FMC Special Care Nursery Nurse wins regional award

Oct. 6, 2010

Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) Registered Nurse Beth Thomas has been recognized as one of the top nurses in the Western United States by Nursing Spectrum Magazine. Thomas, a nurse in FMC’s Special Care Nursery, won in the Mentoring category in the 2010 Mountain West Nursing Excellence Award competition.

Each year, FMC nurses are nominated by their peers for distinction in the following areas: Mentoring, Teaching, Advancing the Profession, Clinical Care, Community Service and Management. Thomas competed against hundreds of other nurses from the Mountain West Region to become one of three other finalists in the Mentoring category. Having won the regional competition she will go on to the National Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas in December and compete against nurses from other regions in the country.        

Thomas joined FMC in 2005 as a registered nurse in the Special Care Nursery (SCN). FMC's SCN is a certified Level II Enhanced Perinatal Center by the Arizona Perinatal Trust, and provides care for newborns delivered as young as 28-weeks gestation.

“I love what I do and to be honored for doing it is heartwarming,” Thomas said. “It is amazing to see active miracles every day. Working with premature infants and their families is rewarding. To touch a person's life when they are in such need is fulfilling.”

According to Alice Johnson, R.N., clinical manager for SCN, Thomas has had a great impact in her five years at FMC, from mentoring other staff to serving as a frontline manager. “Beth was nominated for her excellent clinical skills and knowledge, unending patience, warmth, nurturing personality and amazing sense of humor,” Johnson said. “One of her most striking attributes as a mentor is her ability to focus on and enhance the individual strengths of those she works with.”

Thomas received her bachelor’s in nursing from the Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. When she’s not working at FMC, she travels internationally to teach workshops about Reactive Attachment Disorder and how to work with children with emotional disorders.

FMC has a proud history of nursing excellence. In the last two years, four FMC nurses have won awards in either the Mountain West Nursing Excellence or the March of Dimes Arizona Nurse of the Year competitions. For more information about Flagstaff Medical Center and our nurses, visit