Courtney Schwartz, MS, RN, CPHON, an inpatient nurse for Hematology/Oncology/ Stem Cell Transplant at Lurie Children’s has been selected as the 2014 Nurse of the Year by the Wilmette-based Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF).
Courtney was nominated for the award by a patient, mother of a patient and colleague. The patient who nominated Courtney says, “She makes you feel like you’re her only patient who would sit with you all day if needed.”
Courtney’s colleague shared, “There have been many times I have heard from patients and families that Courtney helps them feel comfortable with whatever they are facing. She goes above and beyond, is honest and compassionate, and helps to provide a glimmer of hope in the most challenging of times.”
The Nurse of the Year Award, presented by the LRF annually since 1996, was created to recognize hematology-oncology nurses who give their time, compassion and heart each and every day.
“Each year we honor two outstanding nurses with the Nurse of the Year Award. These extraordinary nurses are devoted to providing the highest standard of care to patients and families. Often, that care extends beyond their physical health to include emotional support and long-term follow-up treatment,” says Linda Kabot, Leukemia Research Foundation’s Director of Programs.
Nominations from hospitals throughout Illinois and parts of Wisconsin and Indiana are submitted annually by colleagues and coworkers as well as patients and families touched by blood cancers. The LRF recognizes that for patients and families facing these life-threatening diseases, hematology/oncology nurses play a vital role in ensuring their medical care and physical comfort, as well as meeting their needs for information and emotional support.
“I was truly honored to receive this award. It is a humbling experience to have a patient, family and member of my team all nominate me for this nurse of the year award,” says Schwartz. “Nurses don’t do their job for the accolades, but it is amazing to receive acknowledgement for the hard work we do for our patients and families.”
About the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF)
The Leukemia Research Foundation, headquartered in Wilmette, is committed to funding research and providing support to people affected by blood cancers. The Leukemia Research Foundation is dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures, and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases. For 68 years, thousands of volunteers and 24 chapters have helped the Foundation raise more than $60 million to help fund research specifically targeting aspiring, eager and innovative scientists and physicians around the world, provide patient financial assistance, and offer educational and emotional support for patients and their families.