In praise of nurses

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - —Mer­rill Goozner

Amer­ica’s 3.4 mil­lion nurses serve in a va­ri­ety of set­tings, from the bed­side to the Csuite and from the OR to the dean’s of­fice. Dur­ing most health­care vis­its, a nurse will be the first care­giver a pa­tient en­coun­ters. In a grow­ing num­ber of sit­u­a­tions, ad­vanced-prac­tice nurses, who typ­i­cally have mas­ter’s de­grees, will be the only care­giver a pa­tient sees.

Mod­ern Health­care launched its Ex­cel­lence in Nurs­ing Awards—which in its in­au­gu­ral year is spon­sored by the ANA En­ter­prise, the um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion that in­cludes the Amer­i­can Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion—to shine a spot­light on the di­verse and crit­i­cal roles th­ese clin­i­cians, man­agers and ex­ec­u­tives play in de­liv­er­ing high-qual­ity, com­pas­sion­ate care. We pro­file the three award win­ners in this spe­cial sec­tion.

We are es­pe­cially honored to present the Lil­lian Carter Ex­em­plary Acts in Nurs­ing Award—pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Lil­lian Carter Cen­ter for Global Health & So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity at the Emory Univer­sity School of Nurs­ing in At­lanta. The award rec­og­nizes a nurse or nurs­ing pro­gram that stands out for pro­vid­ing health­care in ar­eas of spe­cial need. It’s named af­ter Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter’s late mother, af­fec­tion­ately known as Miss Lil­lian, who worked as a nurse in com­mu­nity hospi­tals and nurs­ing homes be­fore, late in her ca­reer, join­ing the Peace Corps to con­tinue serv­ing and car­ing for oth­ers abroad.

More than 150 nom­i­na­tions were re­ceived for th­ese awards. We thank our judges, eight dis­tin­guished nurs­ing lead­ers (See p. 18), for tak­ing on the chal­leng­ing job of choos­ing among the many high-cal­iber nom­i­nees sub­mit­ted. We also thank all nurs­ing pro­fes­sion­als for their ser­vice.

Lil­lian Carter served as a Peace Corps nurse vol­un­teer in In­dia for nearly two years in the 1960s.

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