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NVRH Nurses Receive Awards from Vermont State Nurses' Association
Courtesy PhotoCarol Hodges, left, and Deb Keon proudly display their awards.
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Carol Hodges, left, and Deb Keon proudly display their awards.

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital nurses recently garnered two state-wide awards from the Vermont State Nurses' Association (VSNA).

Carol Hodges, MSN, RN-BC, received the 2014 Clinical Educator of the Year, while Deborah Keon, BSN, RN, was awarded the 2014 Staff Nurse of the Year. Carol Hodges has been the Nurse Educator at NVRH for the past 13 years. Deb Keon has worked at the hospital for the past 9 years.

The VSNA has been the voice of Vermont's registered nurses since 1914. Through VSNA, registered nurses can be involved in the decisions that allow nurses to practice the profession of nursing: health care, practice, and workplace legislation; practice standards and ethics, and workplace issues including occupational health and safety.

Carol Hodges has been an LPN for 22 years, and an RN for 21 years. She has worked at NVRH for 18 years. She has been a member on the VSNA's Committee on education since 2001 and the Nurse Peer Review Leader for the past 6 years. She's is also an instructor at Vermont Technical College. Asked what she likes about being a nurse educator, "I enjoy the fact that I get to experience several areas of nursing education: academia, staff development, competency building as well as serving as a peer review leader for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) at the state and regional level. I enjoy learning from my students, nurses and colleagues. Most importantly, I like to feel that the work I do empowers nurses and improves patient outcomes." Christine Ryan, an officer with VSNA, calls Carol "a clinical nurse educator's role model."

Deborah Keon has worked in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at NVRH for the past 6 years. She has been an RN for 20 years, and recently earned her BSN degree. Nominated by two of her co-workers as well as the manager of her department, she was described by one nominator as "the nurse that so many want to be. She is dedicated to her patients, her profession and her community. She leads by example and motivates those around her with her remarkable qualities." Another co-worker described her bedside manner as "creating an environment that enhances the healing process while patients are comforted and feel safe in her care." She mentors new employees in the ICU, "demonstrating patience and understanding for those who often struggle in figuring out all the pieces of a new job."

Seleem Choudhury, MSN, MBA, RN, CEN, NVRH's Chief Nursing Officer, called the awards, "a big deal -- this helps to highlight the great work we do at NVRH. Nursing has been voted as the most trusted profession in America for 14 of the past 15 years. I'm extremely pleased for Carol and Deb for these very substantial recognitions."

To learn more about NVRH, visit To learn more about VSNA, visit

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