The March of Dimes recognized Gillette nurse Barbara Bor as its 2012 Distinguished Nurse of the Year. Bor was recognized at an Oct. 27 ceremony for her role as the infection prevention coordinator at Gillette.
Bor had no idea she would receive the top award. “I just thought it was lovely they invited me to the dinner,” she says.
By advocating for and launching simple hand hygiene solutions, such as collaborating with Facilities and Housekeeping to set a standard layout of hand hygiene products and lotion at sinks and placing waterless hand hygiene rubs in patient care areas, Bor has positively influenced infection prevention policies at Gillette.
How nominees educate others is a key factor in selecting the winners. “The job of a nurse is to be a resource every day,” Bor said. “Nurses challenge themselves to be better, and Gillette nurses stimulate each other to find the best care practices that help prevent infections associated with health care.”
March of Dimes celebrated Nurse of the Year winners in 15 categories. Patients, colleagues, friends and family nominated more than 300 nurses from across the state.
Additional Gillette winners included:
Leadership – Paula Forté
Mental Health – Leslie Larson
Pediatric – Sarah Conlin
Perioperative – Katherine Houle
Congratulations to our nurses!