Kelly McMinn-Blue, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Ellisville State School, was recently chosen Nurse of the Year. The announcement was made at the annual Ellisville State School Nurses Appreciation Reception held on May 11.
McMinn-Blue, who began her career in nursing 28 years ago, has been an ESS employee for 18 years. An Ellisville native, who now resides in Wayne County, McMinn-Blue said she is following in the footsteps of her mother.
“My mother was also a nurse and she worked here at Ellisville State School,” she said. “In fact it was my momma who made me go to nursing school. She wanted to make sure that I could take care of myself and not depend on anyone else.”
McMinn-Blue’s mother advised her that with a nursing degree she would always be able to find a job. “Momma was right,” she said. During her career McMinn-Blue’s nursing duties have ranged from post-operation to internal medicine and everything in between.
(Pictured from L to R) Ellisville State School Director Rinsey McSwain and Nurse Chief Carol Dykes stand with Nurse of the Year winner Kelly McMinn-Blue, LPN, along with honorees Brenda Chambers, RN, and Charles Draughn, LPN. Not pictured are Anne Covington, LPN and Lesia Reed, LPN.
“I enjoy what I do,” she said. “I am honored to receive this recognition from Ellisville State School. I am blessed to serve the people here.”
ESS Nurse Chief Carol Dykes commended McMinn-Blue for her work ethic and dedicated service. “She takes pride in making sure she provides the people with the best possible nursing care,” said Dykes. “She sometimes works over and on off days to make sure adequate service is provided.”
In addition to McMinn-Blue, Dykes recognized nurses who received certificates of appreciation for outstanding service in their respective units. The honorees were Anne Covington, LPN, Ellisville; Brenda Chambers, RN, Laurel; Lesia Reed, LPN, Laurel; and Charles Draughn, LPN, Hattiesburg.
The nurses were honored in recognition of National Nurses Week which begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. National Nurses Week was first observed in 1954.