(Photo by Joe Grace)
"This is nothing I did alone," Browning said after accepting a commemorative award, a framed photo and a presentation bouquet from Nurse.comís Cheryl Portner, RN, MSN, vice president of staff development and training and nurse executive for the Greater Chicago region. "I couldnít do what I do without the amazing people I work with every day. ... Itís overwhelming. I really appreciate it."
The event was held after Browning was named one of six national winners of Nurse.comís Nursing Excellence Awards 2012. She won in the clinical care inpatient category, and a number of her colleagues praised her at the event, including her nominator Benson Wright, RN, MSN, Magnet program coordinator at Rush. It wasnít a particularly difficult nomination to put together, he said. "I just used the words of other people."
Some of those other people included David Baldwin, MD, head of the section of endocrinology; Donna Stel, RN, BSN, CCRN; and Marsha Mulbarger, RN, MS, CNML, director of adult critical care — all who spoke admiringly of Browning at the event.
"Melissa is so dynamic, and she is very interactive," Stel said. "She has definitely done a lot. Sheís an excellent communicator and she gets the word out." At the end of her speech, Stel turned to Browning and said: "You didnít ask to be the quality queen, but you wear the crown perfectly."
Joe Grace is a regional editor.
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