About 125 Houston-area RNs were nominated by their peers for exemplifying excellence in teaching, mentoring, leadership, and service and were recognized as bronze medal nominees. An awards selection committee chaired by Ann Scanlon McGinity, senior vice president of operations and chief nursing executive of The Methodist Hospital, Houston, selected five Gold Award winners and five silver medalists from the nominees in the following categories:
Clinical Practice in a Large Hospital — Olinda Pruitt Johnson, RNC, MSN, CNS, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, Houston
Clinical Practice in a Small Hospital — Heather Sharp, RN, BS, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Humble, Texas
Nursing Education: Clinician — Michelle Eppers, RN, BSN, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston
Nursing Education: Faculty — Huberta Corazon Thiam Cozart, RN, MS, Prairie View (Texas) A&M University College of Nursing
Clinical Practice in a Large Hospital — Beverley LaMoth, RN, MSN, OCN, The Methodist Hospital
Clinical Practice in a Small Hospital — Holly Avery, RN, BSN, Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Clinical Practice in a Hospice /Home Health Care/Clinic/Other Setting — Sandy Stacy, RN, Bering Omega Community Services
Nursing Education: Faculty — Annette C. McClinton, RN, MSN, PhD, Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing
As the state’s largest nurse scholarship program, Good Samaritan Foundation has granted more than $14.6 million to more than 12,000 students enrolled in nurse education programs and provides support for LVN to doctoral students, according to a news release. The foundation seeks excellence in nursing by increasing the profile of nursing; attracting new young people to the field; alleviating the severe shortage of qualified nurses and nurse faculty by granting scholarships directly to students; supporting nursing school faculty programs; and encouraging increased collaboration among the hospitals, nursing schools, and Greater Houston community.
Photos courtesy of Alexander's Fine Portrait Design and Good Samaritan Foundation.