Amelissa Sarrol, RN, BSN, once had a very different profession in mind.
“Initially, I wanted to be a nun or a missionary,” Sarrol said in a news release. “My other option was psychology.”
Her parents encouraged her to consider a field she could develop into a career, though. Sarrol now works as a nurse in the behavioral health unit at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, Ill., and recently was chosen as its nurse of the year.
“Even when I know their diagnosis may be chronic, when I see one of my depressed patients smile, it gives me joy to know that, by listening to them, I made them feel a little bit happy,” Sarrol said in the release.
Sarrols love for her work is apparent in all she does, Maria Knecht, RN, MSN, CNA-BC, vice president and CNO, said in the release.
“She makes this appear effortless,” Knecht said in the release. “This is who she is, what she loves and that displays itself in all the positive things that the staff, patients and leaders say about her.”
Among those who nominated Sarrol for this years award was a patient, who said in the release that Sarrol shows genuine concern for patients and takes time to ask them questions, engaging them when assessing their conditions.
“People who have mental illness would lead healthier, more productive, lives if all nurses, doctors and mental health officials were like [Sarrol],” the patient said in the release. “[Sarrol] treats her patients like humans, with respect and dignity.”
Sarrol was chosen for the award from a field of 27 nominees.
One colleague in her nomination said in the release that Sarrol displayed a true “Christ-like compassion” and credited her for her work in the hospitals program committee to advance psychiatric programming at the hospital. Sarrol is also a spiritual ambassador at the hospital.
Originally from the Philippines, Sarrol has been an RN for 23 years. According to the release, she is in the process of pursuing her masters degree and is working on board certification in psychiatric nursing.