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Feb. 22, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU nursing student wins national Inspired Comfort Award

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.”

“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.”

“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.

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