CHICAGO The respect Anthony Lopez has for nurses is boundless.
Its a selfless sacrifice, said Lopez, president and general manager, medical business unit, for Ansell, which manufactures surgical and examination gloves for healthcare professionals. They do it at the oddest of hours under the most strenuous circumstances. Its one of those professions that you do it out of love.
Lopez and his company will honor nurses this spring with the second annual Ansell H.E.R.O. Nurse Service Award. The program, which stands for Heal, Educate, Reach, Overcome, launched at the 61st annual Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Surgical Congress and Expo in March.
Voting will run through May 24, with the top 10 nurses getting the most votes to receive the Ansell H.E.R.O. Nurse Service Award plaque and a nursing reference book of their choice. Their stories also will be profiled online, according to an Ansell news release.
To vote, visit AnsellHero.com. Winners will be announced June 16.
The company has numerous motivations to recognize nurses.
Lopez cited disconcerting studies about the rise in nursing injuries.
Think about how ironic that is, he said. The individuals who are there to heal are the ones sometimes getting injured in the process.
With well-publicized nursing shortages in existence, Lopez said a focus should be placed on future nurses and whos keeping them safe once they get there?
Most of all, however, Lopez said the company wanted a way for peers, coworkers and family members to honor friends and loved ones for what they do.
How do you say thank you to somebody who does things that you and I take for granted? he said. Its that truly unsung hero.
Barry Bottino is social media editor/regional editor for Nurse.com.