Thirty-six year veteran of Orillia hospital earns Nightingale Award

Registered Practical Nurse Marlene Long informed of the honour during Nurses Week

A long-serving member of Orillia’s healthcare team has gotten some well-earned recognition.

Marlene Long, a Registered Practical Nurse at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) for the past 36 years, has been awarded the 2020 OSMH Nurses Alumnae Nightingale Award.

The award recognizes a nurse at the Orillia medical centre who has positively affected the lives of patients there and is named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. Long was fittingly informed of her award during Nurses Week.

Long was one of twelve nominated for the award at OSMH

“It was a great surprise and a real honour to be selected the winner of the Nightingale Award,” said Long. “There are so many deserving nurses throughout our organization and I’m inspired by their dedication every day, especially during the pandemic. This means so much to me.”

Jill Colin, OSMH’s Chief Nursing Executive presented the award to Long one on one due to COVID-19 restrictions putting a halt to the usual ceremony. “Marlene’s nomination truly spoke about her amazing work ethic, commitment to patients, and how she has adapted over the years to the ever-changing healthcare world,” Colin said.