Co-nurses of the year selected

| January 8, 2016
Honor: Jackie Mason and Raine Hammond were honored as nurses of the year during a special ceremony held Jan. 7 at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital. This is the first time two nurses have shared the award. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

Honor: Jackie Mason and Raine Hammond were honored as nurses of the year during a special ceremony held Jan. 7 at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital. This is the first time two nurses have shared the award. Beacon photo by Josie Sellers

COSHOCTON – When their votes kept coming back in a tie, registered nurses at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital decided to honor not one, but two of their co-workers.

Raine Hammond and Jackie Mason are the first from the hospital to share the honor of nurse of the year. Their dedication to their profession was celebrated during a special ceremony held Jan. 7 at the hospital.

“I know them both well and admire them as nurses and friends,” said Tammy Dovenbarger, who also is a nurse at the hospital. “They are great people.”

She nominated Mason for nurse of the year and had the pleasure of reading what she wrote about her and explaining that her dedication goes beyond her nursing profession.

“She instills confidence, peace and hope in her patients,” Dovenbarger said.

Mason has been at the hospital for 40 years and has been a registered nurse for 25 of those years.

“I’m very honored by this award,” Mason said. “I’m the type of person though who likes to be in the background and cheer everybody else on.”

She is currently the oncology head nurse.

“I like helping patients, talking to them and seeing results,” Mason said. “In oncology they aren’t always what you want, but you can still help them (patients) through this stage of their lives.”

Hammond’s nomination was read by Kristi Williamson, director of acute care services.

“I wasn’t the one who nominated her, but she has worked for me and is a candidate I would have selected,” Williamson said.

Hammond’s nominator described her as patient, a wonderful teacher and someone with a heart of gold.

“This is great and it’s nice to see everyone who turned out from family to the other nurses,” Hammond said.

She has been at the hospital for 24 years with 23 of them being as a registered nurse and is the head nurse in ICU.

“I like the bedside part of nursing, caring for, listening to and helping the patients,” Hammond said.

Both Mason and Hammond received checks from the Coshocton Registered Nurses Association and the hospital and enjoyed refreshments with family, friends and co-workers.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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