Laurel resident Tameka Stallworth was recently named Ellisville State School’s 2014 Nurse of the Year. Stallworth, who has served at Ellisville State School (ESS) since 2007, currently works as a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
Carol Dykes, nurse chief at Ellisville State School announced Stallworth as the winner of the award during the Nurses Appreciation Reception held during National Nurses Week, which is celebrated annually May 6-12.
“I am proud to announce this year’s Nurse of the Year,” Dykes told those gathered for the celebration. “Her attitude and dedication are something we should all strive for as employees of Ellisville State School.”
Dykes added that Stallworth completes her responsibilities with proficiency and accepts each responsibility without objection. Dykes went on to say that since becoming an LPN, Stallworth has exhibited compassion, patience and concern. She is dedicated to the people she serves, as well as her co-workers.
Stallworth started her career at ESS as a direct support employee. She entered the nursing program in March 2008 to study to become an LPN. Stallworth reached her goal in September 2009.
Photo Caption: Nurse of the Year recipient Tameka Stallworth (far right) stands with (l to r) Carol Dykes, ESS Nurse Chief; Carrie Jones, LPN; Renée Brett, Director of ESS; and Pam Cook, RN.
Stallworth said she has enjoyed every minute of her job at ESS. She gets the most joy and satisfaction when meeting the medical needs of those she serves. “I like to spoil them,” she said with a smile. “I get to know them personally and I know their needs. I also know their likes and dislikes.”
Nursing is something Stallworth enjoys and she always tries to do her best. She never dreamed that doing what she enjoys most would land her a Nurse of the Year award. “It’s not a job when you enjoy what you do,” said Stallworth. “This award did come as quite a surprise. I am really humbled by it all.”
Dykes commended Stallworth and the ESS nursing staff as a whole for their hard work and dedication. “Nursing may not be for everyone,” she said. “It takes a strong, compassionate person to take on the role of a nurse.
“A nurse takes on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and works to maintain the health and well-being of those they serve. When you are a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.”
ESS Director Renée Brett described nurses as a special group of people. She thanked the nurses for their service, compassion, and hard work.
“I thank you for the care you provide for the people we serve,” said Brett. “We truly appreciate all of you.”
In addition to Stallworth, Dykes recognized nurses who received certificates of appreciation for outstanding service in their respective units. The honorees were James Moore, LPN, Laurel; Pam Cook, RN, Laurel; Carrie Jones, LPN, Waynesboro; Linda McCraw, LPN, Ellisville; and Frances Hodge, RN, Taylorsville.