Local LPN Leader Honored for 'Endeavor' Nomination

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.”