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.”
Special thanks to my grandmother Val (aka Nan) for providing a large portion of the award money. Her unwavering support throughout my life has shaped me into the nurse I am today. Love you Nan!