Nurses Honoured at Windsor's Two Hospitals

Five nurses at Windsor Regional Hospital and Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare have been recognized for extraordinary care.

In a ceremony Monday morning, they received the Jeanne Mance Award to recognize a nurse who goes above and beyond and provides compassionate and professional care to patients.

It helped to mark National Nurses week, May 6-10th.

An emotional Loretta Monforton is a registered practical nurse at the Ouellette Campus and says compassion is her passion.

"I come into work and I leave it all behind and make sure I make their day," she says. "I try to make them smile at least once or twice a day. I give them the extra time that is needed because they deserve it and I treat them like human beings."

She admits it is a stressful job, but nurses tend to work as a team for the betterment of the patient.

Jason Irvine is a RN at the Met Campus Emergency Dept. and has been a nurse for almost 25 years.

For him, he says nursing is 80% about a positive attitude.

He tries to always go into work with a good attitude, but acknowledges, sometimes it can be tough.

"Having a pediatric death in the department, that takes a toll on everybody and the hardest thing about that is carrying on with the rest of your shift, because you still got to do your 12 hours and still have to see the next person with a smile on your face," he says.

Irvine says he always tries to go into work with a smile on his face and tries to be a reassuring nurse.

Also receiving the Jeanne Mance Award are Sheila Saltarelli, Samantha Green and Jasmin Vukosavljevic.