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Paulette McCandless, RN Earns MRH’s First Cameos of Caring Award

Middletown resident Paulette McCandless, RN, of Middletown Regional Hospital (MRH) was honored recently as MRH’s first winner of the Southwest Ohio Cameos of Caring Award. McCandless was one of 16 registered nurses in the Dayton region to earn the award during the sixth-annual Southwest Ohio Cameos of Caring Award Gala at Wright State University.

McCandless, currently a staff nurse in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and the Bidwell Surgery Center, has served MRH for 38 years. She is a past winner of MRH’s Orr Nursing Excellence Award. She holds national nursing certifications in Ambulatory PeriAnesthesia Nursing and PeriAnesthesia Nursing. “Known as being a dedicated patient advocate, Paulette often puts herself into uncomfortable situations to ensure her patients’ rights and well-being are respected and known,” said her manager, Jonelle Noffsinger, RN. In her nomination of McCandless, Joni Donisi, RN, staff nurse and professional peer, characterized her best by noting she would consider herself fortunate to awaken from anesthesia and see McCandless overseeing her care.

Created in 1999 at the University of Pittsburgh, the Cameos of Caring program was established in the Dayton region in 2000 by the Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health. The program honors outstanding nurses on a national level for their caring, wisdom and dedication as patient advocates. Cameos of Caring plays a key role in recruiting and retaining excellent nurses at a time when they are desperately needed. It also helps to provide financial support to nurses who are continuing their education.