Gloria Kindzeka, RN, of Hiawatha Home Care in Minnesota, has been named the 2013 Amazing Nurse by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursings Future.
More than 1,300 nurses received nominations for the honor, and Kindzeka, a native of Cameroon, beat out nine other finalists in voting that was open to the public. More than 22,000 votes were cast.
Kindzekas nomination was submitted by the mother of a young girl named Kate, who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by craniosynostosis. Kindzeka has cared for Kate through the almost 50 medical procedures she has undergone to protect her brain and development.
Kindzeka provides Kate with dental care, medications, respiratory treatments, hygiene and therapeutic playtime. She accompanies Kate to preschool and helps the other students see that although Kate may look different, she is more like them than they know, Kates mom wrote.
Said Kindzeka: Knowing that the care I provided changed someones situation for the better makes me happy. Its also very rewarding when I see how much my patients appreciate the little things I do while caring for them, like making them comfortable throughout the healing process.
The other 2013 Amazing Nurse finalists were Martha Bredestege, RN, of Hospice of Cincinnati; Lucy Pearl DiDominic, RN, a private duty homecare nurse in West Haven, Conn.; Angela Krach, RN, of MD Anderson in Houston; Kevin Mollenhauer, RN, of Sycamore Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio; Marcia Sampson, RN, of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro, N.C.; Mary Pat Serrano, RN, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; Alejandro Soto, RN, of the Memorial Medical Center ICU in Modesto, Calif.; Kathy Wilfong, LPN, of ResCare Northeast Agency in Weston, W.V.; and Genevieve Yhap-Zebro, RN, of Sacred Heart School in South Amboy, N.J.
Contest information: www.amazingnurses.com.
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