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Pamela Rorrer named Virginia’s Public Health Nurse of the Year

LEFT TO RIGHT: Director of Public Health Nursing for the state Kyndra Jackson, Public Health Nurse of the Year Pamela Rorrer and Virgina Health Commissioner Dr. Karen Shelton

PATRICK COUNTY, VA – Pamela Rorrer, who has spent much of her career as a public health nurse in Patrick County, received this year’s Virginia Department of Public Health Nurse of the Year award.

“One-man-show” describes the day-to-day public health nursing practice of Pamela Rorrer,” said West Piedmont Health District’s Nurse Manager, Verna Burnette, who serves as Rorrer’s supervisor.

Burnette said she made the nomination in support of Rorrer’s excellent work ethic, ability to rapidly adjust to changing needs, and commitment to the people of Patrick County.

According to the nomination, Rorrer wears many hats, serving as nurse, epidemiologist – even electrician when needed at the Patrick County Health Department.

She has a heart for the people she serves, and often presents unique solutions to get the help her patients need, it said.

Rorrer connects the dots to obtain resources and works diligently to establish new practices based on demonstrated needs.

“She is one of those people who, when times get tough, we can call upon,” said Dr. Kerry Gateley, WPHD Health Director.

The annual award can be obtained by any nurse within the 35 state health districts.

It is based on a peer nomination process with the final recipient selected by a state-level panel.

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