National Prize Winner, Registered Nurse Category
Saying that Lisa Scholl, RN is passionate about the work she does at Orchard Manor nursing homes, in Lancaster, Wis., is an understatement. A nurse manager at the facility for 15 years, Scholl has been known to put in long hours to ensure that her patients are getting the care they deserve. Residents of the home love her so much that they ask for her by name.
For the level of care and undivided attention she provides in situations which are oftentimes emotionally trying, Scholl has received the prestigious Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. She is one of 10 honorees nationwide in 2008.
"When I have been able to make a depressed person smile, to make an agitated person calm, to have touched the lives of others and know I have made a difference."
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 6th year Cherokee Uniforms has honored inspirational caregivers, with hopes that the winners' stories will encourage the nation's brightest students to enter the healthcare professions.
"Lisa is a phenomenal human being who goes above and beyond for her patients, and we feel honored to recognize her as a winner of this year's Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. She is truly top-notch," says Wendell Mobley, who directs the company's charitable and scholarship programs.
On countless occasions, Scholl has re-energized patients who are going through emotional strife. Recently, a hospice resident who was not coping well with nursing home placement was admitted to Orchard Manor. It was expected that he would pass away. Under Scholl's superior care, he began eating again and was frequently seen outside of his room.
Her former director of nursing at Orchard Manor and nominator, Angela Kay Pierce, personally experienced Scholl's dedication to the residents when Pierce's 93-year-old great grandmother was admitted to the facility due to dementia. At a time when many caregivers would be tempted to give up, Scholl didn't let herself get frustrated. She handled the situation with understanding and sensitivity and helped Pierce's family cope during an extremely difficult time.
"Lisa is one of the most devoted and loyal employees Orchard Manor has ever had. Residents and families regard her as an angel. One man even called Lisa his angel nurse," explains Pierce.
As a National Winner in the award's RN category, Scholl receives an all-expense-paid trip to a 2009 medical conference, an annual membership to her preferred clinical association, a $1000 wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear and a glass trophy. She also will appear in the nationally distributed Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award 2009 calendar.
When asked when she is happiest in her profession, Scholl responds, "When I have been able to make a depressed person smile, to make an agitated person calm, to have touched the lives of others and know I have made a difference. Being at work is what makes me happy," expresses Scholl.
Since the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award was established in 2003, nearly 7,000 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 Cherokee representatives and past Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award recipients evaluates nominations and grants the awards.
For every nomination, Cherokee Uniforms donated $1 to Nurse's House, a national fund that provides short-term financial assistance to registered nurses facing serious hardship. 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 2009 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award beginning March 1st through May 31st, 2009.