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Feb. 21, 2013
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SRU nursing student wins national Inspired Comfort Award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Barbianne Davis, a registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing student from Ambridge who clearly went beyond the call of duty as a registered nurse, has been presented the national Inspired Comfort Award from Cherokee Uniforms, a leading provider of medical apparel and footwear.

Davis who works as an RN at Heritage Valley Health System, is among five healthcare professionals across the country named to the award. The five were selected for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary patient care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others.

Davis won in the registered nurse category. Her nomination reported that after arriving "home late from an evening shift, she heard about a large apartment fire in her town and set off at midnight to help - her nursing license and certifications in hand. Alongside firefighters and Red Cross staff, she was a first responder. Until almost dawn, she triaged and monitored residents and firefighters exiting the building; nine residents and three firefighters were treated at area hospitals. The next day she proactively worked with the Red Cross, advocating for and personally helping these newly homeless people to find shelter, all while mobilizing a team of individuals and churches to raise money for hotel rooms and gift cards for affected families."

"Davis continued her follow up for weeks until each family she had been working with received appropriate resources and housing. As a result of her efforts, the county began 'Beaver County On-Call,' a program uniting 16 groups and churches who pledged to pay for at least a week at local motels for those displaced due to a natural disaster.

"I like my work as a registered nurse because I have the unique opportunity to serve others at a time when they are most vulnerable," she said. "In a culture where we are so often left to fend for ourselves, nursing has allowed me the chance to give to others in a way that has lasting effects."

"Barbianne's compassion and competence in her role on the Progressive Care Unit at Heritage Valley Sewickley impacts our patients and their families each and every day," said Linda Homyk, vice president and chief nursing officer at the facility. "She is an exceptional nurse, and we are so proud of her for winning this national award!"

The award recognizes the significant contribution of the selected professionals to today's society, while reinforcing the vital role of these professions in keeping Americans healthy. The winners were selected for going above-and-beyond their job descriptions to selflessly serve others in a way truly inspiring to their peers.

"Cherokee is thrilled to recognize Barbianne Davis among this year's winning healthcare workers who not only are models for providing exceptional patient care, but also influence and motivate their peers, and sometimes even entire communities," said Michael Singer, chief executive officer of Cherokee Uniforms. "We are very proud to honor Barbianne and all of those serving in these critical, often life-saving, professions who combine dedication, intelligence, skill and compassion to benefit thousands of patients every day."

The grand prize winner in each category receives an all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise for two, and all other winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a 2013 medical conference of their choice in the U.S. All winners will receive a wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear, a value of $1,000; a crystal Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award trophy; a 14K gold-plated commemorative pin; a year's subscription to Scrubs, the nation's first lifestyle magazine for nurses; and a $500 donation in their name to the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation.

Cherokee Uniforms also donates $1 for each nomination received during the 2012 nomination period to Nurses House, a national fund that provides short-term financial assistance to registered nurses facing hardships.

More than 10,000 healthcare professionals have been nominated for the CIC Award since its inception.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.