In late 2019, the World Health Organization deemed 2020 “The Year of the Nurse.” Although it may seem as though COVID-19 has overshadowed this theme, we think it has amplified why 2020 is The Year of the Nurse, more than ever.
During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, we thank and honor all UW Health nurses for banding together in the face of this worldwide pandemic, with grace and dedication. They are on the frontlines bravely facing whatever comes their way. They are heroes and we are forever grateful.
Nurses Week also gives us a distinct opportunity to pay special recognition to a few exceptional employees who exemplify compassion, skill and an outstanding commitment to patient care and the professional practice of nursing.
We are proud to announce our 2020 Nursing Excellence Award recipients and nominees.
Meet Our 2020 Nursing Excellence Award Recipients
Support Staff, Clinical: Catherine Jones, Medical Assistant
Support Services, Non-Clinical: Patrick Van Eyck, Health Unit Coordinator
Rising Star: Fiona Bennett, BSN, RN, Pediatric ICU
Clinical Nurse, Clinics: Anna Bast, BSN, RN, Family Medicine
Clinical Nurse, Critical Care: Angela Kurth, BSN, RN, Cardiac ICU
Clinical Nurse, Home Health and Coordinated Care: Amber Brunner, MSN, RN, Coordinated Care
Clinical Nurse, Medical: Eden Larson, BSN, RN, Medical and Surgical
Clinical Nurse, Pediatrics: Katie Elmer, BSN, RN, Pediatric General Medicine/Surgical
Clinical Nurse, Surgical: Alyssa Holt, BSN, RN, Medical/Surgical and Short Stay
Clinical Nurse, Surgical and Procedural Services: Sally Temple, RN, Operating Room
Primary Nurse: Ann Shefchik, BSN, RN, Pediatric ICU
Leadership and Advanced Practice: Nicole Kalscheur, MSN, RN, Employee Health and Wellbeing
2020 Nursing Excellence Award Nominees
UW Health recognizes all nominees for their valued contributions to patient care:
W. Steven Hughes
Jennifer Kooiman Mohr
Mary Ellen O’Leary
Patrick Van Eyck
Mary Faith Welling