The Foundation for Healthy Communities is pleased to announce Ashley Brandes, RN, BSN, Elliot Health System, as the 2017 recipient of the Clint M. Jones New Hampshire Nursing Award. This is the second year in a row that a nurse from Elliot Health System has received this prestigious award.
Brandes, a graduate of St. Joseph College, received the annual award in front of her peers during a special Nurses Week celebration held Wednesday, May 10th at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH.
The Clint Jones Nursing Award was created in 2006 by the Foundation for Healthy Communities to honor the memory of the former director of the Foundation’s N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership. The award recognizes a registered nurse practicing in New Hampshire for at least one year but not more than six years, who exemplifies quality, compassionate nursing care and demonstrates a commitment to a career in nursing.
Brandes joined the staff at Elliot Hospital in 2011 and currently serves on the hospital’s Pediatrics Unit working with pediatric patients and their families, and serves as Chair of the Unit Practice Council focusing on improving the quality and delivery of patient care.
In nominating Brandes for the award, Rebecca Marden RN, MSN, CNML, Pediatrics Clinical Nurse Manager, cited both her support of her fellow colleagues, as well as her enthusiasm and commitment to her patients and their families. “Ashley’s passion for nursing is evident in everything she does. She’s an exceptional family advocate, and has come in on her days off to support her patients during team meetings,” stated Marden. “Her level of commitment and engagement to her patients and her peers directly impact the quality of care we deliver.”
Between November 2002 and February 2005, the N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership, under the direction of Clint Jones, distributed millions of dollars in forgivable loans to hundreds of aspiring nurses in college and practicing nurses who received specialty training or advanced degrees.
As they have every year, Clint’s family, represented by his wife, Leslie and son, Matt, attended the ceremony held at Elliot Hospital to present the award to Brandes.
“As always, it was a pleasure to be a part of the 12th Annual Clint Jones Nursing Award ceremony,” stated Clint Jones’ son, Matt Jones. “Like previous winners of the Clint Jones Nursing Award, Ashley is truly a deserving recipient, exemplifying what it means to be a nurse and representing New Hampshire at the highest level.”
The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and healthcare in NH communities through partnerships that engage individuals and organizations.
Pictured left to right are the wife and son of the late Clint Jones, Leslie and Matthew Jones, with the 2017 recipient, Ashley Brandes, RN, of Elliot Health System.