Some people are just destined for greatness
They’re the nurses patients can never forget, the caregivers colleagues aspire to emulate, and the men and women who go above and beyond for their patients, giving of themselves in countless ways. They’re superheroes in scrubs, and we want to honor them for the incredible and inspiring work they do each and every day.
We plan to feature several amazing caregivers as part of our Caregiver Stories series. Help us identify these unique nurses – these diamonds in the rough.
When Pam Mizerany, RN, learned that one of her best friends and fellow nurse at Tampa General Hospital, Debbie, was in dire need of a life-saving kidney, she immediately raised her hand to help. Fortunately for Debbie, the pair of friends were a perfect match. Hear more about Pam and her selfless act, and the deep bond that exists between them that allowed both to continue doing what they love: caring for their patients.
"It means everything, this gift of life that she graciously gave to me – and wouldn’t take no for an answer. It means everything because [without Pam] I don’t even know if I would even be here.”
– Debbie Ismer, RN
Pam Mizerany, RN and Debbie Ismer, RN
Throughout the year we will select the stories of several standout nurses to feature in our Caregiver Stories series.
We know all caregivers are amazing. Please be sure to include what truly sets your nominee apart from all the other incredible caregivers out there.
In March 2020, COVID-19 arrived in Baton Rouge, LA. Ochsner Medical Center ICU nurse James Bamber and his wife Katie Bamber – also a nurse and in her third trimester with the couple’s fourth child – knew they had to do something drastic to keep their patients and family safe from the virus. Together, they made a decision that would leave an indelible mark on their family: James would move in with his sister until their son was born, and – for the first time in their marriage – he wouldn’t be able to be present for the birth. As James told us, “It’s a small sacrifice to make compared to what our patients and their families are going through.” Thank you, James and Katie Bamber, for your selflessness and sacrifice, sense of purpose and your perspective. The world is a brighter place with caring and compassionate nurses like you in it.
"James' story is everyone's story. James' story is unique in the sense that he went through having a new child in the middle of this."
– Eric Rogers, ACNP
Although on paper Judy Gay, NP, retired from a decades-long career in nursing in 2019, she’s never stopped visiting and advocating for the chronically ill children who were under her care at Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health in Macon, GA. Dr. Edward Clark, one of the doctors Judy worked closely with for many years, said it best: “Judy is the wonder woman of pediatrics.” We couldn’t agree more. Thank you, Judy, for all that you’ve done and all that you’ll continue to do for these children and their families.
“Judy took the care we had to offer in the ICU and made it available to these kids at home. When there was no system existing to do that, Judy was the whole system.”
– Dr. Lowell Clark
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