Nurses Week Contest Nominees
Happy Nurses Week – check out all of these amazing nominations below! We are no longer accepting nominations but will be announcing the winner on Friday, May 12! Stay tuned to see who won the Apple Series 7 Smart Watch (valued at $460)!
Jamie – Jamie is the most caring nurse I know! She goes above and beyond expectations, every shift! She also is a female business owner. She has her own company where she makes T-shirts, tumblers, etc. She works the night shift so she makes these items after she gets home from working 12 hours or more! She also has a family and 2 pups to take care of! She does all of this and more. She is an amazing friend. I can call on her when I’m down and she cheers me up. I have known Jamie for several years. I was her House Supervisor for a long time and can’t say one negative thing about her. She is the picture of a perfect friend, mom, wife, and nurse! She 100% deserves recognition for all that she does.
Amy – Amy is one of the two full-time charge nurses in the intensive care unit at Wilkes Medical Center. She has been a nurse for twenty-six years and the majority of her career in the critical/intensive care environment. Amy, is the “go-to” person when a staff member has a question about where to find this, how to do that, and what should I do? She works tirelessly to ensure the schedule is out on time, finding coverage, and communicating with staff about the schedule, even when she is at home. She always has a positive attitude, is kind, compassionate, and always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone in need.
Ruth – Ruth is the most giving, caring person I have ever met. I was fortunate to work with her and I was always impressed by her work ethic, organization, and the attention she paid to ALL of her patients. She is what every nurse should be encouraged to be.
Gwen – It’s with great pleasure that I do this today to nominate my good friend Gwen to be recognized for nurses week. I believe that Gwen would be the best choice to be recognized for nurses’ week. I have worked with Gwen in the Healthcare field for over 10 years and strongly believe she is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. She brings along good vibes and such a kind loving heart with her wherever she goes. She is an outstanding nurse. She puts her heart and soul into whatever she is passionate about. She is the nurse that will go above and beyond for her patients. If you’re not having a good day or not feeling well she would be the person that would put a smile on your face or make you laugh. She is overall a great person and deserves to be nominated.
Karen – Karen has worked the front lines through the pandemic and for decades before with faithful commitment to reliably excellent care. She leads a team of nurses caring for her hospital’s sickest patients with a servant’s heart. Besides saving patient lives, Karen is also concerned about keeping her team healthy. Remembering what it was like to have a young family, she forgoes her seniority and volunteers to work holidays so the young parents on her team can be with their families. All while looking after her elderly in-laws to facilitate their ability to live out their years at home. She is a noteworthy daughter, wife, mom, grandma, nurse, and friend to all.
Nicolas – Nicholas has been a nurse for 15 years! He went straight from school to work in the critical care unit. He learned so much and has advanced his career to be able to take all kinds of patients, from open hearts, balloon pumps, stroke, etc. He worked in the ICU for 13 of those years then decided to switch to Cardiac receiving and recovering where he has been now for 2 years. During the pandemic, he was bounced back to critical care since the hospital shut down procedures. He took that like a champ, a scary time for everyone in health care. He has been said by many to be level-headed especially in intense situations. He is one of those people that is kind and caring and genuinely interested in people’s lives. He will go out of his way to help anyone in need without question. He is a great human and a great nurse!
– Debbie has been a selfless caregiver for as long as I can remember she always does for everyone else without regard for herself she goes out of her way to help not only her patients but the families and friends of the people in her charge
Kait – Kait is an ER nurse at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She commutes 45 minutes each way to work often at night to give it her all! Throughout the pandemic, she showed up day in and day out. Her team was understaffed and overworked – but she always kept a positive attitude. Kait recently had her third baby – she worked all the way up to her due date, showing the utmost care and concern for her patients. Thank you, Kait for all you do for our health care system!!
Jennifer – Jennifer is the wizard 9f our MDS department and keeps us all on point!
Kimberly – Kimberly is a hardworking Mom of two beautiful girls. She’s my beautiful wife and a great nurse.
Maryerll – Maryerll is a phenomenal nurse that places her patients’ needs first. She is smart and kind. She is a teacher at heart and is always willing to precept new nurses showing them the ropes while easing anxiety. She embodies the nursing profession.
Terri – Terri works hard and is a dedicated worker she takes her time and has lots of patience when it comes down to providing great care to all patients.
Maya – Maya is a brave single mother. She got her nursing degree while her dad was diagnosed with cancer, and her only son was a premature diagnosed with autism. She had to drop the program for a year to say goodbye to her dad! She rejoined again. Got her associate’s, then took care of her mother for 7 years with 4 times stroke! She got her bachelor’s in nursing. She jumped on to many areas in nursing in less than 5 years, ICU is one of them. She did all of this ALONE!
Tasha – I would like to nominate my mom because she is a sweet-hearted, caring, compassionate hard working registered nurse that goes over and beyond to make sure patients get the best care. She has been in the nursing field for 15 years and her primary specialty is med Surg. She loves God and spreads his love everywhere she goes upon her patients. She is an angel on Earth.
Heather – I would like to nominate my friend and colleague, Heather. Heather is the kind of nurse I always aspired to be. The special thing about Heather is her truly caring, uplifting, and genuine ability to make that “connection” to people-whether it be the homeless man cast aside by society or the “upper echelon” of society. She makes everyone feel special and valued. You cannot put a price on that. She has been through a lot and comes out smiling. Not only is she one of the smartest and most hard-working people I know, but she also has the heart to match. I worked with her at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. She was on the Wound Care Team and I was on the Sedation Team- and we truly worked together there as an amazing team! She went on to become a Nurse Practitioner and now runs the Wound Care Clinic at Christus St. Vincent in Santa Fe. She is one of a kind and so worthy of this recognition.
Breanna – Breanna is a neonatal nurse in the ICU. As a nurse, I never want to care for patients as small, fragile, and ill as this lady does with pride.
Violeta– Violeta is a nurse for 20 years. She has served the community in Bronxville very passionately and with great care. Her attentiveness towards patient care is impeccable. She showed great courage during the pandemic, by always being on the front line, doing the extra work, and always keeping the patient’s best interest as a priority. She is well acknowledged by her coworkers as a team member and with leadership skills. Violeta would truly deserve this nomination.
Samantha – Samantha is a dedicated nurse! She is compassionate! And will do whatever she can to help her patients!
Lakia – Lakia should be recognized because she finds the time to be a wife, mother, and a great friend. She has helped me to gain confidence and guidance in myself. We have been able to help each other without putting each other down and that is very refreshing and rare amongst women, especially black women. I feel that she is deserving of this recognition also because she is a great Registered Nurse who has compassion and empathy for her patients as well as her co-workers. I believe if you met her you would agree!
Tori – Tori is my wife and is one of the most loving people I know. She is currently an ER nurse at Ashe Memorial Hospital. I am a paramedic and she is always advocating for her patients and trying to make a stressful situation better. I have many friends who have been patients of hers and they always say she is the calm breath of fresh air when she walks into a room.
Jessica – Jessica is a Travel Nurse, an RN in Intensive Care. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic (Mar. 2020) Jessica traveled to various states working at hospitals that desperately needed help.
Jessica works 12-hour days, but they run longer. She is exhausted by the time she drives to her rental half an hour away. She’s exhausted but struggled to sleep from nightmares.
She survived and went on never stopped. Thank God we are in a different phase of Covid-19 and people have been surviving! Jessica can do what she was trained to do! She is quick in her mind and alert to care for her patients.
Kathleen – Kathleen is very compassionate and has taken the role of nurse case manager without any formal training program. She has assumed the role of mother to her granddaughter, and she is still punctual, very thorough, and very fair to her staff, as well as her peers. She constantly strives to do her best for her nurses, while still providing the best care for her patients.
Birdie – Birdie continually goes above and beyond what the role of nursing even demands. She is so selfless, if that means skipping lunch so her geriatric patient can get her hair braided after a nice warm shower so be it. Her skills in the O.R. are at the very top in her profession as well. I tip my hat and recognize her 11 years in the field, truly being impactful and making a sincere difference one life at a time. She even tells me she loves old people, it’s not about the money. She would love to work in a nursing home someday just to help care for old people. I know that with her cheerful and genuine heart of compassion, many a smile would be found on the faces of those her path would cross.
Paula – Paula goes above and beyond her call of duty, She is willing to work in any capacity. Be it the unit secretary, CNA, whatever. Paula is the manager of the vascular floor. She is always willing to roll up her sleeve and pitch in. She doesn’t ask you to do anything she wouldn’t do herself. She never leaves her staff short-handed. She have to work and worked 5-6 hours went home and came back to ensure that her patient is taken care of and her floor is covered. She rewards her staff for working hard and encourages them to follow their dreams, I could go on for days but I can’t think of a more deserving person
Holly – Holly is the first person I thought of when hearing of this nomination. She is the most compassionate nurse I know. Cared for her Mother after a stroke. Then started a business for eldercare consultation, all while working two jobs, and going back to school to finish her Master’s degree. She has helped so many and is generous with her time and love. I can’t think of another more selfless person. She has helped me through many tough times personally and in my career. Holly is amazing. An absolute wonderful Nurse, tireless worker, and even a better friend.
Francesca– Nurses are hailed as heroes, employed in dangerous front-line work, battling exhaustion and burnout. The pandemic confirmed this and more, especially as I watched Francesca leave our home at 6 pm for ICU night shift. I hoped and prayed that she would make it through another difficult night. I’m not sure how she did it, but her work ethic, dedication to her craft, and care for her patients never wavered. She is a true example of being a servant leader in the community. On top of working the night shift, she graduated from her master’s program in Nurse education from Methodist in 2020 and has been an adjunct professor for Creighton University’s Nursing School since 2019. She even did a year of travel nursing, while maintaining her teaching job at Creighton and part-time status at CHI hospital. As times got tough, she was tougher, and while all nurses should be recognized, I want to honor and recognize my wife, Francesca.
Savanna – My nominee is my RN daughter Savanna. We are both nurses but Savanna wrote a paper in 2nd grade that I still have that when she grew up she wanted to be a nurse and she said she thought she could be a good one! Fast forward she has been a surgical nurse for 10 years and is now a travel nurse. What stands out about her is her outstanding work ethic and her beautiful smile for the pts as it flows from her heart. She always has a duty at home with 2 beautiful kids ages 4 and 8. I am so proud of her and admire how being a nurse just flows out of her! Well done Savanna
Christy – Christy has been with IU Health for 35 years as a Registered Nurse and currently works as a shift coordinator on A5North on the Neuro/Trauma/Surgical department. Christy is Stroke Certified and Medical Surgical certified. I have worked with her for three years and I am proud to call her my co-worker, leader, and most valuable resource. Christy is the type of nurse that is always first to step up to help a fellow co-worker or a patient. There is not just one story I would love to share with you about Christy, but a whole novel full. One that I will share:
A patient who suffered from metastatic cancer had progressed into mets to the brain. This patient proceeded with comfort measures including hospice protocols. Unfortunately, the floor dedicated to hospice patients in our hospital was full, so this patient stayed on the Neuro/trauma/Surgical floor at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Christy understood the circumstances and was in contact with the family members. Christy knew the patient would not live much longer and did not want him to be alone. She took the extra time to sit with the patient and held his hand until he eventually died in that hospital room. She took the appropriate steps to clean him up and prepare him for when the family arrived to say their goodbyes.
This is just a small glimpse into explaining the character of this nurse. Christy is advocate for both patients and staff members. She supports our nursing careers and our advancements. She will be the first to reach out to a provider in order to maintain patient safety and patient comfort. She is a self-less individual!
Karla – Besides being the love of my life, Karla Dawn has been a nurse for almost 10 years now. She deserves to be nominated for her unwavering dedication to the safety of her patients, whom she advocates for when they’re at their most vulnerable – during an operation – often at her own expense and to the ire of egotistical surgeons. In addition, she has been a travel nurse for several years now, going to the places which need nurses the most! With a heart of pure gold, she deserves all the praise I can give. Thank you Karla Dawn for your service, and being a great cat and plant momma, too.
Kristy – Kristy Schmidt is the school nurse for Walthill Public School in Nebraska. Her dedication to the health of the students is unmatched. She works tirelessly to make sure that ALL in the school including adults stay healthy. She tracks down students to check on them each day and make sure they have taken their meds or been to the clinic for health checks. She does health screens on all in the school and follows up in attempts to make the students and staff stay healthy. Thank You Nurse Kristy.
Shontea – I would like to nominate my daughter, Shontea Lewis. Shontea is a Registered Nurse who has worked in both the acute and long term care settings. My daughter and I are from a small quaint town just south of Thomasville ga where everyone knows everyone. On multiple occasions, I’ve had people approach me and tell me that shontea was extremely skilled, compassionate, and kind while providing care to their love ones. Hearing this has always brought me immense joy. In 2021 of last year, Shontea contracted Covid while caring for her patients. This was one of the scariest moments of my life. After beating her Covid 19 infection, I suggested that Shontea sit out most of the pandemic until the Covid numbers declined, she looked me square in the eyes and said ” mom, nursing is what I’ve always wanted to do, and I refuse to let this virus cripple me.” Shontea is beyond dedicated to her career and her patients which is why I am asking that you consider her for this prize.