American Nurses Foundation Announces 2015 Honor a Nurse of the Quarter (9/8/15)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2015

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American Nurses Foundation Announces 2015 Honor A Nurse of the Quarter
Tresia Diaz, RN, honored for her exemplary display and embodiment of the passion and purpose that is nursing.

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Foundation has named Tresia Diaz, RN, as the Nurse of the Quarter for its Honor A Nurse program.  Sponsored by Lippincott Solutions and Wolters Kluwer, the program acknowledges nurses who have made a difference in the lives of others.

This quarter, the Foundation received more than 110 submissions describing the amazing work nurses are doing around the country. The Foundation chose Diaz, a labor and delivery nurse at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Md., as the Nurse of the Quarter for her dedication to her patients and the nursing profession.

“To deliver a child into the world, no other joy can compare to it. But to know a mother has lost a child and still needs to deliver seems like an insurmountable task both emotionally and physically,” said Eric Diaz, Tresia’s husband, describing his wife’s work. “Not only does she provide the utmost care, but she has told me of the times when mothers need to be cradled in her arms, like a child themselves, due to the grief; Tresia stays and consoles them.” 

For Diaz, compassion and her willingness to help others started long before she entered a delivery room. While studying to become a registered nurse, Diaz, the mother of four young children, would put in extra hours to mentor her younger peers and help ensure they succeeded in school.

The Honor A Nurse Program, created by the Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), recognizes nurses for their extraordinary contributions to health care. The program enables colleagues, friends, family and leaders to honor and tell the stories of nurses who have made a positive difference in nursing locally or globally. The funds raised by the Honor A Nurse program are used to support nursing research, scholarships and programs to improve nurses’ lives and the nursing profession.

Lead sponsor Wolters Kluwer, developer of the Lippincott Solutions clinical decision support and professional development software suite, is using its resources and the power of its Lippincott brand to raise awareness for the Honor A Nurse program.  

“The Foundation is honored to recognize Tresia Diaz and nurses like her who truly elevate the profession with their dedication, compassion and mentorship of other nurses,” said Kate Judge, executive director of the American Nurses Foundation. “Because of the impact nurses like Tresia can have on patients and their families, the health of the entire community can be transformed.”

To learn more about Honor A Nurse, please visit www.anfonline.org/honoranurse.

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The American Nurses Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The Foundation supports programs that transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.

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