NAHC to Honor the 2015 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year
October 28, 2015 10:12 AM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will honor the Nurse of the Year for 2015 on October 29 at the NAHC Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The Nurse of the Year recognition has been a tradition for NAHC and its affiliate, Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA), since 2011. This year, like previous years, thousands of agencies nationwide submitted candidates for America’s top home care and hospice nurses. The winners selected are remarkable not only for their clinical gifts, but also their gifts for empathy, compassion, and creative expertise.
This year’s Nurse of the Year is Sylvia Cruz, RN, of Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia.
“Our intent is to highlight the impact that home care and hospice nurses make day in and day out in the homes of millions of patients every day,” NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris said. “The home care nurses who we celebrate today are the most special of the most special.”
Helping to present this year’s award will be Kelley Johnson, who recently stole America’s heart as Miss Colorado when she used the talent portion of the Miss America Pageant to give a speech about her experiences as a nurse. Kelley Johnson hails from Windsor, Colorado, and is a graduate of Grand View University, valedictorian of her nursing class, and a proud practicing registered nurse.
In addition, NAHC will honor the first runner-up, Rose Braynard, of St. Jude Hospice in Urbandale, Iowa, and the second runner-up, Barb Malmberg of Avera@Home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Following is biographical information regarding Sylvia Cruz:
Ms. Cruz, with Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia, has been a home care nurse for over 17 years. She chose her path in nursing after a poor home care experience of her own, vowing to become a home care nurse who would be a blessing to her patients. NAHC is proud to recognize Ms. Cruz as such. Ms. Cruz typically works in impoverished areas, where language and economic barriers make many typical plans of care unrealistic for her patients. With her gumption and compassion she gives the gift of dignity to the poor. Ms. Cruz’s ability to bridge the gap for these patients through relentless discovery of creative solutions deserves distinction.
Read about all of our nominees here.