Nurse Spotlights

Nurse Spotlights

Brenda Taylor, RN BSN CEN TCRN CCISM, Emergency and Trauma Nursing

Wallkill, NY

I am driven to be the best that I can be and to make a difference in the lives around me.

I am board certified in Emergency nursing and Trauma nursing. Additionally I am certified in Critical Incident Stress Management and as such am working to establish a team in my facility. I hope my efforts will help my coworkers mitigate the moral distress, compassion fatigue and burnout that is occurring throughout healthcare, first responders and contributing to alarming suicide rates.

I volunteer with the local county Medical Reserve Corp and have gone on medical missions to Ghana, Guatemala and Haiti as a critical care nurse volunteer.

I organized a small campaign to acknowledge and show gratitude to my critical care colleagues and several community first responder agencies during darkest days of the Covid 19 surge in our area.

I am both a Montefiore St Luke’s Cornwall Daisy Award Honoree and a former Hudson Valley Magazine Excellence in Nursing top 20 honoree. I don’t do what I do for awards or recognition but I am both humbled by and grateful for having been recognized. I hope my story and my path inspires others. Passionate, dedicated, hard working and driven to excel are the things that define me as a nurse.

Jackie Hill, RN, BSN, ICU

Traverse City, MI

Sometimes our identities are stripped from us as soon as we walk in the hospital door. We’re 1 of 400 plus nurses. Sometimes it is fun to wear the funky socks, scrub top, or scrub cap to add personality back into our culture. And we all know great culture is everything to help staff thrive in the workplace!

Michele Pipes, RN-BSN, DON LTC-Geriatrics

La Plata, MO

Nursing is my passion day in day out. The challenges i phase daily and also as s team are like “WoW”, but we look back, do some digging and move on. At times we don’t get to Know how we did overcome, but yeah we did It. Thumbs Up to all nurses.

Raziq Mubariz, CCRN, Critical Care/ICU

Urbana, IL

From being a translator supporting U.S. Army in Afghanistan to A Critical Care Registered Nurse caring for the sickest patients during the pandemic and beyond! A long way, lots of work and love learning and growing, that is what I do!

Stephanie Yellin-Mednick, MA (HSc.), BSN, RN, PHN, CSN, School Nursing Peds

Canoga Park, CA

Started wanting to be a Nurse at 5 and I let nothing get in my way of my goal of being an RN.

Vicki Snyder, RN, BSN, LSN, School Nurse

Chillicothe, OH

Nurse Vicki on Hat Day during homecoming week!

Treina Junes, RN, Ambulatory

Newcomb, NM

2020 Navajo Nation

Bivir Binyuy, Bsc-NMW, Nurse-midwife

Yaounde, AE

Nursing is my passion day in day out. The challenges i phase daily and also as s team are like “WoW”, but we look back, do some digging and move on. At times we don’t get to Know how we did overcome, but yeah we did It. Thumbs Up to all nurses.

Maria Celeste Espenida, RN, BSN, CRRN

Augusta, GA

Being recognized not only by patients but your colleagues means a lot to me. I came from Philippines and my family is far away from me. The fear of rejection at work and environment will always be there. With the current situation we are in from the Covid to Asian hate, I would always have the thoughts that I may not be able to function well at work because of fear. But everytime I step in to clock in, I tell myself, there are souls that needs my help and are more helpless and fearful than me. I should come in with strength to face the challenges that would come my way. Being a nurse for 23 years, have been a roller coaster ride. It’s not always like you are walking on air. I have laughed and cried. I always think that “what goes around, comes around.” Show your kindness and you will be treated with kindness. And that made me the Nurse of the Year.

Melanie Karratti, RN, PCU

Mesa, AZ

My husband Robert RN, sister in law Stacey RN and our daughter Kamri CNA all work together at the AZDH vaccine site.

Mia Mikka Anuddin, BSN,RN, Neuro nursing

Detroit, MI

Newbie nurse. Proud to be a nurse!

Mica Joyse Salvador

Lewes, DE

I work as a RN in an inpatient rehab in a hospital. I love my job and I enjoy taking care of people.

Olivia Scheele, RN, BSN, Public Health

Craig, CO

I was hired in December 2019 as the first nurse to pioneer our communities first county operated public health department. March 23rd 2020 rolled around and we had our first COVID-19 case in the county. Along with my director, we took the pandemic head on as a department of two women navigating the social, economic, political and physical health burdens of COVID-19. In August of 2020, we hired another RN and now we run the entire department as three strong and empowered women who never fear an obstacle and embrace challenges as an opportunity to learn and educate ourselves and others.

Mariles Mushet, BSN, RN, CCRN, ICU

Bloomfield, NJ

“The COVID-19 pandemic turned my fear into faith. As long as I’m able to, I will do it. This is my purpose. That’s what pushes me to go to work and I am proud of myself.”

Mary Resch, RN,BSN, Geriatrics

Rochester, NY

Started my career as a Candy Striper and nurse’s aid in the 1970’s and completed my career with this wonderful nurse, Anne May in 2021.

Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, FAAN, Nurse Scientist

Atlanta, GA

I became a nurse to be of service to human kind. My passion today is to inspire and empower the next generation of nurses a all levels of practice.

Kristen Ramirez, BSN, RN, FNP-student, ICU/PACU/Perioperative/telehealth

Orlando, FL

I’m a nurse, working to better myself for my patient through furthering my education. Advocate, educator, and friend! The founder and co-host of Nurses in the Know podcast @nursesknowshow a platform to embrace other nurses, inform others on the various wonderful avenues of nursing, and give back to the profession I love!

Maggie Waters, MSN student (FNP), BSN, RN,

Auburn, AL

This picture is a moment in which I was so proud to participate. It was the first day our hospital offered vaccines, and I was so excited to be able to receive it. This signaled the dawning of a new day and a new opportunity for our healthcare workers who have worked tirelessly to care for patients. Nurses have shown great strength and resiliency time and time again, and this season has been yet another example of the great sacrifices they make to provide compassionate, quality care for all patients. It was an honor to be eligible to receive the vaccine, to get to begin the process of protection for my family, my parents, my coworkers, my patients, and my community.

Maureen Clark-Gallagher, MS, RN, Education/PACU/NICU

Trenton, NJ

I am so proud to be the first nurse in my family but not the last! I have been a nurse for over 40 years and a career long ANA member and current president of the New Jersey State Nurses Association Region 4. I have two sons who are also RNs. My oldest son Daniel Marino MSN, RN, CCRN-K is a PACU nurse manager and my other son Michael Gallagher BSN, RN is a night shift NICU nurse. My graduation to both of them was an ANA membership which they continued to maintain.

Justine Wyma, MSN, School Nurse, Volunteer Ambulance Director

Sully, IA

I had a dual role facing COVID last year, serving a rural EMS comity (including patient safety, crew safety, and planning for county-wide staff shortages such as 1 volunteer service is out due to testing positive/quarantined). I worked with administration at our local school creating new protocols for full in-person learning. I completed all the contact tracing for student and staff members, and their families. I was blessed to have THE best local public health nurses! It’s been a year! Even though I was called a plethora of names, I love being a nurse! It’s my calling! This picture was posted by my local public health department promoting COVID vaccines. I organized 2 on-site clinics for staff.

Kathy Brown-Parton, RN, PACU

Chula Vista, CA

Covid tested our strength, our faith and our skills…it changed our lives, it took our lives and it made us reevaluate the true meaning of life. I’m not a hero I’m a nurse doing what I love, caring for others.

Lobel Lurie, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, Organizational Leadership in Supply Chain

Greensboro, NC

COVID-19 PPE availability could have been much more challenging if not because of Supply Chain product procurement. Being a nurse manager in Supply Chain, I have integrated clinical staff needs and clinical value analysis to have the safest PPEs for the safety of our patients and staff. The activities of PPE tracking for the health system was captured by the News and Record, our local paper.

Laura Brown, LPN

Kingsport, TN

I’m a single mom of 2 wonderful kids. I have a passion for psychiatric healthcare. I have been a mental health patient since childhood and also a parent of mental health patients. I’m hoping to continue my nursing education soon. With my lived experiences… both good and bad… i can help others get through their struggles.

Jacqueline McDermott, BSN, RN, CCRN, CRITICAL CARE

Lincoln, CA

My Journey, as a pandemic critical care nurse, ran the gamut of emotions. The Greater Sacramento area in Northern Ca was heavily impacted. I worked with a fantastic team in the emergency department and frequently floated to the Covid ICU to help when needed. I didn’t have time to have any emotions or feelings except for compassion for the mission to care for and calm the community’s fears. Every day I encountered Covid-19 positive patients. My friends and family called us heroes and thanked me. I may have suffered imposter syndrome, and as fatigue began to set it, so did fear there was no end and I would expose my family. Frustration, my patients were so acutely ill, and we were doing all we could. And shame when I, too, tested positive days before a vaccine was available for me. My experiences will have lasting impressions, and in post-pandemic times, I have advanced in my career as the acute care clinical educator for our eight Med/Surg Tele floors. I am as passionate as ever about this astounding profession and the service we provide to our community.

Diana Constantino, MSN, RN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, MSN, Primary Care

Paramus, NJ

Nurse practitioner, nursing professor, and board-certified nurse healing patients, teaching future nurses, and saving lives.

Hazel Delight Selorio, RN, Pre-op/PACU

Hollywood, FL

This is our Clinical Ladder Committee. We work to serve our patients, teach and mentor nurses. We go beyond what is expected of us. We live up to high standards and offer quality care to our patients. We render selfless love and devotions to our career. Though we work in different units, we attain our goals as a whole. We are the Clinical Ladder Committee of Memorial Regional Hospital South, Hollywood Fl.

Agnes Antony, RN BSN, Medsurg/Telemedicine

Omaha, NE

Born and raised in India and fulfilling the childhood dreams of a passionate RN in United States.The best way to enjoy every challenge is to Love what you do and proudly enjoying caring for people.

Ashley Garza, LVN, Physical Rehabilitation

San Antonio, TX

Photo after inserting my first IV!

Cynthia LaRocca, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, Education, Cardiac

Coram, NY

This photo is of me at work. My job is what I am most proud of in my career. Where else do we get to have an impact upon those who are making the difference. We get the opportunity to support, educate, create, share, build, among many skills and talents. We have a direct impact upon how the patients are cared for and the expertise of those caring for them. How proud am I to see those nurses perform without a thought during COVID. We were right beside them helping, educating, and supporting them in their moment of need. Educators are often overlooked because we do not bring in revenue, but without which skills and knowledge cannot be cultivated.

Brenda Larkin, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CNS-CP, CSSM, CNOR, Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist

Redmond, OR

I love being a perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist! I support Perioperative Registered Nurses in the delivery of evidence-based practice. This ensures that every patient, every time receives the best care possible.

Cesar Azenon, RNII, Public Healh

Covina, CA

I am Proud to be an RN!! Love my professional practice!!

Claire Washington, MSN, CRNP, APN-BC, Palliative Care, Cannabis Nurse Consultant

Philadelphia, PA

I’ve been a nurse for 41 years and an NP for 35 years. Nursing is my life and I could not have been happier with my career as a Substance Abuse treatment Nurse Practitioner, an Assistant Professor, a Clinical Instructor, a College Health Nurse Practitioner and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner. I am now taking all those experiences to progress into Cannabis Nurse Consulting to assist palliative and pain patients in reducing symptoms experienced.

Dana Hines, ARNP, Skilled Nursing

Greensboro, NC

The work we do in nursing homes is like taking care of our own families. When patients come to the nursing home it’s usually the final stop for a life well lived.

Christina Casella, RN

Wesley Chapel, FL

I was deployed to the VA in NOLA last year. My son is deaf and stayed with his dad. He had to go to an appointment and didn’t want to wear his mask. We FaceTimed so he could see me and all my coworkers wearing a mask. He now reminds everyone to put on a mask.