CN clinic administrator’s nursing achievements recognized

BY CHAD HUNTER
Reporter
10/29/2020 09:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Brandi Payton
OCHELATA – Cherokee Nation Health Services employee Brandi Payton was recently honored with the Oklahoma Nurses Association’s “Excellence in Nursing Award.”

As the CN Cooweescoowee Health Center administrator, Payton “is a leader in healthcare development and has transformed communities by creating numerous resources, programs, and facilities,” according to the ONA.

“Payton has been an active ONA/ANA member for 11 years,” the organization states. “Highlights of her achievements include opening a Cherokee Nation Health Program in Ochelata and being selected out of 42 applicants representing 26 tribes to be a Native Graduate Health Fellow. In 2019 she was chosen to be an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity.”

Payton said the recognition was “a reflection of the time, love and energy that many colleagues and mentors have invested in me.”

“Thank you all so much for believing in me, investing in me and allowing me to be a small part of such amazing teams,” she added.

Payton was recognized during the ONA’s 111th annual Nurses’ Convention, which was hosted virtually for the first time virtually on Oct. 1. During the Year of the Nurse-themed ceremony, nurses from across the state were honored.

“It’s more important than ever to honor Oklahoma’s nursing leaders who inspire us and make positive impacts in the nursing profession,” ONA President Shelly Wells said. “These award recipients are truly changing lives as they go on their nursing journey.”

The Excellence in Nursing Award is presented to ONA members who are “recognized by peers as a role model of consistently high-quality nursing practice and as one who enhances the image of professional nursing by creating an environment promoting professional autonomy and control over nursing practice.”

Payton, who in 2015 helped open the Washington County-based Cooweescoowee Health Center, was a participant of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma’s 2018 Leadership Native Oklahoma class.

Other award categories at the ONA’s recent ceremony included Nursing Research, Nursing Impact on Public Policy, Nightingale Award on Excellence, Friend of Nursing and Excellence in the Workplace Environment.

For information about ONA or other award winners, visit oklahomanurses.org.
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Chad Hunter has spent more than two decades in the newspaper industry as a reporter and editor in Arkansas, Oklahoma and his home state of Missouri. He began working for the Cherokee Phoenix in late  ...
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Chad Hunter has spent more than two decades in the newspaper industry as a reporter and editor in Arkansas, Oklahoma and his home state of Missouri. He began working for the Cherokee Phoenix in late ...

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