Monday September 16th 2019

Can gratitude make nursing even stronger?

“Thank you for all that you do in mentoring me in this crazy, beautiful world of nursing. Hope you find this gift in good health and that it would remind you how great a nurse you are and how generous your contributions have been to this profession.”

“You make a difference every day, and it is an honor to know you.”

“With special thanks for leading the way through innovation and transformational leadership and always putting the patient and family first.”

These are just a few of the tributes paid to nurses recently by colleagues, mentors, patients, friends and family through the American Nurses Foundation’s Honor a Nurse Program.

Sponsored exclusively by Wolters Kluwer and its Lippincott Solutions software suite, the Foundation’s Honor A Nurse program acknowledges nurses who have made a difference in the lives of others while promoting philanthropic giving to the Foundation.

Gratitude – feeling and expressing thankfulness – has been scientifically linked to stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure and higher levels of happiness. It impacts the quality of patient care and a caregiver’s own well-being.  The importance of taking the time to recognize and thank nurses for their daily contributions to patients and colleagues is the heart of the Foundation’s Honor a Nurse program.

Jacqueline Collavo Jacqueline Collavo

Jacqueline Collavo, MA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, of Allegheny Health Network’s West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, was recently named as the Honor A Nurse 2015 Nurse of the Year, after she was honored by her colleague Julia Warner.

“Jacqueline has a heart of gold, and goes above and beyond in all aspects in her role as a nurse,” said Julia Warner, BSN, RN, CWON, Collavo’s West Penn colleague and Nurse of the Year nominator. “She strives for excellence and inspires West Penn nurses to do the same as they advocate for patients, families and communities.”

Collavo has spent 33 years of her nursing career at West Penn and is currently the director of the hospital’s Nursing Operations and Magnet® Recognition Program. Under her leadership, the hospital became the first in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania to achieve Magnet Recognition, a designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center that recognizes quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Additionally, Collavo mentors fellow nurses and speaks regularly at health care conferences about improving the quality of patient care.

Warner joined many others in expressing their gratitude to a nurse.  And when they did, they strengthened the profession as a whole.  Their philanthropic gifts to the Foundation support such initiatives as nursing educational aid, new research, learning and practice innovation, and leadership development.

The Foundation encourages all nurses — their family, friends, employers and patients — to join in saying thank you for the difference nurses make in the world.  Visit to read more expressions of gratitude and to honor a nurse.

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