Registered Nurse Puts Life on the Line to Aid Accident Victims
Driving home on a dark Dallas freeway after a late shift at Medical Center of Plano, Tracy Mauro, RN, BSN, looked hard through her windshield. Up ahead a semi-truck with hazard lights flashing dwarfed a crumpled and smoking pickup truck. A body lay in the far right lane. Mauro knew she had to check for a pulse and pulled over.
A split second before she bent over the motionless body, another vehicle nearly hit her, ran over the victim, and slammed into the semi. By the time she had checked on the first victim, emergency personnel arrived, thanked her for her help and told her that none of the victims could have survived the terrible impact. Mauro could not walk away. She approached the other vehicle, a convertible, to check for life. One victim obviously was dead. Another had no pulse. The driver was slumped over. She shook him lightly. The young man raised his head and looked at her. While medical personnel worked to free him, Mauro talked to the victim, attempting to shield him from the horrifying images of death that surrounded him. Miraculously, the man survived.
"I'm in a profession that changes lives through science and research that leads to practical ways to make a difference. What can be more intellectually stimulating than that?"
In response to the question of where she draws her inspiration, Tracy Mauro expressed,"To me, the healthcare profession is the perfect arena in which to live out my personal beliefs. Although I believe I have far to go and much to learn, my ultimate goal is to live out the love that I believe I have been shown by God."
For her heroic actions, exceptional service and sacrifice, Mauro received the prestigious Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. She is one of only 10 honorees nationwide in 2007.
The award is granted annually by Cherokee Uniforms to recognize nurses and other non-physician healthcare professionals who demonstrate exceptional service, sacrifice and innovation and have a positive impact on others' lives. This is the 5th year the leading designer and manufacturer of healthcare apparel has honored inspirational caregivers.
As a National Winner in the award's Registered Nurse category, Mauro receives an all-expense-paid trip to a 2008 medical conference of her choice, annual membership to her preferred clinical association, a Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, and a wardrobe of Cherokee healthcare apparel. She also will appear in the nationally distributed Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award 2008 calendar.
Since the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award was established in 2003, more than 5,300 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 received in 2007, Cherokee Uniforms donated $1 to national health-centered charities. The total amount was divided equally among the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the Alzheimer's Association. Since 2005, Cherokee has donated over $3,300. 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 2008 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award beginning March 1, 2008 through May 31, 2008.