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Tyrone Hospital leaders announce recipient of ‘Spirit of Nursing Award’

Pictured is Louise Mock, RN, recipient of Tyrone Hospital’s “Spirit of Nursing Award” for 2008 with Tyrone Hospital leaders. From left: Walter Van Dyke, CEO; Linda Schirmacher, RN, Manager of the Medical Surgical Unit; Louise Mock, RN, “Spirit of Nursing Award” Recipient; Linda Wertz, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Peggy Stewart, RN, Manager of the Intensive Care Unit. Mock was selected for the Spirit of Nursing Award by her peers for demonstrating outstanding performance in nursing.

Tyrone Hospital officials announced that Louise Mock, RN, is the recipient of Tyrone Hospital’s “Spirit of Nursing Award” for 2008.
The announcement was made at a celebration held for hospital employees in recognition of National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week May 11-17.
The hospital’s nursing department instituted the award in 2006 and grants the award on an annual basis to a nurse that demonstrates outstanding performance. “The Spirit of Nursing Award” recipient receives a trophy.
Mock, a resident of Tyrone, has been employed at Tyrone Hospital for 26 years. She graduated from the Altoona Hospital School of Nursing Diploma Program in 1982. In August of 1982 she joined the Tyrone Hospital nursing staff. Mock has worked in a variety of nursing units during her career at Tyrone including obstetrics, medical/surgical, intensive care, short procedures, recovery room, emergency room, and the Keystone Headache and Pain Management Center.
Mock presently serves on the hospital’s Patient Safety Committee. She has also served as a preceptor on many occasions for new nurses that have joined Tyrone Hospital. As a seasoned nursing professional, she also functions as a general resource for newer nurses at the hospital.
Mock is also generous with her time in the community. She is very active in the Special Olympics and gives much of her time and talents to that organization. In the recent past, she was named “Volunteer of the Year” by the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania in recognition of her dedication, leadership, and many hours of volunteer service.
“My greatest reward is seeing my patients get better and seeing their smiles,” said Mock.
Linda Wertz, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, said the “Spirit of Nursing Award” is special because the recipient is selected by their peers.
“Members of the nursing staff submit the names of fellow nurses that they think should be honored with the award. It is through this process that the nursing staff selects one nurse to honor,” said Wertz.
Nurses may qualify for the award if they provide direct patient care, have a compressive knowledge about the art of nursing, demonstrate a commitment to giving excellent nursing care, serve as an advocate to patients and families, and serve as a role model for other nursing staff.
“We receive a lot of positive feedback about the nursing care provided at Tyrone Hospital,” said Wertz. “It is a pleasure to honor Ms. Mock who is a shining example of the personalized care that our nurses provide.”