Congratulations to Terri Wiedre, RNC, program nurse at Palomar Outpatient Behavioral Health in San Marcos. She was recently honored by Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) for being an exceptional nurse.
“I was moved to tears,” Wiedre said after the Nov. 6 presentation at the San Marcos office. “I am the luckiest nurse in the world. This is not just a job for me. It’s a calling.”
L’Tanya Gordon, one of Wiedre’s many patients, nominated her for the monthly “I Love a Nurse” recognition program, sponsored by PLNU and 98.1 Smooth FM Radio.
Gordon, in her nomination letter, said she was speaking for the dozens of patients in the program whose struggles with mental illness have been made easier with the loving care Wiedre provides to them.
“I have watched her deal with me and others, always giving us our dignity,” Gordon wrote. “She dispenses medicine, monitors medicine, counsels, holds hands and speaks to everyone.”
“Some have been homeless for a while and have poor hygiene and she helps with that,” Gordon wrote. “If someone combs their hair or wears cleaner clothes she makes a big deal out of it making the person feel like a star. I don’t know what I’d do without her.”
The “I Love a Nurse” program honors nurses that exemplify the best in their profession. Members of PLNU’s School of Nursing review nominations and select a monthly winner.
The selection committee sets high standards for the recognition. According to the program’s guidelines: “This person encompasses the desired care and connection to their patients that goes above and beyond just being a care provider but a care provider with an emotional investment with each and every patient.”
Wiedre was surprised by it all. She arrived to a staff gathering, thinking she was going to be participating in a staff photo. Instead she was met with cheers from her colleagues. “I had no idea,” she said.
Gordon read her entry and Wiedre was presented with a gift basket and a certificate by Sara Jaramillo of PLNU. “Patient care is our biggest focus,” Jaramillo said.
Wiedre said her approach to caring for her patients is based on trust. “If I say I’m going to do something for them, I do it,” she said.