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Nurse Kim Awarded as Best Nurse by The Cameos of Caring Program

They say a nurse is a type of person strong enough to tolerate everything and soft enough to understand everyone.

Such is Nurse Kim of Southville International School and Colleges – College of Nursing Class 2008. In fact, Nurse Kim recently won The Cameos of Caring® Award, which honors exceptional bedside nurses who work at acute care hospitals. The program was established in 1999 in keeping with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s commitment to the advancement and promotion of the nursing profession.

The Cameos of Caring® Program describes Nurse Kim as a compassionate bedside carer and innovative leader.

“Kim is always looking to improve the department and offers ideas and suggestions. She is always interacting in a positive manner with family and patients. She is a leader among her peers,” reads in the award ceremonies programme.

“To be honest I was very surprised to even get nominated for this award. I was just doing my job and wanted to find a family member to inform about my patient's condition. I always think of it this way, if I was in his shoes I would definitely want someone to try to get a hold of my family no matter the means. Family is very important for a person's healing. A family's love, presence is support is necessary for recovery,” says Nurse Kim.

Nurse Kim looks back to her roots and thanks her mentor, Dean Carmel Villegas, for all the nursing theories and skills and good values she learned, citing the Nursing Week celebration as her fondest memory in school. She alludes to the 5Cs as the Southville teachings she lives by and adds another C to her virtues.

“I feel like all of the 5Cs describe me as a nurse but if I were to choose one, I would say Compassion. I truly care about the outcome of my patients and support their family along the way. I don't see each patient as a stranger; I always treat them as family.”

Nurse Kim encourages the Nursing students of Southville to follow in their calling and become a compassionate nurse.

“I want to start by saying that you should be so proud of yourself! You've worked so hard to get here and I promise you it's so worth it. I've been a nurse for nine years and can't imagine doing anything else. Follow your heart. If this is your calling, you will feel it in your heart. It's not about the money (although that's a plus) but it's about your commitment to serve the community.”