Ronald Guertin: In Safe Hands
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Ron is without doubt the most compassionate nurse Ive ever met. His is dedicated to the patient and the patients family. He took such great care of my cousin while he was a patient at Spaulding. Every two hours, Ron saw to it that my cousin was repositioned and mouth care was given. He always asked if he was in need of anything, if he was in pain, was he comfortable? It was so comforting to our family to have Ron take care of our loved one. We all felt he was in safe hands when Ron was on duty.
Nominated by Barbara Crooker
3 West Nursing Staff: Champions of Assisted Care
Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Watching my parents age, with changing physical and emotional needs, has been difficult. Eventually, their home environment was no longer safe, and with mixed feelings, we moved them to Hancock Park, where they have been cared for by all the nurses on 3 West. From that very first day, the nurses were helpful to my entire family as we transitioned to this new stage of life. Because my parents physical, emotional, and nutritional needs were addressed, they were able to participate and enjoy daily activities looking their absolute best. At a time when long term care struggles for respect and priority in the health care spectrum, it is important to recognize those who care for our elders when they most need care and dignity. The care our parents received from these nurses during their last months and days will be appreciated and remembered by our family forever.
Nominated by Marianne Flynn
Louise Ward: At My Mothers Side
Visiting Nurses and Community Health
Louise was the Hospice nurse who cared for my mother during the last months of her life. But this statement does not explain how much Louise did. Not only did she care for my mother, but she also did as much for my family, especially my father, sister, and myself, as she did for her patient. Louise became part of the family as a friend, confidant, teacher, support system, and nurturer. During this difficult period, we all had our good days and bad days and through it all Louise was there. My mother experienced extreme pain and suffered from nausea as a side effect of her cancer. As soon as Louise became involved in my mothers care, she was able to ease much of her suffering within a few hours of meeting her. Louise told us how to manage Moms symptoms and what to expect as her time came close. She was answering our calls and questions right up to my mothers death. Louise did not stop there; her kind words and compassion provided my family with emotional healing as well. She remained involved with my family for weeks after my mothers death. My father describes Louise as the angel that got him through the biggest loss of his life.
Nominated by Kelly Derchi-Russo
Marybeth Singer: A Roll Model for Nurses
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Marybeth is a consummate clinician, patient advocate, and compassionate caregiver who has focused on alleviating the pain and suffering of the many patients with cancer she has cared for. She has been a superb role model for many student nurses seeking to enter the profession. A tireless and dedicated caregiver who has worked at Dana Farber, Tufts Medical Center, and the MGH Cancer Center, Marybeth makes house calls, has been elected president of the Oncology Nursing Society, and has written and lectured nationally, seeking nothing for herself but the satisfaction of being able to help her patients. I can think of no finer example of the type of nurse you seek to honor by this award. I have learned much by having had the privilege of working with Marybeth for over 15 years. Thank you for the opportunity to nominate her for this honor.
Nominated by John K. Erban, MD
Malinda Miller and Michelle Trojano: Help after a Horrible Accident
Boston Medical Center (BMC)
I was hospitalized at BMC after being slammed in the forehead by a skim boarder while boogie boarding on Nantucket. I was diagnosed as a transient quadriplegic, since I started getting some level of functionality back. Malinda was wonderful, cheerful, and did her best in a very high-paced environment. When I was in surgery, she comforted my wife, since I was three and a half hours late coming out of the operating room. There were many, many nurses who were great, But Malindas spirit distinguished her. Michelle interacted with me at the end of my stay, when I had been moved out of the critical ward. Michelle also had a great attitude and cheerful spirit, which my wife and I looked forward to on her days on. I cant tell you how appreciative you are of that cheer when you are struggling to relearn how to walk and feed yourself. I am now functionally recovered, but still am undergoing continual improvement in the condition of my spinal cord and the many symptoms that accompany that type of accident.
Nominated by Donald Nowicki
Marion Barry-Ravagni and Kathy Murray Ducette: Safe and Comfortable
Hallmark Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice, Inc.
I am 93 years old and I would like to thank nurses Marion Barry Ravagni and Kathy Murray Doucette for showing so much concern for my health. Poor circulation, amputation of a toe, and a heart attack changed my life, but they bring me hope. Marion lights up a room when she visits. Her knowledge of wound care and her optimism is such a comfort to me. Kathy makes me feel safe. I know I can call on her anytime when I dont feel well. Both nurses are so caring that I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. They are truly an asset to their profession. How lucky am I.
Nominated by Helen Cataldo
Leah Kamau: Going the Extra Mile
Throughout the past year, Leah has provided excellent services to eight adults with developmental disabilities living in a group residence. Leah helps to coordinate medical care and ensures that proper regulations are met. Leah has made phone calls to doctors and attended medical appointments and Hospice consults. Leah goes the extra mile.
Nominated by Jennifer Adams
Stephanie Celata: A Loving Hand in Foreign Lands
Stephanie Celata, a 2004 St. Anselm College nursing graduate, has been a surgical nurse at Winchester Hospital for the past few years. Last fall she went to Africa for a week as part of a surgical team helping to repair cleft palates. This past January, she was again on mission, this time to Haiti, helping earthquake victims, seeing the horror there, living in primitive conditions, and experiencing aftershocks. Twice within a few months she has given her time, talent, energy, compassion, and knowledge to people in foreign countries trying to improve their lives. I know that Stephanie may not meet the particular criteria for the Salute to Nurses, but I think shes a very, very special person who deserves to be honored.
Nominated by Jean Maher
Josh Anyaosah: The Genuine Article
Childrens Hospital Boston
My daughter has surgery every six months at Childrens Hospital. Last August her rod had migrated through her ribs and she had to have an unscheduled surgery on her back. Back surgeries are never easy, but she had two new incisions and had to stay in the hospital. Josh was attentive and respectful with a seven-year-old who was in pain and very grumpy. He let her take control whenever she could and was firm but gentle. He was warm and responsive to us as parents, which you think would be the norm, but it is a gift when a nurse really is that way. Being a parent of a child who goes through multiple surgeries is stressful and emotional. When you have a nurse like Josh who really gets it, it makes the experience much more bearable for child and parent. It wasnt anything specific that Josh did, it was the whole package of him just being him.
Nominated by Susanne Ryan
Patty Burnham and Stacy Fouhey: They Treat the Dying with Dignity
Kaplan Family Hospice House
When my wife arrived at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, we were met with the most compassionate team of caregivers. Patty and Stacy were outstanding nurses during my wifes last days on this earth. They met her every need by checking on her regularly and treating her in the most dignified manner. They also provided our family with compassion and love. Dying with dignity is not just words to these two nurses. They made our family feel as if we were special and made my wifes passing an experience that we will never forget. Thank God for these Angels of Mercy. They work with terminal patients every day, yet they remain professional and caring and treat us all with the utmost respect.
Nominated by Colin Adamson
Kellie Haley: She Allayed a New Mothers Fears
Childrens Hospital Boston
My daughter was born with NAIT (platelet disorder). She was my first child, and on top of the normal worries a new mother has, I also had to worry about her health. My daughter required more than a dozen platelet transfusions and we had these done at Childrens. Nurse Kellie was wonderful to my daughter. She was always able to put the IV in on the first try, causing my daughter little pain. After seeing Nurse Kellie several times, my daughter would laugh and play with her as she was receiving her IV. She knew Nurse Kellie would not cause her any pain. That may not seem like much, but when your two-, three-, and four-month is being stuck with a needle, it means the world to you that she isnt being hurt. Nurse Kellie also took the time to ask how I was doing, if I needed anything. This meant a lot because I was so consumed with the heartache of my daughters condition that I was not thinking of myself. Nurse Kellie is a walking angel. She is what all nurses should strive to be. She made me feel very comfortable and confident when my daughter was under her care.
Nominated by Brandee Nelson
Claire Fagan: Bringing Out the Kid in Timmy
Family Lives Home Care
Claire Fagan is an excellent nurse working two evenings a week with my son Timmy, a child with complex health care needs and profound disabilities. She helps us care for him so he is able to stay well and out of the hospital. Claire knows it is important to me that Timmy is a kid first and than a patient. We work to keep him happy, healthy, and strong. (He needs to be ready for Little League baseball season in the Challenger Division.) Her strong nursing skill has helped us keep Timmy home through many illnesses. No matter what it is, a G-Tube issue, an infection, a pneumonia, low body temperature, respiratory distress, or anything else Timmy throws at us, Clair is calm, cool, and ready to help me figure it out. Claires compassion shines through everything she does. She cares for Tim as if he were one of her own five children. I trust her skill, her knowledge, and her kind touch with my childs lifethat is why I salute Claire Fagan every day.
Nominated by Ellen Waddill
Carol Cohen: A Steady Hand at the Tiller of Care
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
Carol Cohen is a wonderful nurse practitioner. She has worked at the East Boston Health Center for more than 10 years. She treated me five years ago when I was pregnant with my second child. The prenatal care she provided at that time was exemplary. More recently, I have been seeing her for other ongoing medical issues. She takes the time to listen and brainstorms about possible diagnoses. She makes sure I understand every aspect of any procedure done to me. She will call me with test results and is persistent until she speaks with me. When coordinating procedures at other hospitals, she makes sure I have an appointment as soon as possible and that I know how to prep for the appointment and how to find the place. She treats me in a very caring and kind manner. Even during the most terrible procedures possible, she makes me feel at ease and reassures that I will be okay. Carol Cohen should be saluted as one of the best nurses in the field. She treats her patients with respect, dignity, kindness, and humility.
Nominated by Eneida Rodriguez
Doreen Walsh: The Most Important Lesson of All
I entered the world of nursing in September 2008 nervous and unprepared for the depth of dedication that would be required of me in the following 10 months. Nursing school was not so much college as it was a 10-month-long labor during which we students were reborn from average citizens to walking catalogs of medical knowledge. My midwife through this process was a nurse and instructor named Doreen Walsh. She taught our class about basic things like the endocrine system and emphasized the importance of hand washing in order to protect our patients from infection. More than the emphasis on facts and numbers, however, Doreen made the effort to teach me the virtues of patience and empathy. While working my Med-surg clinical at an area hospital under Doreens care, we had a woman patient who was rude, abusive, and demanded constant attention. By lunchtime I was feeling just as rude and abusive. It was then that Doreen pulled me aside and told me something that has become my motto as a nurse: We take care of patients when they are at their worst, and so we must always be at our best. I know this concept may seem elementary, but it was a complete revelation in the moment. The patient was not angry at me; she was just in pain and afraid. Through Doreens instruction, from that day on I began to see beyond a patients diagnosis and chart number and to treat the person instead. Because of the respect and patience Doreen showed me and her patients, I am a better nurse. She taught me that nursing is not a vocation of wealth, status, and personal achievement, but rather a path of patience, humility, and the opportunity to grant dignity to the vulnerable.
Nominated by Amanda Blake
Glendalis Grullon: Young Nurses Form Special Bond
Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston
I am a third-year nursing Student at Northeastern University and am currently working full-time on the Reconstructive Unit of Shriners Hospital as part of our co-op program. I met Glendy on one of my first days when she oriented me to the unit. I was instantly struck by her kind, gentle, and friendly nature. Also having attended Northeasterns nursing program just two years ago, Glendy and I bonded over our learning experience as nursing assistants at various hospitals. Like myself, she too had one of her co-op semesters at Shriners, and knew the instant she walked through its doors that she was destined to be a nurse there. Every single shift that I work with Glendy, she exhibits the same passion and dedication to her work that I know she did as a student. I admire her more than any nurse I have ever met. She is a team player, constantly picking up extra shifts when needed, and never sitting down for a moment until all of her coworkers are settled. In addition, Glendy always goes the extra five miles with her patients. A strong believer in the power of consistent care with children, she has even been known to pick up extra shifts just to be with patients who need a little special attention. You work so hard, Glendy, I always say to her. I absolutely love my job, she responds each time. Theres no better feeling than to be able to help a child through their individual struggles, even if all you manage to get from them is a smile. I cant imagine doing anything else. Nor can I imagine a better nurse to honor in The Salute to Nurses.
Nominated by Kayla Nader