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Barnes is Aspen hospital Nurse of the Year

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Beth Barnes has been named Aspen Valley Hospital’s Nurse of the Year.

The honor was announced in a National Nurses’ Day celebration on May 6. Barnes was chosen by fellow nurses from a slate of 11 nominees.

A resident of Basalt, Barnes has worked at Aspen Valley Hospital for almost 19 years. She first worked as a seasonal employee on the patient care unit, then took a permanent position in intensive care and then the emergency department. She currently serves as a house supervisor and is responsible for clinical activities throughout the hospital during her shifts. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Barnes previously worked at New Eng land Medical Center, Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and the University of California in San Francisco in a 22-bed critical care unit.



“I’m honored to be a part of this team. I love my job, and my fellow nurses are more than colleagues, they are friends. We support one another, and that allows us to provide the best in patient care,” said Barnes when told of her award.

Nominations for Barnes acknowledged her expertise, patient advocacy, sense of humor, professionalism, and helpfulness.




“She is hands-on, even as a supervisor,” said one nominator.

Others nominated for Nurse of the Year include: Jean Cornish (Nurse of the Year in 1989), P.J. Wallace (Nurse of the Year in 1990), Maggie Harris (Nurse of the Year in 1998), Amy Carter, Rachel Shuck, Karen Lemoine, Bill Stout, Mary McDaniel, Jessica Holmes, and Katie Flaherty.