Alfreddia Newell of Taylorsville was recently named Nurse of the Year at Ellisville State School. The announcement was made at the annual nurses appreciation reception held during National Nurses Week, which is observed each year May 6-12.
Newell, a licensed practical nurse, has been in the nursing profession for thirty-four years, having spent more than thirty of those years at Ellisville State School. Newell’s supervisor stated that she "demonstrates the essence of nursing through her actions and her words with style and grace." Newell was also described as exhibiting compassion, patience, concern, integrity and dedication to the individuals she serves.
When asked what she liked best about her job, Newell replied, "The most important thing is the clients. I enjoy working with them and doing whatever it takes to get the job accomplished."
She stated that what makes her job memorable are "the joy and the expressions on the clients’ faces when you’re caring for them."
Her advice to newcomers to the nursing profession is to "always, foremost, show compassion." She elaborated, "Be loving, caring, always humble in what you’re doing or accomplishing, and always look out for the welfare of the client."
Looking toward the future, Newell said she hopes to retire someday, but not anytime soon.
Five other employees were also honored for being outstanding nurses in their departments. Honored were Larry Buckley, LPN, Heidelberg; Emily Sutton, LPN, Petal; Brett Eidson, RN, Soso; Rochelle Williams, LPN, Laurel; and Kortany Jones, LPN, Hattiesburg.