2006 Inspired Comfort Award Top National Winner — LPN/LVN Category

Rosanne Cortese

Rosanne Cortese, LPN

2006 Top National Winner — LPN/LVN Category

New York LPN Recognized for Skill and Compassion

Rosanne Cortese has been a licensed practical nurse — LPN at Rochester General Hospital, in Rochester, N.Y., for 15 years. As the only LPN in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Cortese recognizes the need for constant collaboration with the RN staff and interdisciplinary team. For providing care with exceptional skill, she has received the prestigious Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. Cortese is one of only 11 honorees nationwide in 2006.

The award is granted annually by Cherokee Uniforms - a leading designer and manufacturer of healthcare apparel - to recognize nurses and other non-physician healthcare professionals who demonstrate exceptional service, sacrifice and innovation and have a positive impact on others' lives.

"Rosanne's ability to problem-solve in a rapid, organized manner has greatly influenced positive patient outcomes," said Sylvia Schenk, the nurse educator who nominated Cortese for the award. "She is instrumental in educating the RN staff in the highest standard of care, while also being a preceptor for LPN students assigned to her unit."

What inspires me to give my best is the desire to help people. Nursing is the best way to fill that desire. It is challenging, exciting, and hands-on. The various roles of consoler, comforter and counselor make a difference to patients and their families.

- Rosanne Cortese

Schenk recalled several situations in which Cortese's exemplary performance was exhibited, including when a patient with a traumatic brain injury was admitted to the unit. While assessing the patient, Cortese noted a minute change in size of the patient's pupils and immediately notified her partnering RN. As a result of this finding, the patient was transported for a CT scan and then urgently taken to the operating room to relieve life-threatening brain swelling. Another patient's heart rate dramatically slowed for no apparent reason. While the staff immediately responded by assessing the man, it was Cortese who noticed a blockage in the patient's tracheostomy tube and removed it, immediately resolving the problem, Schenk noted.

As a Top National Winner in the award's LVN/LPN Category, Cortese receives an all-expense-paid trip to a 2007 U.S. medical conference of her choice, an annual membership to a clinical organization, a $500 donation to the nonprofit organization of her choice, a wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Rockers Footwear worth more than $1,000, a 2006 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award trophy and placement in Cherokee's 2007 Inspired Comfort Award calendar.

Since the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award was established in 2003, more than 4,200 healthcare professionals have been nominated in the Registered Nurse, Advanced Practice Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse, Student Nurse and Non-Physician Healthcare Professional categories. A panel of nursing professionals and Cherokee representatives evaluates nominations and grants the awards.

For every nomination, Cherokee Uniforms donated $1 to Nurses House, a national fund that provides short-term financial assistance to registered nurses facing serious hardship. Since 2005, Cherokee has donated $2,200. Proceeds from Cherokee Uniforms products support healthcare professionals through initiatives such as the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, an annual calendar and the A Nurse I Am Film and Scholarship Program. Cherokee Uniforms will be accepting nominations for the 2007 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award beginning March 1, 2007 through May 31, 2007.

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