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Yorktown Resident Named Nurse of the Year

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Yorktown resident Melanie Whitten is the Texas Health Care Association’s Nurse of the Year for Region 10. Whitten is a Licensed Vocational Nurse at Yorktown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Melanie’s dedication to improving herself and the lives of others is inspiring, and we are honored to recognize her example with this award,” said Kevin Warren, president and CEO of the Texas Health Care Association.

Whitten was nominated by her co-workers and selected by a panel of long term care clinicians from across Texas. Region 10 is one of 10 statewide, and includes South Texas.

Whitten began in the Dietary Department, became a certified nurse aide, and furthered her education and became a licensed vocational nurse. She is always willing to educate and assist with new nurses. She supports her fellow team members and regularly gives rides to other employees to and from work and participates in fundraising activities for the employee Fun Committee.

Whitten takes pride in knowing her residents and identifies needs and gets the care they need to make their lives more comfortable and also identifies changes in their conditions early possibly avoiding the need for a hospitalization that disrupts their routines and causes unnecessary stress for them. She is caring and compassionate and over the years she has personally paid for haircuts for residents that could not afford them and enthusiastically adopts a resident every year at Christmastime.

Whitten is described as compassionate and teaching supervisor to the Certified Nurse Aides under her supervision.  She has developed special relationships of trust with her residents and their families.  One resident said, “she always greets us with a smile and is friendly to the residents and their families. In the years I have known her she has been very devoted to her work and is compassionate to her residents.”

Whitten was recently recognized as one of 10 Nurses of the Year representing geographic regions in the state during the Texas Health Care Association Annual Convention and Trade Show in Houston.

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