Genevieve Yhap-Zebro, RN, a school nurse at Sacred Heart School in South Amboy, N.J., was named a finalist in Amazing Nurses 2013 sponsored by The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.
According to a news release, the Amazing Nurses program celebrates the dedication of nurses who make a difference in peoples’ lives – from in-home professional caregivers to ER specialists and military medical service personnel.
Eligible nominees must be 21 or older, legal U.S. residents and either an RN, LPN or APN who administers direct patient care.
Yhap-Zebro was nominated by Jennifer Jenkins, the mother of a student, who commended her for making educational material available to parents and maintaining a page on the school website with up-to-date health information including communicable conditions to watch for, seasonal allergies and healthy lunches.
“Nurse Genevieve is also very student-focused,” Jenkins wrote. “Last year she noticed my son’s frequent trips to the water fountain and bathroom, so she asked him if he often felt thirsty. He told her yes. She immediately contacted me and explained her concern about the possibility of childhood diabetes. She took the time to educate me on the symptoms and recommended I advise his pediatrician. We found out that his sugar was indeed elevated. After a follow-up to a pediatric endocrinologist, we were relieved to find out he was not diabetic.
“I can’t tell you how grateful my husband and I are to know that our son is in such capable, conscientious hands.”
The finalists included 10 nurses from nine different states. The winner, named earlier this month, was Minnesota home care nurse Gloria Kindzeka, RN.
More than 1,300 nominations were received for the program, and more than 22,000 votes were received during a public online voting process.
READ MORE online at AmazingNurses.com.