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Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Employees Earns National Nursing Award

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center is proud to announce that one of its nurses, Stefany Carville, RN, BSN, is the recipient of the 2018 Nurse Blake Preceptor Award. This national award is awarded to nurses, by nurses who nominate them. Carville received a recognition certificate and a $500 scholarship to put towards furthering her career. Carville, who was chosen by a new nurse she was preceptoring, was one of the 1,700 entries for the Nurse Blake Award. Carville’s nominator, Odelia Scher, RN, had to say this in her nomination, “Stefany is truly a credit to our profession. She will stop what she is doing to show new nurses how to administer medication, teach appropriate technique, and ensure the safest practice. She will challenge a person or the situation for the safety and well-being of patient and staff. Stefany always supports a positive work environment.” Scher continued, “Stefany is a true nursing gem and she is what a true nursing hero looks like.”

Carville, who has been employed at Claxton-Hepburn as a nurse since 2000, is working towards a part-time career in flight nursing by participating as an observer for medical flights. She is also an ambassador for organ donation and Claxton-Hepburn’s Organ Donation Coordinator. Carville’s nursing service at Claxton-Hepburn includes working in the intensive care unit, the nursing float pool, nursing supervisor, and sleep lab manager. She has previously worked as an EMT and firefighter. She has resided in Morristown since 1984.

When asked to comment on her award, Carville humbly stated, “I couldn’t believe they picked me out of 1,700 entries. I was competing against the best nurses in the country.” She continued, “I am humbled and honored because this award validates me as a great nurse.” She concluded, “The Nurse Blake Award encourages nurses to support each other. When I was a new nurse, several intensive care nurses took time to help me develop and grow into the nurse I always wanted to be. They treated me with respect, and I always remember how I was treated, and try to carry that onto new nurses that I work with.”

Nurse Blake is a registered nurse and received his BSN from the University of Central Florida. He has worked in some healthcare roles throughout his career and has managed several prevention programs. Blake advocates for nurses and patients and encourages a healthy work environment. He is a social influencer, writer, public speaker, and has been a paid contributor to publications including the New York Times. He created the Nurse Blake award to encourage nurses to support each other.

Shown in the photo are Carville and Scher. Your tomorrow is worth defending.