We had no idea how much the nominations and celebration would grow each year. In fact, this year we have outgrown our old venue and will host the event at Cobb Galleria Centre . This year’s luncheon, which will honor the top 10 honorees, the 350 nurses who were nominated and the profession as a whole, will be on May 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Over the years, we’ve seen nursing excellence expressed in so many different ways in many settings. The top honorees have served in hospitals, clinics, schools, hospice agencies and in their communities. They have championed causes, founded charities and stepped up to meet unexpected emergencies. This year’s group is just as varied and impressive.
You’ll hear about an Atlanta nurse who took a dying cancer patient home to see his family — in Guatemala. Another nurse has been a pillar of support for a young woman with multiple rare disorders and hospitalizations for more than three years.
A pediatric nurse caring for a 14-year-old girl diagnosed with a massive brain tumor brought her clinical skills and a “palpable sense of human compassion” whenever she entered the patient’s room. A unit manager became the bedside nurse and advocate for one of her staff nurses diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
That’s just a sampling. You can read more about the top 10 honorees in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Celebrating Nurses special section on May 5.
We hope you’ll join us for this year’s event at Cobb Galleria Centre. You can order tickets ($400 for a table of 10, $45 for individuals) at www.ajcjobs.com/celebratingnurses. It will be a “good” celebration in every sense of the word.