Vicky Shaw is Recipient of 2017 Spirit of Nursing Award

Tyrone Hospital officials announced that Vicky Shaw, RN is the recipient of Tyrone Hospital’s Spirit of Nursing Award for 2017. Each year the hospital’s nursing staff nominates one of their fellow nurses to receive the award.

Mrs. Shaw learned she was this year’s award recipient at a special reception held for the hospital’s nurses during Nurses Week. “This is such an honor. This is what I love to do,” said Mrs. Shaw.

Mrs. Shaw worked briefly on the medical surgical unit at Tyrone Hospital years ago until she relocated with her husband who was in the military.  She returned to Tyrone after her husband retired from the military and joined the Tyrone Hospital nursing department in June, 1999 as a full-time registered nurse.  Her first nursing position at Tyrone was in the hospital’s former obstetrics department. She then moved to the emergency department where she first held a staff nursing position and was later promoted to the position of Charge Nurse. She has remained in the emergency department for the past eleven years where she provides direct patient care and mentors new employees in addition to her management duties.

A native of Tyrone, Mrs. Shaw’s history with Tyrone Hospital reaches back much further than her eighteen years of employment at the hospital.  She was born at Tyrone Hospital.  She volunteered at the hospital in what was then called the “Candy Striper” program while she was a high school student. Her father also retired from Tyrone Hospital after working at the facility for more than thirty- five years.

Mrs. Shaw said she can’t imagine working anywhere else. “The hospital has always felt like home to me. It means that much to me.”

There was a long list of accolades for Mrs. Shaw from her peers who nominated her for the Spirit of Nursing Award. She was identified as a nurse who is very caring, detail oriented, competent, one who posses great judgment and emotional and physical endurance, an extraordinary communicator and an excellent manager.  Her co-workers also see her as a team player and someone who works in many ways to preserve and maintain Tyrone Hospital’s high standards for patient care.  One nominator described her as the “ultimate nurse and employee”.   She is also recognized as a Tyrone native who truly loves Tyrone Hospital and the Tyrone community and its residents.

Mrs. Shaw is a graduate of the nursing school at the State University of New York (SUNY) and the former Altoona Vocational Technical School.

Mrs. Shaw’s professional credentials include Board Certification as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) through the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).  She is certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS). She is also currently completing requirements for the credentials of Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN).  She is a past Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instructor. She serves on Tyrone Hospital’s Medication Reconciliation Committee and the Safety Committee. She is also a past member of the Tyrone Hospital Board of Directors, having served for six years.

Her professional memberships include the Emergency Nurses Association.

She attends the Tyrone Alliance Church. In addition to her professional role at Tyrone Hospital, for many years she has also supported the hospital as a member of the Tyrone Hospital Auxiliary.

Mrs. Shaw resides in Tyrone, PA. She has been married to her husband Kenneth for forty-two years. They have two grown children, both reside in Florida. Her son is a physician. Her daughter is an administrator in the mail order pharmacy industry.

As the 2017 Spirit of Nursing Award recipient, Mrs. Shaw received a recognition certificate, flowers and a gift certificate.

The individual that receives the Spirit of Nursing Award is selected by their peers. Members of the nursing staff submit the names of fellow nurses that they think should be honored with the award.  It is through this process that the nursing staff selects one nurse to honor.

Nurses may qualify for the award if they provide direct patient care, have a comprehensive knowledge about the art of nursing, demonstrate a commitment to giving excellent nursing care, serve as an advocate to patients and families, and serve as a role model for other nursing staff.

Anna Marie Anna, Chief Nursing Officer says “We receive a lot of positive feedback about the nursing care provided at Tyrone Hospital. It is a pleasure to honor Mrs. Shaw who is a shining example of the personalized care that our nurses provide.  It is truly an honor to work with Vicki. She is a wonderful example of the great team of caregivers we have here at Tyrone Hospital.”

Tyrone Hospital’s nursing department instituted the Spirit of Nursing Award in 2006 and grants the award on an annual basis to a nurse that demonstrates outstanding performance.




PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured is Vicky Shaw with Tyrone Hospital leaders from left to right are: Anna Marie Anna, Chief Nursing Officer, Vicky Shaw, Tyrone Hospital Spirit of Nursing Award Recipient for 2017 and Joseph J. Peluso, Chef Executive Officer.