• Cottage Health Awards Nurse of the Year Honor to Sarah Gray

Published on May 27, 2022

Cottage Health Awards Nurse of the Year Honor to
Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray, RN

Cottage Health awarded its inaugural Nurse of the Year honor to Sarah Gray, a registered nurse who has worked for 13 years on the night shift of the surgical intensive care unit at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

“I was in utter disbelief when I heard my name announced for the award,” said Ms. Gray. “I am extremely grateful and honored that my colleagues would nominate me. They made me feel so very special and loved.”

Ms. Gray decided to pursue her calling as a caregiver and nurse when she was 18 years old. After high school graduation, she attended Mississippi University for Women to study nursing. She came to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in 2009 first as a travel nurse, and soon became an employee, to work in the surgical intensive care unit.

“In the nomination from Sarah’s co-workers, they describe her as amazing, not only for her superior nursing skills, but also for her calm demeanor and sincerity,” said Laura Canfield, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, at the awards celebration during Nurses Week. “She’s always supportive and empathetic. They called her the epitome of a great leader and a caring and compassionate nurse. She is known as ‘the rock’ of the night shift and she inspires everyone who works with her.”

Cottage introduced the Nurse of the Year award to enhance professionalism and acknowledge nursing excellence. The award honors an outstanding Cottage Health nurse who goes above and beyond to provide excellent care, improve patient outcomes and support colleagues.

All Cottage employees from all departments throughout the organization were invited to nominate a nurse for the award. To qualify, the nominated Cottage nurse had to be an RN, LVN or nurse practitioner (NP) who provides direct patient care during at least 50 percent of their work time.

A panel of direct-care nurses on the Nurses’ Recognition Committee reviewed the nominations and selected the award winner from more than 40 blinded nominations.

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