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Nurses Honored at Annual Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement Ceremony

Renown Health’s Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement honorees include: Critical Care: Jenny Jordan-Griffo, CIC, Renown Regional Medical Center; Rookie of the Year: Jorge Montano-Figueroa, PICU, Renown Regional Medical Center; Maternal Child: Denise Gonzalez, Supervisor of Nursing, Pediatrics, Renown Regional Medical Center and Office/Outpatient: Daun Russell, Charge Nurse, Infusion Services, Renown Regional.

After a week of fun and celebrations, Nurses Week wrapped up May 12 with the annual Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement ceremony held at the Grand Sierra Resort. Visit our Nurses Week photo gallery which has been updated with images from the NOA ceremony. 

Renown Health picked up awards in four categories: 

  • Rookie of the Year: Jorge Montano-Figueroa, PICU, Renown Regional Medical Center
  • Office/Outpatient: Daun Russell, Charge Nurse, Infusion Services, Renown Regional
  • Critical Care: Jenny Jordan-Griffo, CIC, Renown Regional Medical Center
  • Maternal Child: Denise Gonzalez, Supervisor of Nursing, Pediatrics, Renown Regional Medical Center

In addition, two Renown RNs were honored as the acute care and transitional care Nurses of the Year at Renown Health:

  • Facility Winner, Acute Care: Michelle Dix, Med-Tele, South Meadows
  • Facility Winner, Transitional Care: Natalie Tegio, Quality Coordinator, Home Health

Read below for more on each winner. 

Facility Winner – Acute care
Michelle Dix, Med-Tele, South Meadows

Michelle’s nominator wrote:
Michelle wants to make a difference in the lives of others. Her mom passed away when she was young and Michelle remembered the nurse wrapping her arms around Michelle in her time of need. This gave lasting comfort to a young girl and Michelle wanted to be just like that nurse. She treats each patient like a loved one would want to be treated. She practices from the heart and connects with patients as human beings. She makes patients smile when they think there is no reason to.

Facility Winner – Transitional Care
Natalie Tegio, Quality Coordinator, Home Health 

Natalie’s nominator wrote: 
Natalie started in nursing in 2011 after a career in informatics and she uses her expertise with the science of nursing to optimize care to patients. Natalie increases the quality of care with patient-centered care plans. She’s described as “wicked smart” and is a great teacher helping teams to connect numbers to people.

Rookie of the Year
Jorge Montano-Figueroa, PICU, Renown Regional Medical Center

Jorge’s nominator wrote:
Some people are nurses by trade, others are nurses by heart. At the same moments he can laugh and can provide dedicated care. Jorge has pride for the Children’s Hospital and I am proud to have him on this team as an RN.

Jorge wrote:
I am blessed and honored to say I am a peds nurse. I admire the optimism of my patients and I want to apply that characteristic to my practice. One year ago today I was graduating from nursing school and here I am today. 

Office/Outpatient
Daun Russell, Charge Nurse, Infusion Services, Renown Regional Medical Center

Daun’s nominator wrote:
Daun demonstrates all of our values. She occasionally serves as our charge nurse and makes each patient feel like they are her only patient. Each Christmas she organizes a sewing party with the nurses to make gifts for patients and she also has hosted an oncology conference each of the last four years.

Daun wrote:
We all say it but I truly work in the best place in the hospital. As an RN, I help care for my patients by touching their lives in some way.

Maternal Child
Denise Gonzalez, Supervisor of Nursing, Pediatrics, Renown Regional Medical Center 

Denise’s nominator wrote: 
She started on peds two decades ago as a child life specialist and that position gave this nurse a unique perspective. She’s a highly respected nurse.

Denise wrote: 
I was born to be a nurse and work brings me joy. I am able to care for patients from infants to teens and I love that diversity. My previous role as a child life specialist gave me a strong foundation for being a nurse. 

Critical Care
Jenny Jordan-Griffo, CIC, Renown Regional Medical Center 

Jenny’s nominator wrote:
Jenny volunteers for any and all committees for patient safety. She caught a STEMI because of her attention to detail and she is always supporting her other RNs.

Jenny wrote: 
I empathize with patients knowing that could be me or my loved ones. I collaborate on meeting goals and at the end of the day I go home knowing I worked my hardest for my patients.