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Published on November 07, 2014

Nurse of the Year 2014

Congratulations to Jean Sword, RN, Sue Scott, RN, PhD, and Lori Lampe, RN (above, from left). These three MU Health Care nurses were named 2014 March of Dimes Nurses of the Year. They are three of 20 nurses statewide who received the award at a gala Oct. 25 in St. Louis.

Three MU Health Care Nurses Named 'Nurses Of The Year' By March Of Dimes

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Three nurses in pediatrics, surgery and quality improvement at University of Missouri Health Care were recently named March of Dimes 2014 Nurses of the Year.

Lori Lampe, R.N., a pediatric nurse and lactation consultant at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, won the 2014 Pediatric Nurse of the Year award. Susan Scott, R.N., manager of patient safety and risk management, won the 2014 Infection Control and Quality Risk Management Nurse of the Year award. Jean Sword, R.N., a staff nurse in the operating room at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, won the 2014 Surgical Services Nurse of the Year award. Lampe, Sword and Scott were three of 20 nurses statewide to receive the award at the ceremony held Saturday, Oct. 25, in St. Louis.

“Our nurses deliver an exceptional level of patient-centered care and compassion,” said Deb Pasch, executive director of University Hospital and chief nurse executive for MU Health Care. “These three nurses deserve to be recognized for the leadership, contributions and support they have given to patients, visitors and co-workers at MU Health Care.”

Lampe, who has 20 years of experience as a board-certified lactation consultant, has worked for MU Health Care for 27 years and is the full-time lactation consultant in the Breastfeeding Outpatient Clinic.

“I love seeing the relationship between mother and baby,” said Lampe. “Being a part of women’s lives during this important time is so precious to me. It’s an honor to be recognized for doing something I love.”

Scott has served in many roles during her 31 years as a nurse with MU Health Care, including in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the NICU transport team and the quality improvement department. She currently serves as manager of patient safety and risk management as well as the coordinator of the forYOU team. The forYOU team is a peer support program to help health care workers who suffer physically or emotionally following a negative outcome in a medical setting.

“Nursing offers so many opportunities, and I have never regretted my career choice,” said Scott. “I have completely enjoyed my career as a nurse and hope that my current research will help others to succeed in their professional roles.”

Scott has done much of her research on emotional support of health care clinicians and written numerous peer-reviewed papers on the topic.

Sword, an operating room nurse for 30 years — including eight at MU Health Care, is the nurse liaison for surgical services at Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She works to keep families informed and updated on the surgical process.

“It can be a very stressful time for our patients and families,” said Sword. “I do my best to try to keep them informed.”

Sword is always working with patients’ and families’ safety and well-being in mind. She is currently working on an evidence-based project to discontinue the use of latex in the operating rooms at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, as a way to protect anyone who may have a latex allergy.

According to the March of Dimes, the Missouri chapter received a record number of nominations this year. More than 585 nurses were up for the honor, representing more than 70 health care facilities.

A selection committee of health care professionals reviewed the nominations and determined the 20 winners.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The Nurse of the Year initiative supports this mission while recognizing exceptional nurses throughout the state and celebrating the profession.