Each year as we salute nurses across the country during National Nurses Week from May 6 to May 12, Texas Children’s celebrated our incredible team of more than 3,000 nurses for their many successes, accomplishments and contributions to our patients and their families.
This year’s theme for Nurses Week was Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit. The Nursing Retention Council organized several activities that centered on health and wellness to remind our nurses how important it is to take care of themselves so they can provide the best care to their patients.
Nurses Week activities included educational presentations, grand rounds, blessing of the hands, meditation, massages, yoga, a healthy cooking demo and cake deliveries for all of the units.
On May 12, Texas Children’s Nursing Excellence Awards luncheon honored six recipients for their commitment to improving nursing care and patient outcomes.
The award honorees included:
Staff Nurse of the year: Sabrina Acuna
Preceptor of the year: Curt Roberts
Rookie of the year: Adeline Stephen
Leader of the year: Denise Tanner-Brown
APRN of the year: Kimberly Krauklis
Friend of Nursing: Dr. Jonathan Davies
Corie Harris became the first recipient of the 2017 David and Polly Roth Nursing Education Scholarship Fund during the awards luncheon. This education fund will provide tuition assistance for Texas Children’s employees who have worked in the organization for at least three years and are interested in pursuing a professional nursing degree. Click here to view photos of Nursing Excellence Awards.
The Houston Chronicle Salute to Nurses included nurse scientist Mary Gordon and Cindy Jordan from maternal-child health who were among the top 10 award recipients. Click here for more on the Houston Chronicle Salute to Nurses honorees.
In addition to the two nurses honored in the top 10, 27 Texas Children’s nurses were recognized as being among the top 150 in the Greater Houston area.
Mona Lisa Macapagal
Congratulations to our Texas Children’s nurses for their commitment to our patients and families.