Honor A Nurse Who Has Dared To Care

Honor A Nurse Who Has Dared To Care

Mar 19, 2009 4:00 PM

Salt Lake City – Celebrate National Nurses Week by recognizing a nurse who has touched your life! The 15th Annual Honors for Nursing will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel, located at 555 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. Hosted by the University of Utah College of Nursing and the Nursing Alumni Association, Honors for Nursing recognizes individuals within the nursing profession — and celebrates those who support nursing. Recognitions can be made for a tax-deductible contribution of $25 and include an invitation for the chosen nurse to attend the dinner. Nominators can also attend the dinner for an additional fee of $25. Revenue generated from Honors for Nursing provides much-needed scholarship assistance to nursing students at the U. College of Nursing. Miss Utah 2007 Jill Stevens, an emergency room nurse at Primary Children’s Medical Center and combat medic in the Utah National Guard, will emcee this special evening.

Among those who will be honored at this year’s event is Jay Rezac, a night nurse at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. Jay is being recognized by Marianne Lloyd for the steps he took to connect with and care for her husband Rich when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in the summer of 2007. During Rich’s battle with cancer, the Lloyd family came to rely on the tremendous care provided by many individuals at Huntsman: Jay, in particular, had a great sense of what Rich needed on a personal level in order to maintain some sense of normalcy. Rich passed away April 25, 2008, but Marianne says she will always be grateful to Jay for caring for her husband physically, emotionally and spiritually. 

“Jay struck a perfect balance between providing the best medical care for the patient, based on his knowledge of the disease, with a genuine interest in helping to meet the needs of his soul,” Marianne says. “When Rich couldn’t sleep at night Jay would keep him company, and over many heart-to-heart conversations he sought to understand what Rich’s interests were and what mattered most to him in life.” Early on in Rich’s treatment his family made “Live Rich” plastic bracelets to demonstrate their support of his fight against cancer. Jay immediately began wearing one, even as Rich went in and out of Huntsman for treatment. On what would end up being Rich’s final admittance into Huntsman, Jay arrived to readmit him, still donning the bracelet. “The gesture meant a great deal to us on what was a very difficult day,” says Marianne. “To see Jay still wearing his bracelet really indicated to us how much he cared.”

Community members are encouraged to join Marianne in a celebration of nursing by recognizing a nurse who has touched their life. For more information or to recognize a nurse, visit www.honorsfornursing.org or contact Sue Onwuegbu at (801) 581-5109. The deadline to recognize an individual is April 24, 2009.

Honors for Nursing was established in 1994 by members of the Faculty and Alumni Association of the U. College of Nursing. This annual event is celebrated in conjunction with National Nurses Week, which begins May 6 and ends May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

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