5 Most Inspirational Nurses in the News


Who inspired you to become a nurse or nurse practitioner?

Chances are it was another nurse or NP who modeled exemplary care, compassion, leadership and passion in their roles advocating and caring for patients.

For me, it was my aunt, who worked over 25 years as an OR nurse. Later, in the early 90’s, I was inspired to pursue higher education in nursing by my mentors at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Dr. Betty Ferrell and Dr. Marcia Grant, who dedicated their lives to studying and improving patient quality of life

Today, I still look to my colleagues, who inspire me to pursue education and excellence in nursing and patient care.

There’s no need to look further than the internet or newspaper to find many inspirational nurses in the news.

Here are just 5 of the most influential nurses making headlines today.

If you know an inspirational nurse, I would love to hear about them.

1. Dr. Loretta Ford, PNP, FAANP, co-founder of the nurse practitioner education program in 1965, Ford was recently inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for her work, which has led to more than 140,000 nurse practitioners in the U.S. who have the ability to assess, diagnose, treat and evaluate. Read more about Ford’s life and career.

2. Lt. Col. Sandra McNaughton, FNP, an Army family nurse practitioner, helped care for Afghan women and children at more than 30 locations in their country. “They never had care in their lives,” she said in a recent interview for The Courier-Journal.com. “Many patients had to travel long distances and brave threats from the Taliban.” Read the full story in The Courier-Journal.

3. Robert D. Donaldson, NP-C, clinical director of emergency medicine and president of the hospital’s medical staff at Ellenville Regional Hospital in upstate New York was selected as one of the top 20 Health Leaders of 2011 by Health Leaders Media. If that isn’t enough, Donaldson is a “volunteer pilot for an organization that helps transport patients to hospitals, using his own six-seater Cessna 210.” Read Donaldson’s full interview with HealthLeaders Media.

4. Allison Batson, RN, transplant nurse at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, went above and beyond the call of duty by donating one of her kidneys to a patient earlier this month. When asked why she would risk her life for a stranger she said she “hopes her story will make others aware of living donations.” Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

5. Lillie Shockney, RN, 2011 recipient of the Johnson & Johnson Amazing Nurse Award, her 40th award, Shockney is a two-time breast cancer survivor and administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center who has has worked tirelessly to improve the care of breast cancer patients around the world. In addition, she is a published author and nationally recognized public speaker on the subject of breast cancer. She has written 13 books and more than 200 articles. Read more about Shockney’s life and career.

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