Nursing Award in 2022

The Health eCareers Nursing Awards were established to identify nurses and student nurses who are exceptional in their approach to patient care and the breadth of their clinical expertise. These distinctive honors reward five exceptional nurses with a $1,000 cash reward.

The five exemplary chosen from a list of nominees who are nominated by peers, co-workers, nursing students, health care team, family, patients, nurse leaders, and nursing staff. Nominees are not allowed to nominate themselves. Moreover, the nominations are only accepted for nurses who work and live in the U.S.A.

2022 Excellence in Nursing Awards

Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care

Marquita Morris SSM Healthcare & Home Health Foundation

At SSM Healthcare & Home Health Foundation, Marquita Morris is an on-call health care worker so she barely knows who she’ll see until her shift starts. She begins the day knowing how they were diagnosed, what they have taken, and where to buy it. The feeling of seeing other people is rewarding and fun. The hardest part of working on an assignment was letting families know that a loved one had passed away at the end of limbo. When we talk about families we must read these words and not say that the patient is actively dying.

Emerging Leader

Devita Stallings St. Louis University

A professor at St Louis University, Devita Stalling works for the university and conducts research. Stallings is currently working towards implementing new curriculum revisions which aim at the alignment of curriculum and classes. It did not have any effect on enrolling nurses at the university. The conventional program still receives a lot of applications,” she explains. The people in the community know nurses are viable options. The greatest benefit to her job:


Lan Trinh St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles.

When Lan Trinh began his nursing practice, he worked as a regular floor nurse. Then the regular floor was converted to a cardiology floor, where he decided to stay. Equally, when the hospital decided to open the night shift, Trinh thought he would give it a try, a shift he come to prefer the most. I have no morning routine,” he said. I can never take coffee at 7:50 a.m. but if it was a good coffee it would work well.


Mary Beck – Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

As a nurse coordinator for the neuro-oncology team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Mary Beck and her fellow nurses regularly care for young patients with brain tumors. She emphasizes the necessity of working closely with families and building trust.

One of the most rewarding aspects of her nursing profession is getting a simple “thank you” from the parents for making it easier for them. She contends that it is these little things that make their nursing career very rewarding. Besides, Beck emphasizes working in close partnership with families to build trust amongst themselves.


Donna Richardson – Washington University School of Medicine

As a clinical nurse coordinator for the division of newborn medicine, Donna Richardson and her colleague nurses track the growth and development of babies who stay in the neonatal care unit. Besides, Richardson is the coordinator for the congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CGH) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) clinic, which carries on to monitors the development of your patients. The resilience of the babies they attend to and that of their families is what constantly inspires her.

For Richardson, it is rewarding enough to see babies who are born prematurely leave the NICU and the babies with medical challenges get well and go home with their families, a happy outcome.

Nursing Education

Sara Kimmel – Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College

Sara Kimmel is a dedicated nursing leader and educator, even though she is pursuing a doctorate in nursing herself. More often than not, she is at her desk late into the night crafting supplies that serve as visual representations of her teaching style. Her former nursing student describes this teaching style as imaginative and hands-on.

Besides, the student notes that her dedication to making body systems and their pathologies come to life made her (the student) understand how the lungs, heart, digestive tract, circulatory system, and kidneys truly work. For Kimmel, imparting knowledge to future nurses is what makes her smile!

Emergency Department

Sarah Moorehead – Survival Flight Inc.

According to Sarah Moorehead, there is no typical day for an emergency medicine nurse. While some days are hectic, others are calm. You can be running traumas out of the hallways because they are coming faster than you can find space for them. However, for her, the biggest challenge has been navigating staffing and resources, especially during the pandemic. With over 10 years in her nursing career, she has never seen a time when a nurse is being asked to do so much with few resources. Yet, according to her, the pandemic has brought forth the resilience of the team.

Her advice to new nurses who aspire to work in emergency medicine or in the intensive care is that they should learn as much as they can in the telemetry or neuro unit and sharpen their skills. As such, when they are overwhelmed in the emergency department, they already have “Spidey senses” and the know-how to focus their priorities.

Intensive Care

Emily Crews SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Working in a special float pool in the intensive care unit, Emily Crews never knows what a shift might entail. For instance, she might be responding to emergencies or code blues, doing procedural work, or troubleshooting. For her, she like being in a position of being able to get to know individuals all through the hospital, across all settings, especially when she knows what the strengths and challenges are in each area.

Her advice to new nurses is to find someone to look up to and pick their brains. For her, that is what truly help shape her nursing career in each place she worked. They should ask them questions and how they got where they are. This will greatly mold the nursing profession. She enjoys having the opportunity to get to know newer nurses and helping them grow and build their skills and confidence in their careers.


Allison Rozum – SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

As an orthopedic trauma nurse team leader, Allison manages a staff team of 60 members, including nurses and clinical partners. She contends that there are many misconceptions about what orthopedic work involves. For instance, most people think of orthopedics as hip or knee replacements, however, gunshot wounds, car accidents, and ice slips patients fall under orthopedic work.

For Allison, the most challenging part of her orthopedics work is that no one expects to get into a car accident or get shot, as such, post-traumatic stress of often experienced after recovery. For these reasons, there is a need for all hands on deck from social work to case management to ensure the patient gets what they need. Allison loved the team effort in her working area!

Acute Care/Family Practice/General Medicine

Mary Jo Pierson – Barnes-Jewish Hospital

When it comes to details, Mary Jo Pierson has an eye. She helps ensure patients get all the essential antibiotics, and key lab work on file and that medications are available as needed. A colleague agrees that her conscientious care is, without a doubt, a model for all perioperative nurses to aspire to. Besides, she regularly works with more new and junior nurses to mentor and ensures consistent high-quality care.

With all of the masking and isolation during the pandemic, and being an advocate, listening to COVID patients and letting them know you are happy to see them makes a whole lot of difference.

Women’s Health

Barb Gaal – Barnes-Jewish Hospital

During antepartum treatment, barb gaal takes time for patients to understand it. As an acquaintance noted Barb has rarely been seen in the hallways because of her time with patients in their rooms. When collaborating with patients: “I like engaging patients in plans. I don’t like when people tell me ‘OK we’ll do this.’ I like when someone says:’This is what’s going to happen.’ Educators.


Verna Hendricks-Ferguson – Saint Louis university nursing school

Saint Louis University Nursing School Verna Hendricks-Ferguson spends most days on Zoom calls with colleagues and has worked on research projects in seven countries. The Zooms have paid off. She has studied palliative and end-of-life communication strategies that have helped her develop the ability to change things. She is also a mentor to visiting researchers and doctoral students. in a positive way.


Lindsey Wilson – Memorial Health Sciences Belleville

As a nurse manager, Lindsey Wilson usually gets to work earlier on the previous shift. She divides her responsibilities into buckets including the care, quality and customer care. Is it really an issue for her to cope with this epidemic and how can it help her? Lead by example while being kind and loving towards others.

Medical-Surgical Nursing

Lindsey Gause – Memorial Hospital Belleville

After completing a nursing degree at Webster University in Spring 2019, Lindsey Gause serves as a nursing supervisor for surgery where approximately 60 patients were managed. She aims at creating a culture in which people stay. One employee said she admires them very much. “She probably doesn’t realize it, but she is very important to me. In March 2019 the hospital opened its first nurse unit.


What is the most prestigious nursing award?

Florence Nightingale Medal This award represents the highest honor for international nursing.

Who Is World’s Best nurse?

Florence Nightingale is the greatest nurse on this list. She began nursing in 1851 and traveled to Turkey to assist British troops in fighting in Crimea.

What future changes are expected in nursing?

According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, nurse practitioner jobs are anticipated to rise by 31% in 2014 and 24,000 jobs by 2030.

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