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2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife Award

The winners are:

 • Krystal Burdine, LPN. Cincinnati, Ohio
• Claudine Bruff, RN. Brockton, Massachusetts
• Denise Pegram, LPN. Reading, Pennsylvania
• Nickia Minus, LPN. Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania
• Pebbles Ward, CNA. Orlando, FL

“In 2020, this pandemic has truly defined my position as a nurse. If by chance I had ever doubted my ability to fulfill the role as a great nurse, this year alone has certainly shown me that I am. In addition to that, I have been able to witness the true hearts of co-workers and staff who are the same as me. A hero to me is one who not only has the ability to do, but the heart to keep doing.”

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Nickia Minus, LPN

“I worked three months straight with no days off because the patients needed me, they needed a compassionate nurse to hold their hands during this crazy time…”

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Claudine Bruff-Lopes, RN

“I made it my mission to work with this resident to see if I could somehow make her day and put a smile on her face. I made time to sit down and talk to her, listen to the stories of her past from what she could remember, and just made her feel important and as if she mattered; which is all she really wanted.”

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Denise Pegram, LPN

“The moment I wanted to be a CNA was when my father got cancer. He had to have a pacemaker because his heart was only pumping at 20%. At the time I was 19 years old, pregnant, and struggling with a 9-month-old…”

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Pebbles Ward, CNA

“Being a nurse is something that I’ve always desired. It isn’t about money, it isn’t just a career, it’s a field with unlimited personal growth and knowledge to gain…”

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Krystal Burdine, LPN

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