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Our Nurses Honored at National Magnet Nurse of the Year Awards

November 01, 2011

Woman’s nurse Kristy Simmons, RN, CNOR was honored as national Nurse of the Year for Exemplary Professional Practice by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and April Morris, RN was named the Protector in Superheroes of Nursing by Mosby’s Nursing at the ANCC National Magnet Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland on October 4-6, 2011. ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. This is the first time they have given the Nurse of the Year Awards, and Simmons was one of only five recipients nationwide. Nominees were judged by a panel of nurse experts for innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk taking.
A perioperative surgical nurse at Woman’s for 27 years, Kristy Simmons’ professional excellence and a passion as a patient advocate was noted through her many achievements including developing perioperative policies to improve patient care; being published about the proper care of non-English-speaking patients; encouraging nursing careers among local high school students and mentoring college students, and working with the international community by organizing a medical clinic for underserved women in Mexico and responding to the Japanese earthquake.

(Left to right) husband Jon Simmons, Kristy Simmons, daughter Elizabeth Simmons, and son Andrew Simmons.

 April Morris, RN, Charge Nurse - Neonatal Intensive Care at Woman's was named a winner in the Mosby's Nursing Superheroes of Nursing, a contest aimed to search and identify the real-life superheroes in the nursing profession. The contest was part of a nationwide Facebook campaign to recognize nurses who represent four key categories - The Validators, The Achievers, The Educators and The Protectors - and identify how they address the issues they face daily. Morris was named the “Protector” and called “a real nurse and leader who can manage the most critical patient assignment. She is a Superhero of nursing, for nursing, of patients and for patients,” said Mosby’s website.

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