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No one gave Jodie Franzen the 2013 Betty Apple Excellence in Nursing Prize at the Duncan Regional Hospital Foundation’s annual gala last week.
She earned it.
Her career has been unique, her commitment to her profession noble and the quality of her care nothing short of exceptional.
An earlier decision to become a physician changed when, as a volunteer in a neonatal unit, she saw first hand the role and responsibility of a nurse, recognized its importance ad earned both a bachelors and masters degree in nursing.
She has been a leader in her field since and, as an advanced practice nurse, has been identified by her peers as a “go to” nurse at Duncan Regional.
Franzen has worked in labor and delivery, newborn nursery, ambulatory surgery and medical surgical nursing, earning certification and respect in all areas.
A devoted Quest for Quality proponent, she has been actively involved in the Stroke Awareness Campaign and maintains standards so DRH can be recognized as a Stroke Center of Excellence.
She has been a lead bedside nurse in rolling out the computer system for documentation in medical records and she has been a major supporter for the use of the bedside medication verification system for nurses.
And she, simply, excels in all that she attempts.
Jodie Franzen is a class act. Adding her name to the likes of former Apple Award winners Reggie Pennypacker, Debbie Ramsey, Dayna Trusty, JoJeanna Sanders, Carmen Phillippi, Edith Phillips and Vickie Stepp is an honor well deserved.