A Papillion resident who works in Bellevue was recognized last month as one of the state’s top nurses.
Out of 140 nominees, Vickie Worden was named one of the top 26 nurses in Nebraska.
Worden, assistant director of nursing for Hillcrest Health & Rehab in Bellevue, was presented with an Excellence in Nursing award by the Nebraska March of Dimes on Nov. 7.
Worden, who has been a nurse for 25 years, has worked locally and nationally to improve patient transfers and reduce re-hospitalization rates in order to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.
She recently implemented “quick reference” care paths to guide nurses in providing more efficient care.
Hillcrest Health & Rehab Administrator Kevin Sauberzweig nominated Worden.
According to the March of Dimes, her nomination was among the highest-scored nominations.
Scores of all nominees were based on current memberships and certifications, community and volunteer service, professional achievements and the nominee’s contribution to the profession of nursing.
“This designation is well-deserved for Vickie and we are so proud that her hard work and dedication to quality care and serving aging adults is being recognized,” Sauberzweig said in a press release.
“Vickie has blazed a trail as a leader, mentor, educator, clinician and compassionate caregiver. We are so proud of her accomplishments.”
This is Worden’s third award in as many years.
In 2011, Worden was named Nurse of the Year by the Nebraska Health Care Association.
In 2012, she received Hillcrest Health Services’ President’s Award, which recognizes excellence by a team member who strives to meet the company’s goals of respect and quality care.
Worden held nursing positions at long-term care communities prior to joining Hillcrest Health & Rehab in 2006.
Hillcrest Health & Rehab is a post-acute center dedicated to short-term rehabilitation following surgery, illness or injury.