Ann is dedicated, hard working and highly experienced nurse. Always pleasant and courteous despite demanding doctors and patients and a large staff to manage.
Leading up to National Nurses Week in May, we will feature a weekly A-Z collection of the top nominations from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s #CelebrateNurses contest.
We are celebrating nursing professionals in the St. Louis area who were nominated by their coworkers, patients or anyone whose life was impacted by a nurse. Entry and photo submissions are from the nominator’s point of view.
Anne is a sociologist / medical nurse practitioner / psychology nurse who teaches at SLU. She cares for the mentally challenged. She works at John Hopkins and in Jefferson Barracks. Self directed and highly effective in her professional endeavors. And she has lots of degrees to match her pursuits.
Ashley is the school nurse at Craig Elementary School. She is so kind and compassionate with all of these kids. She has a huge closet of clothes for kids that come to school in need of clean clothes. My daughter is Hypoglycemic and Nurse Gunn has always made sure she has extra snacks for her in case she runs out. She goes out of her way for ALL the students and they love her and confide in her
Ashley has been my visiting nurse for 3 years in a row for my Medicare program. She is knowledgeable, thorough, takes all time necessary to discuss my health concerns and give her opinion when I ask--all this in my own home. Plus, she is available if I want to contact her at any time. She represents Medicare extremely well.
Betsy always goes above and beyond to take care of her patients, as a nurse. She works at Mercy, St. Louis, taking excellent care of her patients, in the Cancer Care Unit. These two gentleman In the photo are World War ll Veterans. In the photo, Betsy takes time to have lunch and visit with them, as well. She is a true angel.
Bonita is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. She has been a nurse for almost 50 years and recently celebrated her 70th birthday. The majority of her time as a nurse has been spent in St. Louis Children's Hospital's Heart Center, where she cares for some of the sickest and most needy kids in the Midwest. To keep their spirits' up, she plays games with them, brings them new and interesting toys (like mini drones and robots) and makes them laugh. She also helps run the Heart Center's Camp Rhythm every summer. After enduring a recent heart health scare of her own, she was back to work within a month and plans to retire shortly after celebrating her 50th year in nursing next fall. This is the perfect time to honor such an amazing woman and such an amazing nurse!
Well for starters she is my fiancé and the most amazing person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. She has been a nurse for 10 years and worked at Barnes Jewish ER for the last six years. She was born to help people. She has four amazing children and a soon to be step child. Bre recently had a heart attack in September where she had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection at only 37 years old. She literally died and was brought back to life. Still she goes in, works her butt off 12 hour days and saves peoples lives. She has an amazing heart filled with love and has made a huge impact in my life and others. She’s a do-it-all nurse from level 1 traumas in the trauma bay to helping in the psych pods. Bre takes her job very seriously and can always be counted on by her superiors.
Brittanie has been a go-getter since she started her nursing career on 4 north at SSM Cardinal Glennon. Approximately 1 year ago, Brittanie transitioned into a new role from pediatric oncology staff nurse to pediatric oncology nurse coordinator. Brittanie has really shined in this new role! Brittanie gives her best from the minute she walks through the door. First of all, She is the most amazing patient advocate I have ever seen!! She navigates the families through the scary oncology process with her personal touch. She has an open casual way about her bedside manner and treats everyone like they are family. She also goes above and beyond with our palliative patients and recently traveled to a patients home in Washington, Missouri to support the family and patient at the end of life because they were afraid. She has jumped through many hoops to ensure these end of life patients are comfortable by coordinating care between pain team members, physicians and most of all the families. Her families and coworkers are thankful for all she does! Brittanie is what every nurse should strive to be!!
I seriously cannot put into words what this woman means to me. The first night we had her as our nurse, we immediately clicked. Not only is she one of the BEST nurses on the floor, but she talks to us like we are family and will sit and explain things to us that we do not understand or things that we are worried about. My daughter is very timid of people after everything she has been though, and Brittany is one of like 2 nurses that [my daughter] will actually interact with and talk to. A year at the hospital and we seen these nurses more than anyone else so a lot of them became family to me. Brittany always goes above and beyond for not only her patients, but her patients parents and her co-workers. If anyone on the Oncology floor deserves to be recognized, it is MY Brittany!
NOMINATION 1: Newly graduated nurse with a heart for nursing. She loves being a nurse. She is a nurse with good bedside manner, she speaks with kindness and doesn't forget to do the small things like listen or hold a patients hand to comfort them.
NOMINATION 2: Brittney has worked hard to get through nursing school while working with kids gymnastic and never gave up between her studies work and travel with her gymnastic girls. Such a strong hard working woman she has turned out to be.
Cara has been a nurse for 20 years and all of those years she has spent in labor and delivery. She comes into work day in and day out with a smile on her face and a heart full of love to share with her coworkers and her patients.
Cara's calm and patient demeanor helps her to help those mothers who may be frightened at this new experience called labor. Her wonderful sense of humor is perfect for those mothers who need an intense situation lightened or who just enjoy a good laugh. And lastly, Cara's determined mind helps natural mother's who want to go without an epidural to see their birth plan through. I believe Cara's specialty is just that, natural labors. She is the perfect person to stay by a laboring mother's side, offering words of encouragement and love during this painful time.
She always puts her patient's needs first. Cara cries with her patients but more often she laughs with her patients. We joke with Cara that her name badge is going to fall to the ground with the amount of Daisy nominations that she has. I hope only one day that I can be as great of a nurse as she is!