SUNRISE, Fla. (May 14, 2019)—Interim HealthCare Inc., a national franchisor of homecare, hospice and health care staffing, announced Rakel Nussbaumer as its 2019 Nurse of the Year. Rakel works as a registered nurse for Interim HealthCare of Clovis, New Mexico, bringing comfort and care to her patients and their families. The “Interim HealthCare Nurse of the Year” is awarded annually during National Nurses Week, which begins May 6 and ends May 12, on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

“It takes a truly remarkable person to give of themselves the way that Rakel has to her patients, their families and the local community she serves,” said Jennifer Sheets, Interim HealthCare Inc. President and CEO. “Nurses aren’t always aware of the significant impact they can have on patients and their families. We want Rakel, as well as all the other Interim HealthCare nurses and care professionals, to know that the work they do empowers people to live a more enriched, safe and independent life, and we thank you for all your contributions.”

Nussbaumer began her career with Interim HealthCare in 2006 as a field nurse and grew into her current role as director of health care services for the Clovis franchise. Her role allows her to go beyond caregiving and support a team of clinicians. In the last year, Nussbaumer designed and implemented a recognition board for all staff members, creating a space to recognize individual’s accomplishments and encourage team-wide support. This has boosted morale and appreciation for one another among the caregiver team.

“I’m so grateful to have chosen a career that allows me to impact so many lives in my community. I am honored to be recognized as Interim HealthCare’s Nurse of the Year,” said Nussbaumer. “Caring for people is a true calling for me, and I’ve been lucky to do meaningful and impactful work for my patients and for my colleagues.”

“Nursing can be a taxing yet extremely rewarding career, and as the U.S. population ages, we need more great caregivers like Rakel to improve the lives of our patients, clients and their families,” said Sheets. “While the public recognition is well-deserved, the positive impact our nurses make day in and day out is immeasurable.”

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