Nomination Letters – Boston Medical Center

Astride Barnard

Last year, during the Boston Marathon, I was away on business. My wife, who is a nurse at Boston Medical Center, was working the first of a three-day stretch, and she could not have known the horror she was about to face. Astrid and her colleagues did an amazing job treating so many bombing victims. She will not acknowledge that she did anything special, but I know otherwise. The emotional toll that event took on her was significant. To her, she was just doing her job. She is an amazing nurse.

—Nominated by Ken Barnard

Joanne Duncan

I had a procedure to terminate my pregnancy and Joanne was my nurse. She made me feel I was valued. She was sympathetic, empathetic, and made me comfortable. She didn’t judge me. She was so kind at this traumatic time in my life.

—Nominated by K. Hudson

Allison Kaelblein

It’s an unfortunate perception that nurses eat their young. As a nurse in training, I worried…would I be preyed upon because of my naivety and inexperience? Luckily, with the skill of the nursing coordinator and maybe the work of a higher power, I was paired with Allison. Smart, humble, and well respected, she nurtured my strengths and knew just what to say to help me learn and grow. Her steady patience allowed me to fix my own mistakes without having to suffer a critical sigh or eye roll. She embodies all that a nurse and teacher are supposed to be. I am the nurse I am today because of her.


—Nominated by Jenna LiCausi

Eunice MacAllister

Eunice is very approachable. She takes as much time as is needed with her patients. I never feel like I’m being rushed out of the room when she’s around. She takes the time to explain everything that needs to be done and why. She’s truly a great nurse. A nurse like Eunice makes it easy to forget the need for a doctor.!

—Nominated by Nicene Francis

Marsha Stevens

For over 15 years, Marsha has been the nurse administrating my photopheresis treatments. She has always been able to address any questions or problems I have, and she’s been so helpful in communicating them to the doctors. She is always concerned with my mental as well as physical comfort. Marsha goes well beyond what is required of a nurse.

—Nominated by Jean L. Ghesley

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