Abrazo Scottsdale Campus Nurse Amanda Foster has been named Rising Star Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes.
She was honored at the March of Dimes Arizona chapter’s Nurse of the Year Awards Gala, according to a press release. She has been a nurse in the telemetry unit at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, 3929 E. Bell Road in Phoenix, since May 2015.
Her family’s personal experience with terminal illness prompted her to become a nurse, the release states.
“The nurses were there every day overflowing with compassion, empathy and guiding our family through the emotional process. My family was comforted and supported by the nurses who cared for us during our time of grief,” she said in a prepared statement.
“After witnessing the strength and impact nurses had to not only heal patients but also their families, I knew that was my calling.”
Mr. Foster graduated from Grand Canyon University in April 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She participated in Abrazo Community Health Network’s Nurse Residency Program. She also was an officer of the National Student Nurses Association.
She was a guest speaker for the Arizona State University Nurse Association ceremony.
Ms. Foster is chair-elect of the American Nurses Association’s Nomination and Elections Committee and she is working with the Arizona Nurses Association to create the Young Professional Nurse Chapter for new nurses within the first five years of practice.
She also served on the Arizona Nurses Association’s Public Policy Committee and helped evaluate pending legislation relevant to nursing during the last legislative session.
“Nursing is an amazing profession with some of the most giving, talented and intelligent people you will ever meet. As a nurse, you not only advocate for your patients but also for your peers and the profession. It is a privilege and an honor to be a nurse,” she pointed out.
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