An excellent director and role model, Erna is extremely diligent and compassionate in both teaching and delivering quality nursing care. I’ve had the privilege to observe her go out of her way to perform her duty as not only the director of this nursing agency but also as a compassionate nurse. On Jan. 31 at exactly 9 a.m. a student in our Nurses Aid Training Program fainted and began slipping into unconsciousness very fast. Erna responded to the code alert quickly. She took charge of the situation, stabilized the student, and escorted him to ER where his condition was evaluated and resolved. Erna stayed with this student in the hospital and kept in touch with his family overseas until he was back to baseline.
—Nominated by Mary-Pat Uzoma