With nearly 400 nurses nominated, there remain 183 finalists for 2012 Oregon Nurse of the Year--seven of them live in the North Coast area. For the second year, this award will honor outstanding Oregon nurses for their constant care and compassion toward patients. Sixteen nurses will be awarded Nurse of the Year; one in each of 16 categories.

The finalists are from every corner of the Oregon. The seven North Coast finalists are:
*  Cindy Johnson, Hospice, Home Health, Long Term, Rehab & Palliative Care, Lower Columbia Hospice/Columbia memorial Hospital, Astoria
*  Elizabeth Kinney, Rising Star, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Astoria
*  Jennifer Quigley, Nurse Leader, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Astoria
*  Katrina Gale, Charge Nurse, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Clatskanie
*  Joe DaFoe, Nurse Leader, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Long Beach
*  Debbie Kennedy, Small Hospital, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Warrenton
*  Laura Parvi, Charge Nurse, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Warrenton

A hundred of the finalists are from the greater Portland area, 19 from the Bend area, 18 from The Gorge area, 12 from the Salem area, 11 from Lane County, seven from Washington, three from Eastern Oregon and two from the Medford area.

Award winners will be announced at the Nurse of the Year Breakfast on November 2, 2012, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Towers.  Joanne Warner, Dean of the School of Nursing at University of Portland, will be the Keynote speaker and the awards are emceed by Amy Troy from KOIN Local 6.

Awards will be given in the following 16 categories:

*  Advanced Practice
*  Charge Nurse
*  Community Health
*  Critical Care
*  Distinguished Nurse of the Year
*  Emergency
*  General Medical & Surgical Services
*  Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care
*  Mental Health
*  Nurse Educator
*  Nurse Leader
*  Pediatrics
*  Rising Star
*  Small Hospital
*  Student Nurse
*  Women's Health

Presented by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), the March of Dimes Oregon Nurse of the Year is also sponsored by Cambia Health Foundation, Columbia Memorial Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Providence Health & Services, PeaceHealth, St. Charles Medical Center, Tuality Healthcare, Adventist Health, ODS and Samaritan Health.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find out what is going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.

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