Nurse of Year known for her compassion

Barbara Brown-Johnson (right) congratulates Nurse of the Year, Patricia Webb of The Child Advocacy Center, at the fourth annual Salute to Nurses on Tuesday . / Valerie Mosley/News-Leader

( Patricia Webb, whose childhood was dominated by years of abuse, was so shy in college that she wouldn’t raise her hand to ask a question.

She overcame those feelings of worthlessness and shame, earning a master’s degree and moving on to teach nursing classes at Missouri State University. Webb now works at the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield. She does exams of children who may have been sexually or physically attacked to document their abuse for possible criminal prosecution. [Read more…]