Two New Jersey nurses were honored Oct. 26 as part of the 2009 Cherokee Uniforms Inspired Comfort Award program.
Wallena Gould, CRNA, MSN, of South Jersey Healthcare System in Vineland, N.J., was named Top National Winner in the Advanced Practice Nurses category. Andrea Parkhill, RN, BSN, of the Visiting Nurses Association of Central Jersey, Eatontown, N.J., was recognized in the Registered Nurses category as a Top National Winner.
In order to increase the number of minorities among CRNAs nationally, Gould has mentored numerous CRNAs or CRNA candidates, including many at La Salle University, Philadelphia, where she attended school. Since 2003, an estimated 80 minorities have joined the profession.
In 2008, Gould launched the nonprofit Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program.Andrea Parkhill, RN, BSN
For information, visit the programs Web site at www.DiversityCRNA.org.
Parkhill was honored for her devotion to improve the living conditions and emotional health of senior citizens in her area.
Parkhill discovered unsafe living conditions while visiting a woman and responded by thoroughly cleaning and refurbishing the apartment. Parkhill paid for veterinary care for the womans cats and also bought clothes for the patient as a gift. After observing signs of depression in other residents of the womans housing complex, Parkhill collaborated with a social worker to address the causes. The approach is now being expanded because of its success.
A panel of Cherokee representatives and past winners selected the 2009 honorees.
In the APN category, Diana Webber, ARNP, MS, of Hope Medical Clinic, Atoka, Okla., was named the Grand Prize Winner.
Diaraye Sylla, RN, BSN, was the Grand Prize Winner in the RN category. An oncology nurse at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Sylla also was honored in 2009 as NurseWeek magazines South Central regional Nursing Excellence Award winner in the Community Service category.