ABPANC Advocacy Award Winners and Stories
The 9th annual ABPANC Advocacy Award was presented at the CPAN®/CAPA® Celebration Breakfast held April 20, 2009 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center, Washington D.C. Metro Area to Jonah Enriquez, BSN, CPAN, CAPA, who works in the PACU of Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Plano, Texas. This award publicly recognizes a CPAN or CAPA certified nurse who exemplifies leadership as a patient advocate and is the highest accolade given to a certified nurse. Nominated by her colleague— Glenda Goldberg, Glenda wrote a story describing many instances when Jonah truly advocated for perianesthesia patients.
Jonah was presented with the beautiful Lladro Nurse Statue, a scholarship for her next recertification fee, and plaque. Glenda, as the individual who took the time to submit the story, received a $100 cash award. The unit in which Jonah and Glenda work received a $350 award to use for certification/recertification fees, books, or continuing education.
“There are so many examples of how this year’s recipient of ABPANC’s Advocacy Award meets the award’s criteria. She is an incredible role model for all nurses in so many ways — personally, professionally, at work, and in the community.
She was the first in our unit to achieve national certification — she is both CPAN and CAPA certified. Now she mentors others to become certified as well. I’m one of those she’s mentoring.
She is one of the kindest and most patient nurses I have ever worked with. As charge nurse she is able to handle difficult situations with professionalism and compassion. She sits on many hospital-wide committees and is known for her ability to see outside the box. She not only works to improve patient care but our working environment as well. She helped all of us adjust to the new computer charting system, including physicians! When one employee was so frustrated she started to cry, this nurse quickly helped her through the process and they were both laughing in the end.
Her outstanding service to the community is just another example of how she stands out above the rest. She volunteered in the Philippines at a local hospital without modern technology and equipment. She volunteered locally as well, giving vaccinations to children. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty either — she volunteered to pick up trash in the community as part of the keep Texas beautiful campaign!
Many times I have witnessed her compassion as a caregiver. She has a unique way of putting families and patients at ease. She has an enormous heart for children —holding and caring for them as if they were her own. She has calmed many frightened parents too. She was caring for an infant when they brought the mother in to sit next to the crib. The mother was crying because her child looked so helpless. This nurse walked over to the mom with Kleenex in hand and gave her a big hug. She looked right into her eyes and told her everything was going to be ok. She had the mom sit and proceeded to scoop the child up, cords, and all, and placed her it the mother’s arms. She put warm blankets around them. All that mom needed was to be able to hug and kiss her baby.
One day, she was caring for a severely mentally challenged 37 year old patient. The patient’s family consisted of a wonderfully devoted sister. This CPAN and CAPA certified nurse went out to the waiting area and sat with the sister and talked about the patient and what would make him feel comfortable in the recovery room. When he arrived in the PACU he was visibly upset and scared. This nurse held his hand, brushed his hair from his eyes, calmly reassured him, held his hand and sang to him — for 30 minutes – until his sister could come sit with him.
A last example has to do with a new graduate nurse in our unit — who had no fear, and asked to take his first pediatric patient by himself. He was very sure of himself! Not long after the patient arrived, the 4 week old’s O2 saturation dropped lower and lower. As the parents watched, the new grad called out for help and my nominee was the first to reach him. She quickly helped the new grad work through his first code as well as keeping the parents updated. The new grad was visibly shaken and when it was over he could not have been more appreciative for all her help. I listened as she spoke to him and reassured him that’s what being part of a team is all about and we are all here for each other.
It isn’t just one thing or one story that makes her a perfect candidate for this award. It is all the little things that add up along the way and how she lives her life that makes her stand out above the rest. She is truly an inspiration for all nurses.”