As a nurse, you’re probably already aware that you belong to a community quite unlike any other.
Maybe it’s the night shift, maybe it’s some of the more “trying” patients or maybe it’s simply a mutual understanding of the trials and tribulations that are inevitable when your chosen path is fueled by a desire to help heal people. Maybe it’s everything all at once, but one thing is for certain: apparent among nurses is a kind of camaraderie that we at Scrubs are honored to represent.
And here’s proof (seriously, there are numbers).
Earlier this month, Ansell Healthcare announced the 10 winners of its H.E.R.O. Nurse Service Award. To qualify, every candidate had to first receive an official nomination from one of his or her peers. Then came a voting period; this year, 32,172 votes were cast on behalf of exceptional nurses.
So what does that mean? It means that 32,172 men and women embraced the opportunity to express admiration, appreciation and respect for a colleague; and that, folks, is a beautiful thing (not to mention the 50,000 percent increase in voters over the past year, but who’s counting, right?!).
As part of the program, Ansell will be featuring each winner on its website. Of course, we’d like to extend our own digital handshake and a head nod to the following individuals, because to stand out in particular as a star among stars is no easy feat: Grace Gildea, Patricia Decker Boniello, Betsy Ball, Marilyn Azuelo, Jodi Gauthier, Linda Easter, Rita Sanders, Jeanne LaFountain, Belva Dyer and Jennifer Butch.
Finally, we’d like to offer a proverbial “cheers” to all 32,172 voters, whose very actions confirm that even if it is indeed a “dog eat dog” world out there, sometimes it simply isn’t. Let the sound of solidarity ring.