Betty Walker of Manila was recently named one of the top 10 "Best Nurses in Arkansas." She, along with the other selected nurses from across the state, was featured in a special supplement to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in conjunction with National Nurses Week. Readers were asked to nominate nurses for the special recognition.
Ms. Walker said she was surprised and pleased to be among the nurses featured. She is a nurse with the Department of Community Corrections in Osceola where she has worked for seven years.
Her nursing career spans 32 years. She worked 15 years in the emergency room in Blytheville and 10 years for a doctor in Blytheville.
Walker did not go into nursing until age 45. Her daughters, Junie and Sandy, were in college when she decided to become a nurse.
"I spent two months with my dad, John Williams, who was terminally ill and I decided to become a nurse," Walker said. "I'm glad I did, I have enjoyed my career."
She went to nursing school in Burdette.
Her co-workers submitted her name for consideration. Some of the comments made included, "Ms. Betty, as she is affectionately called, has worked at the unit for the past seven years. She has a style of work no one can mimi...." "With all her years, she is still ever learning and never changing her style in this vast field of nursing. Still caring and comforting 32 years later...."
Walker said she has enjoyed all of the places she has worked and enjoys working with the residents at the Department of Community Corrections.
She is married to Jack Walker and they have three grandchildren, Dena, Libby, and Drew. Both their daughters live in Columbus, Miss.