Two nurses were among this years 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Awards recipients, announced Aug. 1. Edward “Tony” Ornelas, RN, BSN, and Arlette Stevens, RN, MSN, NP-C, were chosen from 60 professional nominees in Arizona for their community service and leadership.
Started in 2007, the 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Awards are sponsored by Univision Radio-Phoenix and Valle del Sol. Awardees will be honored at a luncheon Oct. 3 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix.
Edward “Tony” Ornelas, RN, BSN
By day, Edward “Tony” Ornelas, RN, BSN, is a case management supervisor at Chicanos Por La Causa in Phoenix, where he provides medical case management for those with HIV/AIDS.
When hes not at his paid job, Ornelas volunteers time to his profession and community as president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses Valle del Sol chapter in Phoenix and chairman of public policy, nationally, for NAHN.
Ornelas, who is serving his second term as local chapter president, immerses himself in the community, participating in health fairs, the American Heart Associations campaign to provide free health screenings at local barber and beauty shops, and the Muevete (Move) U.S.A. program to raise awareness of childhood obesity and encourage Hispanic youth to make healthy lifestyle changes.
“I certainly have never done what I do to receive any kind of award,” he said. “Really … the honor has been all of the years … when I feel so good doing community service. I get to go home and know that Ive helped people.”
Arlette Stevens, RN, MSN, NP-CArlette Stevens, RN
Arlette Stevens, RN, MSN, NP-C, a nurse practitioner in otolaryngology at Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, cares for veterans during the week. She also works a weekend or two each month as a sexual assault nurse examiner at the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault in Tucson.
Like her colleague Ornelas, Stevens is involved in NAHN, having served as the Valle del Sol chapter secretary and on the national scholarship and nominating committees.
Stevens said caring for veterans and sexual assault survivors and working with the Hispanic nursing community has taught her the importance of collaboration. By attending NAHN meetings and being involved, Stevens said she has networked with Hispanic nursing colleagues and learned a lot from nurse mentors. “Ive learned to value the nursing profession even more,” she said.
Winning this award is humbling, Stevens said. “I know there was a big variety of people who were selected,” she said. “I feel good because Im representing nurses and … the Center Against Sexual Assaults and VA. That aspect is very rewarding because Ive learned from these organizations … to become a better person and a better nurse practitioner.”