland – Obstetrics
  • Wendy Savage – Soldiers’ 2
  • Joanne Keown – Emergency

The OSMH Nurses Alumnae Nightingale Award recognizes a nurse at OSMH whose work has positively affected the lives of patients. It is named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale whose lasting contribution was her role in founding the modern nursing profession. Her legacy is one of compassion, commitment to patient care and thoughtful nursing leadership.

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