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Robert Pullens named Employee of the Quarter at SMSH

Robert Pullens has been named South Mississippi State Hospital's second quarter Employee of the Quarter.
PURVIS, Miss. --  Robert Pullens has been named South Mississippi State Hospital’s second quarter Employee of the Quarter.  Pullens began work at SMSH on September 4, 2012, as an RN.
“Robert can be trusted to be here when scheduled and to do the job expected” said Pam Brinson, nurse executive.  “He is respected by patients and co-workers alike.  His communication with fellow staff is respectful, and his communication with our patients is compassionate.
.  He holds an associate in arts and an associate of science in nursing, both from Pearl River Community College.  His professional goals include returning to school to obtain board certification as a psychiatric-mental health nurse as well as a master’s degree in nursing.  Pullens is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
“My w
ork at SMSH gives me the opportunity to help patients get a new start in life,” said Pullens.
Pullens’ desire to become a nurse seems to be genetic.  Although there are several nurses in his family, the most influential has been his mother, who teaches nursing at PRCC.
“Robert has a willingness to help that goes beyond what is expected of him,” said Donna Simmons, PR director. “He volunteers to help with weekend Family Education meetings whether or not he is scheduled to work.”
South Mississippi State Hospital (SMSH) is a 50-bed acute care behavioral health program in Purvis that offers mental health treatment and services for adults in the southern part of the state. The hospital’s Friends of SMSH organization recognizes an outstanding employee each quarter and provides service pins and incentive-related supplies and activities for hospital staff as well as needed services and events for patients.  Friends of SMSH is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting understanding of mental health and the needs of individuals with mental illness, improving the quality of life for patients, and providing recognition and support for employees.

Article Date:   7/29/2014   |   Expiration Date:   1/30/2015

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