Sparrow Clinton Nurse recognized for Four Decades of Service

Published: May 26, 2022

ST. JOHNS, MI – Registered Nurse Gretchen Priess joined Sparrow Clinton Hospital during Ronald Reagan’s first administration and now she’s been honored for four decades of compassionate care.

Gretchen Priess, BSN, RN, CMSRN, was recently recognized at the annual Nurses Tea celebrating National Nurses Week.

Priess, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Northern Michigan University, considers becoming a nurse one of her greatest accomplishments. “I was drawn to nursing by my desire to care for, serve, and help other people.”

Priess credits her fellow caregivers and the work climate at Sparrow Clinton for supporting and holding her interest in nursing through the years.

Sparrow Clinton Gretchen Priess Nurse for 40 Years

Gretchen Priess, BSN, RN, CMSRN, of Sparrow Clinton Hospital, was recently honored for providing compassionate care to patients for four decades.

As a veteran nurse, she offers these words of wisdom to anyone who seeks clarity in their career: “Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think. You are more talented than you know. You are capable of more than you can imagine.”

Sparrow Clinton is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Pathway to Excellence® hospital. This designation confirms quality initiatives used to create a positive work environment, substantiates the professional satisfaction of Nurses at Sparrow Clinton, and nationally identifies it as one of the best hospitals in which to work.

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Sparrow Health System is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, as well as Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient experience. For more information, visit