Amanda Gaudet takes home Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Nightingale Award

Three families' nominations helped secure Amanda the win

Registered Nurse Amanda Gaudet has been awarded the 2021 Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) Nurses Alumnae Nightingale Award.

Gaudet has been working in the hospital’s Paediatric Outpatient Clinics for the past five years and was nominated for the award by three families, all of whom have children who would see Gaudet for chemotherapy treatments.

“Amanda has always been nothing short of amazing to all families that enter at some of the most difficult times. She’s kind, caring, supportive and gentle. She has helped saved my sons life many times and she is one person I will be forever grateful to have met,” reads part of one family’s nomination.

“She offers support to both me and my daughter and I couldn’t be happier with the care we receive from Amanda. She treats us as a whole, never missing a chance to make our days better,” says another.

The third nomination came from a family who spoke about how Gaudet came to work on Christmas Day when the clinic is usually closed, providing treatment locally and saving a trip to Toronto.

Jill Colin, OSMH’s Chief Nursing Executive presented the award to Gaudet one on one due to COVID-19 restrictions putting a halt to the usual ceremony. “Amanda’s nominations truly spoke to her amazing dedication to patients and families, she has truly changed their lives for the better in the very difficult times these families go through,” Colin said.

Along with Gaudet, 8 other nurses at OSMH were nominated for the award by community members.

The OSMH Nurses Alumnae Nightingale Award recognizes a nurse at OSMH whose work has positively affected the lives of patients. It is named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale whose lasting contribution was her role in founding the modern nursing profession.

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