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Celebrating Nurses 2020: Here are the winners of the ajcjobs Nursing Excellence Awards

Georgia’s nurses come from a variety of backgrounds. From serving as an Army Combat Nurse Medic to working in the ICU after training in Tel Aviv, Israel, there’s no shortage of nurses in the state who have brought their unique skills wholeheartedly to their careers.

While things may look different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ajcjobs are excited to honor the nurses who have gone above and beyond the call of duty — especially in today’s times. 

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Well before the pandemic, the AJC asked the public to nominate nurses for this year’s AJC’s Nursing Excellence Awards. More than 850 nominations flooded in from colleagues, supervisors, patients and families. From the nominees, an independent panel of judges chose 10 nurse honorees. 

While the Nursing Excellence Awards banquet honoring all 850 nominees has been rescheduled to later this summer due to the circumstances, a special print section in Sunday’s AJC put a spotlight on the nurses’ constant dedication to others.

Among the stories of the 2020 class of Celebrating Nurses are ones of a nurse’s inspiration after organizing an event on African American women’s heart health and another of a nurse working every Christmas to be there for pediatric patients.

This year’s honorees are:

Lauren Skinner, RN - Grady Memorial Hospital

Kim Camp, RN - Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center

Jay Connelly, RN, Stroke Program Manager - Piedmont Henry Hospital

Ashley Pryzbek, RN- Scottish Rite Hospital

Christy Byrd, RN - Scottish Rite Hospital

Lisa Vogel, RN - Wellstar Kennestone Hospital

Tera Freeman, RN - Wellstar Cobb Hospital

Belinda Assin, Critical Care RN - Northside Hospital Forsyth

Ryan Hepworth, RN - Northside Hospital

Carlos Estrada, RN, Oncology - Northside Hospital Atlanta

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