In honor of National Nurses Week, HSHS St. John’s Hospital hosted a Nursing Exemplar Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 13. Below is the list of winners honored during the ceremony:

Charge nurse of the year                  
Bonnie Dietz, RN       
Nathan Knisley, RN

Educator of the year             
Toni Frank, RN          
Felicia Strauch, respiratory therapy    

Excellence in nursing                        
Amanda Bormann, RN
Matt Booker, RN        
Kelly Donaldson, RN
Velvet Frederick, RN
Michelle Goldsby, RN
Crispina Perez, RN     

Partner in nursing
Donald Holbert, surgical technologist            
Kailey Nashland, CNA
Alisha Tedrick , CNA
Bob Reynolds, environmental associate

Preceptor of the year                        
Sarah Brown, RN       
Jennifer Stephens, RN

Rookie of the year                 
Neehad Ahmad, RN
Ciarra Marrero, RN

Nurse Leader of the year
Charish Gibson, RN

“I am so proud of our Nursing Exemplar award winners who were recognized for their outstanding contributions to nursing,” said Allison Paul, interim president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “To be recognized by your peers is a high honor and speaks volumes about the dedication, competence and care shown by our colleagues.” 

Please join HSHS and St. John’s administration in thanking these health care professionals for their dedication, compassion and commitment to excellence.

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