After being nominated by her peers at Northside Hospital, Cynthia Newell won the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award for surgical services on Nov. 19.
“I never expected to win,” Cynthia said. “It’s just doing the work I do and being recognized for that was both a great experience and very humbling.”
Growing up, Cynthia remembers taking care of her mother, who was frequently ill.
Being in-and-out of the hospital and seeing how nurses cared for her mother inspired Cynthia to pursue a career in health care.
“My desire to work in surgical services came about while in nursing school,” she said. “During my senior practicum, I chose to observe the operating room. I was allowed to watch a coronary artery bypass procedure and fell in love with the operating room.”
Since then, her career has centered around surgical services, including roles in direct patient care, specialty surgical teams, education and leadership.
She joined Northside Hospital in November 2012 and now serves as clinical education program coordinator for the Surgical Services Quality and Education department.
“It is difficult to say what my favorite part of my job is, as there are many facets of surgical services I love,” Cynthia said. “If forced to pick just one, I would say working in a clinical practice environment offers nearly immediate validation of the work being accomplished at Northside Hospital.”
Congratulations on your recognition and thank you for all you do at Northside Hospital.