Kindred Nurse Garners State Recognition for Her Work

In honor of National Nurses Day, held May 6th to celebrate nurses’ contributions to the health care field, we’d like to share a story about how one of Kindred’s nurses received statewide recognition for her work in nursing.

In April of 2011, Paula Curran, RN, BSN, HFA, Compliance Officer, Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Castleton, received the “Nurse of the Year” award in the Indianapolis Star’s annual “Salute to Nurses.” The Salute to Nurses is a way for the newspaper to “honor nurses and nurse educators from around the state who provide selfless service and tireless dedication to the community.” Curran was one of more than 1,000 nominees. She was nominated for the award by her supervisor at the time. “I was working at a different Kindred facility when I was nominated, and my supervisor there contacted people I had worked with over the years,” Curran says. “She asked them all to write letters of recommendation, and they did.”

Nominations for Nurse of the Year begin in October of each year. In April, five finalists are chosen and invited to a luncheon where the winner is announced. Each finalist also receives an award based on his or her individual achievements. So in addition to the Nurse of the Year award, Curran was given a “Lifetime of Compassion” award.

Curran began her nursing career as a hospital staff nurse. “I worked on a medical-surgical unit for about a year, then became a nurse manager,” she says. “After I moved to Indianapolis, I worked for the state investigating complaints for their long-term care department. That led to my current job as a compliance officer.”

In September of 2011, Curran was again recognized for her work by the state of Indiana when she was awarded the Governor’s Distinguished Service Medal by Gov. Mitch Daniels.