Emergency department nurse (a UW-Green Bay alumna) at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital named 2021 Nurse of the Year
Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin are pleased to announce Kelsey Frericks, an emergency department nurse, and Critical Care Trauma Program Coordinator at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan as *2021 Nurse of the Year. HSHS hospitals in Eastern Wisconsin include: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. Each year, one nurse is chosen as Nurse of the Year. Nurses nominate a colleague from their unit, and those nominations are then reviewed by nursing leadership and the hospitals’ Professional Nurse Practice Council.“If I were to use a sports analogy, a nurse is the quarterback of the team,” said Shana McClone, Chief Nursing Officer at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital. “They need to see the whole patient and anticipate the patient, family and community needs. Especially during the pandemic, nurses were there to provide care for the most vulnerable while working to connect with the human side of nursing.” “Kelsey is a role model nurse who takes pride in the work she completes every day,” said Cassandra Limberg, Kelsey’s longtime manager. “She treats not only her patients with care, respect, competence and joy but also treats her colleagues in the same manner.” Kelsey, a graduate of Sheboygan South High School, started at HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in 2018 as a Critical Care Registered Nurse. She graduated from Lakeshore Technical College with an associate degree in nursing in 2017 and recently completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree (in 2022) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. While Kelsey says the pandemic presented several challenges to her and her colleagues, she felt it was important to be there for her community to offer a calming presence during a difficult time.