Jennifer has been a nurse with Nurses for Newborns since 2010. Nurses for Newborns provides a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing in-home nursing visits which promote healthcare, education and positive parenting skills. In February 2019, she was awarded the Sharon Rohrbach Lifetime Award for nursing for her hard work and dedication to the care of newborns and women in need.
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.
Jennifer is a nurse coordinator for children undergoing stem cell transplants for life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, immune problems, sickle cell disease and bone marrow failure. She is an extraordinary example of a true nurse in this role. She coordinates very complex care for these often very young patients and their families by arranging for visits, tests, appointments, etc. and ensures that their transplant proceeds in the best way possible.
I am nominating her not only because she does her job well but also because she performs her tasks with her heart in it and is always looking for ways to make it better and easier for our patients and families. Her professional dedication, care and concern are great examples for the whole team - doctors, nurses and ancillary staff alike. We wish we could clone Jen into other areas of our practice outside transplant!
Jeese has been a BJC magnet nurse at Barnes Hospital for 35 years in psychology. Jesse is loved by patients, staff, management and head nurses for his generosity, work ethic, personality and ability to get things done every day. He maintains a cool head under pressure with the leadership skills to bring things under control when engaged in stressful, dangerous situations.
My 90-year-old friend fell in his home and was hospitalized for 10 days at Mercy Heart Hospital in Creve Coeur, with painful broken ribs and other ailments. His physician suspected heart problems, and [the patient] was dejected and depressed. Then, along comes a shift nurse, Jessica, who changed his outlook from dismal night to a bright sunny day, despite his confinement. Her charm, smile and laughter helped Greg deal with his pain, as did her compassion and understanding. Jessica took charge of the room with speed and alacrity, quickly responding to her geriatric patient's medical and emotional needs. She is truly exceptional and will always have my respect and admiration for her professionalism and kindness in her care of my friend.
Mrs. Haynie is one the most exceptional nurses I've had the pleasure of working with. She goes above and beyond for the patients that we care for in the Washington University Clinical Research Infectious disease clinic. She meets their physical, emotional and spiritual of needs without hesitation. She is often found at work after hours trying to contribute her skills in making the clinic a better place. She inspires and uplifts the lives of the people that are around her. I nominate her as a mentor and huge contributor to the profession of nursing.
Julie is one of those nurses that uplifts all of those around her. She is the most giving, caring and compassionate nurses that I have ever worked with. She is an energy force for all that is good and is constantly in a state of multitasking. Julie is an outstanding oncology nurse on a staff of a whole lot of amazing nurses. She is absolutely loved by her patients and colleagues. What separates Julie is her constant involvement in helping us all professionally as in committees, and professional development processes, and anything for boosting morale of our staff.
Julie goes way beyond being a nurse and is an outstanding human. Julie singlehandedly manages the care of a friend that has been a quadriplegic since a car accident. She helps him with all issues involved in his care and has set up and maintains a foundation to see it funded. Julie has organized a golf tournament and a night at the races of to support this young man’ s needs.
Julie also assisted one of our young mothers that was losing her battle with cancer recently. Julie raised the money to provide her and her family to go on a tour of Christmas light.
In short, Julie is an amazing nurse, highly skilled and deeply compassionate that is constantly helping others both professionally and personally. She deserves this recognition for her outstanding compassion and care.
Justin has been a registered nurse with a BSN for almost 10 years. He currently works in the operating room as a RNFA and has a great rapport with his patients, MDs and co-workers. He offers to work extra shifts when needed and takes call for co-workers when they ask. His smile and ability to put people at ease is his best quality after his dedication to the job.
Since I just retired from the same hospital he works in (after 40 years), I have had many employees tell me how great of a nurse my son is which makes me so proud.
Because of the hospital’s patient-first philosophy, Karen Bauman knew Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital was the right fit for her the minute she first stepped in the door in 2001. Today, Karen continues her compassionate care for patients and supervises 10 nurses and five certified nurse assistants (CNAs).
Since children are typically at Ranken Jordan for several weeks, Karen makes a point to get to know the patients and families well and finds the connections rewarding. Because Ranken Jordan cares for many children with complex psychosocial and socioeconomic situations, Karen places a strong emphasis on caregiver training.
Karen leads by example and is a role model that exemplifies the Ranken Jordan core values. Karen’s attitude is rooted in the “yes” philosophy that is an essential part of Ranken Jordan’s culture. That means there are no obstacles, just opportunities. Her “yes, we can” mantra motivates her team and overcomes occasional challenges such as short staffing. Karen’s positive attitude also guides her in managing out-trips around the community even with children on ventilators. With her can-do spirit, she makes sure children don’t miss out on trick or treating, Cardinal baseball games or visits to the zoo. In the winter, she works with her team to enable kids to play in the snow—so kids can be kids. Karen believes children’s happiness is paramount and she always sets the example of putting children first.
Karri is an amazing, top-of-the-line grace and God-fearing lady. She is the best of best at being so caring and compassionate.
While overseeing a region from Washington, MO to Vienna, MO, including 10-plus buildings and just as many nurses, she lends an ear, a hug, advice and teaching while lending support to her team and building each person up to be the best individual that they can be.
As this extraordinary lady handles all the stress at work, she prays and lends her caring, loving, strength to her family with her husband's cancer diagnosis. She is one of a kind person and nurse.
Kathy has been with this young man since he was a little baby and is still continuing with him. He is now high school age. He has had a trac tube ever since he was an infant. Not only does she care for his physical needs but she has also taught him sign language. Kathy will often bring him to her family events. Kathy is the most loving, caring and generous person I know. In addition, Kathy takes him to different events on her own time especially to Target, occasionally, to get his favorite toy, a Hot Wheels car. DJ is very lucky to have Kathy for his nurse but she would say that she is the lucky one.
Kelli has never complained since I have known her about the hours nurses have to adhere to in their profession and continuously posts on social media her love for nursing and helping serve those throughout the community.
She inspires all she encounters with her infectious smile, and lets them know they are more than a just patient in the hospital.