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NIGHTINGALE AWARD WINNER

 

December 7, 2018



RN Allison Schurman was recognized by the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence with its Nightingale Award. The award exemplifies outstanding and caring leadership and professionalism as a beginning practitioner in the first 18 months as a Registered Nurse.

​Schurman was honored earlier this month in Albuquerque at the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards. This annual gala recognizes excellence in nursing practice and honors nurses for the contributions they make to their organizations, communities and to our state.

"I feel incredibly grateful to be one of the honorees and to be able to stand on that stage next to some of the best nurses in the state," Schurman said. "As I go forward in my career, I hope to make as much of an impact as those amazing nurses and maybe one day I'll be up there again as a nursing legend."

​Schurman graduated with her Associates Degree in Nursing from San Juan College in Farmington in December 2016. She began working as a nurse on the Medical Floor at San Juan Regional Medical Center in January 2017.

​"There is no end to the compliments I receive from patients about Allison," Medical Floor Assistant Manager Karen Huxley said. "She is attentive, thorough and makes each patient feel as if they are the only patient she has that day. Her compassion and commitment to excellence shows through every patient care task she completes and with every medication she administers."

​Schurman loves to be challenged. She has taken coaching classes offered through the hospital so she can help guide new nurses to their full potential. As a recent graduate, she knows what it's like to be in their shoes. She is welcoming, approachable and helps students and new graduates with whatever task is needed. She seeks opportunities to expand her own knowledge and training as a nurse. Schurman has obtained her Trauma Nurse Certification and has set a goal to become a charge nurse. She serves as the chair for Unit Council and recently became the representative on SJRMC's Shared Governance Committee. She is also active volunteering in the community.

​"She is one of the most selfless people I have ever met and she just can't stop herself from helping anyone who needs it," Huxley said.

 

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