Nurse receives Margaret Ecklund Spirit of Nursing Award

Patty Trickey of UR Medicine Thompson Health recently received the Margaret Ecklund Spirit of Nursing Award from the Greater Rochester Area Finger Lakes (GRAFL) Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

A Canandaigua resident who is certified as a critical-care registered nurse, Trickey is a “float nurse” within Thompson. She was the hospital’s nurse of the year in 2003 and, in 2020, marked 45 years with the health system. During her tenure at Thompson, she has worked in nearly every hospital unit, including medical/surgical floors, telemetry, the emergency department, critical care, cardiology, observation and diagnostic imaging.

“No matter where she is, Patty is always the first person to lend a hand or a shoulder to lean on,” said Mary Kate Corey, the director of the intensive care and observation units at Thompson. “Her patients appreciate her compassion and empathy while her teammates adore her for her advocacy and knowledge.”

According to GRAFL, The Margaret Ecklund Spirit of Nursing Award is presented annually to a member of the chapter who exhibits the dedication to acute and critical-care nursing, the passion for the chapter and the major contribution to patient care embodied by the chapter’s founding member and second chapter president. The award was announced during the chapter’s April 21 Linkages event. It was a virtual conference this year, but Corey expects to receive the award from GRAFL soon so she can formally present it to Trickey.

Photo: Trickey