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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Record number of Franciscan St. Francis Health nurses nominated for 2013 Salute to Nurses

Staff nurse at Indianapolis geriatric unit receives CARE Award

INDIANAPOLIS –  Franciscan St. Francis Health sent a record number of nurses to the 2013 Indianapolis’ Star Salute to Nurse Luncheon at a recent ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Franciscan St. Francis was recognized for having the most nomination letters submitted honoring 134 nurses who provided selfless service and tireless dedication to their patients and the community.

Jill Ricke, RN, was among five nurses presented with CARE (Compassionate About Reaching Excellence) awards. She was nominated by hospital nursing leadership. Ricke, who is a staff nurse on the geriatric unit at the Indianapolis campus, has worked for the hospital for six years. She also serves on the Clinical Practice Council and is a clinical instructor for University of Indianapolis.

This year wasn’t the first time Franciscan St. Francis was in the limelight for the Salute to Nurses program. In 2010, Mooresville Emergency Department Manager Nathan Lowder, RN, was named Nurse of the Year and also was the recipient of the Community Outreach Award. 

Cheryl Howard, RN, a long-time nurse and clinical educator at Franciscan St. Francis-Mooresville, was the recipient of the 2012 Salute to Nurses Community Outreach Award.

Franciscan St. Francis employs more than 1,400 nurses – more than 320 certified in clinical specialties – at its hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel.