RMH nurse Patra Reed, MSN, RN, CNML, is named one of Virginia’s Nurses of the Year by the March of Dimes.

Patra Reed named March of Dimes Virginia Nurse of the Year

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The Virginia March of Dimes has named Patra Reed, MSN, RN, CNML, as one of Virginia’s Nurses of the Year.

Reed serves as director of clinical excellence and patient transitions for Sentara RMH Medical Center.

The Virginia Nurse of the Year Awards are given annually in 20 categories. Reed was selected Nurse of the Year in the performance & risk management/quality improvement category. She received the award in early November at the annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala in Richmond.

“Receiving this award is an honor,” Reed said. “To be recognized by your peers really means so much. I am not one for self-recognition, but I couldn’t be happier to receive this award.”

More than 500 nurses were nominated in Virginia. All nominations were blinded and then reviewed by a distinguished selection committee comprised of health care professionals and nursing leaders from across the Commonwealth. The committee members scored each applicant according to established awards criteria.

“Patra has brought a wealth of experience, passion and knowledge to RMH,” said Donna Hahn, vice president, acute care services and chief nurse executive. “She is a driving force behind our continued commitment to clinical excellence and is helping RMH navigate through the ever-changing healthcare environment. It is no surprise that she was given this award.”

In addition, Tena Bibb, RN, nurse manager, Behavioral Health, was a finalist in the Nurse of the Year behavioral health category. Each category had between 3-5 finalists.

Reed, who joined RMH in August, has 20 years of experience in the acute health care setting, including 13 years in nursing leadership. She has experience as an ICU staff nurse, nursing case manager, clinical systems support coordinator and nursing director. She also has served on the clinical nursing faculty and advisory board of the James Madison University Department of Nursing.

Reed holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from James Madison University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia. She is a certified nurse manager and leader through the American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center. She will begin studies at JMU in January toward a doctorate in nursing practice.