CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Names 2017 Nurses of the Year Boyette, Murphy, and Odom selected by peers for nursing excellence June 01, 2017

Beaumont, Texas –CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System named three nurses from their respective hospitals in Jasper, Port Arthur and Beaumont as nurses of the year for their service, compassion and dedication to the nursing profession. Rachel Boyette, RN with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial Hospital, Sunshine Murphy, RN with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Mary and Ria Odom, RN with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth were nominated by peers and selected by a Divisional Professional Staff Nurse Council based on education, certifications, accomplishment and patient satisfaction. Thirteen nurses have received the nurse of the year honor since the program’s inception in 2004.

“With close to 900 dedicated and talented nurses serving patients at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System, the selection of the nurse of the year is one of the most difficult decisions,” said CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Chief Nursing Officer Paul Guidroz. “I extend my sincere gratitude to Rachel, Sunshine and Ria for their outstanding contributions to nursing excellence, and for playing a vital role in our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Rachel Boyette, RN, works in the labor and delivery unit at CHRISTUS Jasper Memorial Hospital. She has practiced nursing at CHRISTUS since 2012. Boyette is a childbirth educator, certified breastfeeding counselor, and assisted the department in obtaining Baby-Friendly status.
Sunshine Murphy, RN, works in the catheterization laboratory at CHRISTUS St. Mary in Port Arthur. Murphy began her career at CHRISTUS in 2006 on the orthopedic unit. She is recognized for her work ethic and caring disposition.

Ria Odom, RN, works as a surgery nurse in the CHRISTUS Outpatient Pavilion day surgery department at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth. Odom is a 26-year veteran CHRISTUS Associate, caring for surgical patients her entire career. She is recognized for her positive and willing attitude, her friendliness and compassionate care for her patients, and her skill and knowledge as a nurse and instructor.