A nurse at Vanderbilt University has become one of only two nurses awarded a REAL Award for 2014. The award honors inspiring healthcare workers who are saving lives around the world.
Judy Dodd has worked as a nurse for 21 years, and currently works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt. She told AL.com that she found her calling as a nurse when she first began working in the NICU at Huntsville Hospital.
REAL Award honorees come from around the world and must be nominated by someone who has been inspired by the healthcare worker. Dodd was nominated by her daughter, who wrote that her mother was was not only a great nurse, but also a generous, kind person.
In addition to honoring health workers, the awards are designed to “spread the word about the vital work of health workers around the world.” They are nationally sponsored by foundations and companies including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Merck Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline. Other honoree categories include doctors, pharmacists, public health officer and physicians assistants.
Would you ever honor a coworker or friend by nominating them for an award? Have you in the past?