Below are the three finalists. Review each preceptor and vote for the winner on the next page.
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. One thing that I am forever grateful for was to have Sue as my preceptor during my senior practicum in a Neuro Intensive Care Unit. Sue wanted me to apply, but I was on a student visa, and that meant unless I found a way to change my status, I could only work in the The United States for a year after my graduation. Long story short, it was quite a journey to get me hired. Eventually, the hospital made an offer. The goal to get me hired was reached thanks to Sue's constant efforts. Without Sue and her unwavering support, I doubt an offer would even happen at all. She is the perfect example of going out of her way to help a new nurse. You see how much she advocated for me and expected nothing in return. Imagine how much she advocates for her patients. Every shift. And every day. Sue, I have said this so many times, but again, thank you for all that you are and for all that you do and have done for me and the people around you. I am forever grateful.
West Roxbury Veterans Affairs Hospital. Tom was more than a preceptor. He was a mentor, a captain, a guide, and a friend. He embodied the “see one, do one, teach one” method and encouraged me to achieve more in the SICU than I ever thought possible. Tom displayed true professionalism with me, while still forging a personal bond that helped me to trust in him and his teaching process. He, an Army Veteran himself, also acknowledged my dream to become a military nurse and nurtured that ambition to help me achieve it. Because of his guidance and faith in me, I am proud to be joining to Air Force as a nurse resident this January. Because of Tom, I am proud to be a USAF nurse today, and I’ll spend the remainder of my career doing my best to make him proud. He deserves every award for precepting that exists. He’s a gem and we need more nurses and teachers just like him.
Claxton Hepburn Medical Center. Stefany is truly a credit to our profession. Claxton Hepburn is a hospital in a small town close to the Canadian border. Due to high censuses and increased patient acuity, individual nursing loads can get quite high. She will stop what she’s doing to show new nurses how to administer a medication, teach appropriate technique, and ensure the safest practice. She will challenge a person or situation for the safety and well being of patients and/or staff. I dare say holds the entire hospital together. When I became prey of unwanted judgment due to my limited experience, she quickly stepped in to ensure this type of work environment wouldn’t be tolerated. Did I mention she works at two hospitals and was also training to be a flight nurse? She is an ambassador for organ donation and most recently spent one of her few off days sitting in the hospital lobby trying to enroll new donors. She is a nursing gem, and while I have since taken a job closer to home, I have stayed per diem at CHMC, an hour and a half drive away, to stay under her wing as she exemplifies a nursing hero. While the hospital is small and largely unknown, I didn’t want to pass up on the opportunity for the world to know what a true nursing hero looks like. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to nominate Stefany for this award.