Nurse Award - Daniel S.
(Travel Nurse Across America) “After losing his 5-year-old daughter in a car accident in 2005, Daniel has dedicated his career to helping others: first becoming a firefighter, then on to EMS, and finally nursing! Daniel works nights as a travel nurse in the emergency room of different hospitals around South Carolina, North Carolina, and more recently Georgia. He is away from his family for weeks at a time in order to provide care and compassion to families that are going through some of the scariest and most difficult experiences of their lives. Recently, he works in pediatric trauma in Charlotte, NC and fell absolutely in love with helping children. On a regular basis, he is banishing their fears and fills the room with laughter instead of tears.”
Student Award - Penny W.
(Southwest Tennessee Community College) “Penny is a mother of 5, coaches youth girls’ basketball, and other things I’m sure I’m forgetting. All while going through nursing school. She’s a go getter and formed our study group that has been dubbed the A-team by our teachers. By the end of our first clinical rotation at the long-term care facility, the staff was so impressed with her passion and expertise that they offered her a job on the spot! She still goes by once a week even though our clinical ended over a month ago. However, when visiting the doctor to get her hypertension under control, they found something much more serious. She was diagnosed with Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) but has no intention of slowing down, just views it as another obstacle to overcome. She is an amazing person and is going to make an extraordinary nurse.”
Professor Award - Annette G.
(Haywood Community College) “With the resignation of all other nursing professors and the director, Professor Guy was the last one standing at our school. She refused to leave our second-year class and withstood the pressure of so many obstacles. She missed out on a lot of time with her family and stood tall in front of our class, alone, every lecture, every exam, and answered every single email every day. She is a warrior and a perfect example of what a nurse should be in the face of adversity. She has taught us to be brave when facing the unknown, to be firm when doubted, and to be kind when it matters. We needed her and she was there no matter what.”
Preceptor Award - Penny M.
(Fairbanks Memorial Hospital) “Penny took me under her wing when I came into the Operating Room back in July and has been the most supportive and encouraging person in my major career change. She has given me the confidence to succeed in a fast paced and high stress environment. When I moved to Alaska in June, the hospital here offered free genetic testing to employees. I was found to be BRCA+1, putting me at a greater risk of developing certain cancers. I’ve had a hysterectomy last month and am having a mastectomy this week. Penny has jumped in and helped with my kids, my finances, and even has become the very best listening ear and supporter I could ever need. I have no family here, but my family is now my co-workers, including Penny. I am so excited to recover fully and continue learning from Penny! She is one in a million.”
Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2018 Nurse Blake Awards. There were over 1,700 nominations and over 2,500 votes!! These awards represent the hard work that nurses & nursing students do every day to improve the lives of others. Keep up the great work!
Nurse Award- Chuck D.
(University of Mississippi Medical Center) “Chuck has had kidney issues all his life. He had a transplant that lasted for 24 years, but became sick in 2017 and since lost function of his transplanted kidney. He felt the best route for us was to do home hemodialysis. This would allow him to do dialysis on his own time and still be able to work. In the past 18 months, he has been in and out of the hospital as a patient and has suffered the effects of renal failure all the while STILL serving patients as their nurse. He is in pain daily and is often exhausted but he loves what he does. He may get home from a very long 12 hours and must sit and do dialysis for 3 hours; 4 times a week. His job, coworkers, and patients keep him going. He is the comedian and prankster among his coworkers. I know he is kind and treats everyone with respect and dignity. He shares his story and comforts patients and families. He knows exactly how it is to be on the receiving end of care, so he strives to give the best care he can to others. He is an amazing nurse, husband, friend, and dad.”
Student Award- Sabrina P.
(Michigan State University) “Sabrina saved my life. In March of 2018, I lost one of my best friends. The death of my friend was a month before finals of our hardest semester. Before this all happened, we spent every day in the library for at least eight hours to just try to keep our heads above water with all the studying we had to do. I had inevitably fallen way behind, and I saw no hope in finishing the semester, finishing nursing school, and unfortunately, saw no hope in life in general. When things got to their lowest, she showed up at my door, unannounced. She claimed it was an instinct. I would say that it was a miracle. She stayed with me that night as I cried, mourned, wondering how I was going to get through the next day, let alone the next month of finals. She picked me up and drove me to the library every day and helped catch me up on what I had missed during my grieving period. Not only did she singlehandedly get me through that dreary semester, but she also saved my life. I would not be here today if it hadn’t been for her. She may not have RN, BSN behind her name yet, but she has already saved a life. Please consider this amazing human for this award.”
Professor Award- Gabriel R.
(Galen College) With over 70 nominations from students, here are some of the highlights:
“This professor is honestly the greatest professor I have had the privilege of knowing! He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he teaches. You’re not just a name to him. He picks a nickname for every one of his students. He goes above and beyond for his students to make sure they fully understand his content that he is teaching. If he has to act it out or sing to you for it to stick, he will! His motto is, ”no student left behind!” and that is absolutely the way he teaches every day! He always has a smile on his face and is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure your day is the best! He tells stories that help us learn and I haven’t forgotten any of them. He is a genuine and kind human being who only wants success for every student he comes across because he always talks about how he can’t wait to see each student cross that stage and become a nurse.”
Preceptor Award- Stefany C.
(Claxton Hepburn Medical Center) “Stefany is truly a credit to our profession. Claxton Hepburn is a hospital in a small town close to the Canadian border. Due to high censuses and increased patient acuity, individual nursing loads can get quite high. She will stop what she’s doing to show new nurses how to administer a medication, teach appropriate technique, and ensure the safest practice. She will challenge a person or situation for the safety and well being of patients and/or staff. I dare say holds the entire hospital together. When I became prey of unwanted judgment due to my limited experience, she quickly stepped in to ensure this type of work environment wouldn’t be tolerated. Did I mention she works at two hospitals and was also training to be a flight nurse? She is an ambassador for organ donation and most recently spent one of her few off days sitting in the hospital lobby trying to enroll new donors. She is a nursing gem, and while I have since taken a job closer to home, I have stayed per diem at CHMC, an hour and a half drive away, to stay under her wing as she exemplifies a nursing hero. While the hospital is small and largely unknown, I didn’t want to pass up on the opportunity for the world to know what a true nursing hero looks like. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to nominate Stefany for this award.”