Novant Health Rowan honors nurse

From Novant Health Rowan Medical Center: Jamie Sheets, RN, BSN, the charge nurse in the endoscopy department at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, has received the 2014 Tammy Bernhardt Nursing Excellence Award. The award is given annually to a Rowan Medical Center nurse who demonstrates exemplary care for patients by showing concern for others, fostering teamwork and setting examples for others to follow. Award recipients are nominated by their peers.

Sheets was nominated by the endoscopy staff for her strong emphasis on and dedication to nursing. Most recently, she organized a fecal transplant procedure that marked a first for Rowan Medical Center. This procedure has been proven to be highly effective at dramatically improving the quality of life for patients with antibiotic-resistant Clostridium difficile, or C. diff., infections.

She also assisted in the startup and streamlining of outpatient pediatric procedures at Novant Health Julian Road Outpatient Surgery. In addition, she assisted a local gastroenterologist's office with establishing their office-based outpatient procedures. These services were previously unavailable for local residents.

"Her compassion for patients and staff is exceptional," wrote the hospital's endoscopy staff in the nomination form. "She is always the first person to help or volunteer, and is always willing to jump in."

Sheets, who has worked at Rowan Medical Center for nine years and is a lifelong resident of Rowan County, was actually born at the hospital. She has chaired the hospital's Nurse Practice Council for the past three years, is a member of the Nurse Peer Review and Nurse Coordinating Council, and is one of the hospital's safety coaches. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Altar Guild at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, and volunteers as a Sunday school teacher. She lives in Faith with her husband, Chad, and daughters, Caylee and Julianna.