Jane Olsen Receives Excellence in Nursing Award
Jane Olsen has always known that she was going to be a nurse. Her mother, also a nurse, showed a dedication to helping others that inspired Jane to follow in her footsteps for the past 30 years.
We are proud to share that Jane’s dedication and compassion was recently recognized with the highest honor a nurse can receive, an Excellence in Nursing Award from St. Louis Magazine. This award is given to acknowledge the selfless care, compassion and service of St. Louis nurses.
Over 220 area nurses were nominated for the 9th annual awards, and from that pool, 57 finalists were selected. An elite panel of nurses from across the U.S. reviewed the submissions and chose the winners. The winners were announced and celebrated at a reception sponsored by Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in April.
Each day, the staff and patients of AccuCare Home Health Care of St. Louis witness Jane’s highly skilled patient care and her compassion. President Jacque Phillips shares, “Jane is such an intuitive and experienced nurse. She relates so well to patients and their families. She can recognize their needs before they are aware of them. I am grateful to have been able to learn and grow through Jane’s experience over the past 23 years she has worked with me at AccuCare Home Health Care of St Louis.”
When asked about the job she loves, Jane shares that one of the most gratifying aspects is making a difference in lives each day. This difference is profound in Hospice, Home Health, Palliative Care and Long-Term Care nursing, the category in which Jane was honored. In this field, it can be challenging because “it is easy to get too attached to clients and families,” states Jane. “We get to guide them through a time in life that is most precious. We get to be with them in times that their families sometimes aren’t available—we are that extended family for them.”
Another wonderful part of Jane’s job is mentoring employees and those who wish to become nurses. Jane passes on the inspiration that her mother passed to her, and that she has passed on to others, including her daughter Abby Brotherton, a labor and delivery room nurse. Jane advises new nurses to “follow your passion and your gut.”
Jane has influenced many nurses, including our nursing supervisor Denise Deschler and Laurie Whelan, a dear friend and AccuCare Home Health Care employee who was so impressed by Jane’s passion for nursing that she nominated Jane for the Excellence in Nursing award several years ago. Sadly, Laurie became ill and was cared for by Jane before she passed away. Later, Jane was again nominated and became a finalist for the award. This year, the third time proved to be a charm, as Jacque Phillips nominated her and celebrated with her as she was named a winner. Bringing home this phenomenal award was just a bit sweeter, knowing that Laurie had originally nominated her years ago.
Congratulations, Jane! We are truly proud of you and are grateful for the excellence that you bring to your patience and colleagues each and every day!