I would like to this opportunity to nominate Laura Hernandez, ARNP, MSN for her outstanding dedication and commitment to her nursing profession and her years of service as Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Laura joined the organization in 1991 and has since achieved many milestones. She has worked as a staff nurse on several units and later joined the pulmonology team as an advanced practice nurse, where she has left an everlasting impression with her dedication to the clinical practice of her patient’s with chronic illnesses. She is presently the Joint Clinical Educator for MCH/FIU. Laura is a caring individual that no matter in what area she practices, she is always at a level that is exemplary of the highest standard. Laura goes far beyond what is expected of her with her students, patients and colleagues. Even in the midst of difficult times, she always maintains a smile and a positive outlook, giving help where needed and often doing more without being asked. Laura’s daily uniform includes a smile, a kind word and a gentle touch. Laura is very well respected and offers an enormous amount of experience as a nurse as well as an innovative teacher, mentor, and creative thinker.
Laura master’s a special talent with families and patient’s with a chronic illnesses. She develops a bond that is unique. Aside from her very busy schedule, being a mother of three, wife, professor and nurse, Laura dedicates many hours in making sure that VACC Camp is a success every year for the many medically challenged children who come from so many far away places to enjoy this week long camp. She works throughout the year as well as during the week in camp to make sure that all special needs children are medically safe while enjoying this once in a life time experience. She works very closely with Ivette Hidalgo ARNP, medical coordinator, in making sure that the patient’s medical needs are met. She gets very involved with patient’s and families as well as volunteers in providing both medical support and guidance. Besides working one on one with families and patients, she also assists nursing students in gaining their best medical experience while in camp. Many families and healthcare providers have expressed to us their gratitude for Laura. For us, it is a pleasure to nominate such a caring, unselfish individual who gives so much, asking nothing in return.
We think that Laura is an extra-ordinary advance practice nurse that has worked in many roles and has managed to far exceed expectations. It is for this reason that we are nominating Laura for the Daisy Award.
By: Rosa Roche, MSN,ARNP-BC
Ivette Hidalgo, MSN, ARNP-BC