A longtime nurse at Humboldt General Hospital was recently nominated as
one of Nevada’s top-performing health care professionals.
Ovidia McGuinness was nominated for the Nevada Health Care Association
Perry Foundation’s “Endeavor Award.” During an awards
dinner on June 2, McGuinness received special recognition for her role
in helping to form the Nevada Association of Licensed Practical Nurses—which
was also the reason for her nomination.
Keynote speaker and Nevada State Board of Nursing Executive Director Cathy
Dinaeur discussed the new association and McGuinness’s role in changing
the LPN regulations for the first time in 20 years.
“It was a great night,” said McGuinness, who is also a member
of the Nevada State Board of Nursing Regulatory Commission. “I love
working with the nursing board.”
In addition to the NALPN, McGuinness is also chair of the newly formed
LPN Taskforce; the taskforce is in place to explore further education
for the LPN, as well as educate the LPN to the full extent of licensure.
McGuinness, who has been an LPN in Nevada for 35 years, said, “Never
before in my history have the LPNs of Nevada had an association dedicated
specifically to Licensed Practical Nurses. But that all changed in 2016.”
McGuiness said the idea for an LPN association resulted from the fact that
the majority of LPNs in Nevada work in post-acute settings, anything from
hospital to home. Because the Nevada Health Care Association represents
post-acute care, it seemed like a natural progression.
For McGuinness, the creation of the NALPN brings a multitude of benefits
to her profession.
“It provides a vehicle for enhancing the growth and development of
LPNs throughout Nevada,” she said. “It also gives LPNs a voice
in the state legislature—all while building a sense of camaraderie
within the LPN community.”
Additionally, McGuinness said NVHCA Perry Foundation President Robert Kidd
has committed to work with the new association to develop and offer educational
opportunities directed specifically at LPNs and their licensure requirements.
McGuinness said the NALPN is in the beginning stages of forming a board
and gathering members. “Once the board is formed, we will plan our
mission based on the needs expressed by the LPN members,” she said.
McGuinness said the new association will support Nevada’s LPNs through
advocacy, education, and support.
“We’re going to achieve that by promoting quality health care
standards, representing Nevada LPNs in legislative and regulatory issues,
and promoting the diverse functions of LPNs to healthcare professionals
and the general public,” said McGuinness.
She is also excited to see the LPNs in Nevada represented. “They
are a vital part of Nevada healthcare, but are frequently overlooked.”