Shelby native honored as Nurse of the Year at Norton Suburban

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By Scotty McDaniel

Shelbyville native Pamela Mays has been awarded the honor of Norton Suburban Hospital's 2008 Nurse of the Year in Louisville.

Mays, formerly Pamela Stucker, was nominated by a group of fellow nurses for her excellence as a labor and delivery nurse, her positive attitude and for her dedicated work training new hires.

"I'm also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant," she said.

"And that was one of the reasons why I got nominated, too. I helped bring a lactation program to Suburban."

She said each department nominated a person as a representative, then the hospital looked at all of the representatives before choosing one, and she was selected.

When she learned she would be receiving the award, she said her reaction was "Shocked, disbelief, very honored that my coworkers would recommend me for this honor."

Mays was born in Shelby County to the parents Jerry and Jane Stucker, and except for 5 years spent in Oldham County, she has lived in Shelby County all of her life.

She graduated from Shelby County High School in 1983 and worked in local factories for several years.

While at Alcan Packaging, she met her future husband, Patrick. Together they have three children, Kyle Williams, 18; Brandon Williams, 16; and Hannah Mays, 9.

I always wanted to pursue a career in nursing," Mays said. "And after I had my second child at Suburban I decided I would go back to school to become a nurse, because I had such a great experience there."

As her new honor signifies, it's a job she has been doing well.

"I think suburban has been really good to me, and I think it's a great place to have babies. They deliver more babies than any hospital in Kentucky," she said.