For years, my sister and nominee, Lisa Govoni, was a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she received numerous commendations from grateful patients to whom she provided superior care. Relocation led to her presetn position as a pediatric nurse with Wareham Pediatrics. Throughout the years, in addition to the duties of her professional life, Lisa raised two children, catered to the various medical needs of aging parents, and answered all inquiries of a medical nature for her five siblings and their families. She is currently responsible for much of the medical care for our 95-year-old father. I thought Lisa had reached a pinnacle in my eyes a few years ago when she not only provided medical information and assitance, but then also became the donor for our brother in need of a stem cell transplant. Well, it wasn’t quite the pinnacle yet. At the beginning of January 2013, one of our brothers lost his leg in a tragic situation. Lisa has been a constant presence throughout his three surgeries, rehabilitative care, and now as he begins the process of being fitted with a prosthetic leg for his above-the-knee amputation.
Knowledge and experience surely are important components of any nursing situation. However, the qualities that make a truly great nurse are those that I have witnessed in my sister. The selflessness, dedication, encouragement, and loving compassion that she has displayed throughout this latest medical trauma go far beyond anything expected or imagined. Most people appreciate nurses in a hospital setting or doctor’s office, but having a nurse, especially one like Lisa, in the family is a gift and a blessing. She has sacrificed so much for so many of us. She is, quite simply, our hero.
—Nominated by Louise Snyder