Top National Winner, Advanced Practice Nurse Category
When school's out, Normadeane Armstrong's, RN, MSN, ANP, APRN-BC work is far from finished. A nurse practitioner and professor of nursing at Molloy College, in Rockville Centre, NY, Armstrong springs into action as a community, national and global health advocate who stops at nothing to improve the health of citizens everywhere.
For her compassion, innovation, dedication and unwavering commitment to bettering lives at home and abroad, Armstrong has received a prestigious 2008 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award, one of only 10 honorees nationwide.
"I like my work because of the endless possibilities it provides. Nursing is a full of opportunities to grow, advance and learn."
The award is granted annually by Cherokee Uniforms to recognize nurses and 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.
"Normadeane has the initiative, intelligence and compassion to improve nearly every life she touches. Whether in the classroom, on the global stage or working with parents in her community, she is an über-performer who lives to make a difference," says Wendell Mobley, who directs the company's charitable and scholarship programs.
Recently, Armstrong chaired an international research symposium on Congenital Rubella Syndrome. Thanks to her diligent efforts, the event attracted medical professionals, rehabilitation providers, representatives from 10 countries, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and individuals inflicted with the disease and their family members.
Close to home, Armstrong can be found helping out her community. Her activities range from instituting a hand-washing program in a local preschool to conducting pool safety and CPR classes in her home for neighbors. She also helped to form an allergy-friendly soccer league in Mount Sinai by providing children, parents and coaches with information on the severity of food allergies.
A founding member in the Community Health and Environment Coalition and New York Congressman Tim Bishop's Breast Cancer Advisory Board, Armstrong is active in public policy and education initiatives, and has gone door-to-door to inform residents about the risk of breast cancer.
Armstrong was nominated for the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award by her friend, Sarah Anker, who said, "While Normadeane has generously donated a great deal of time, it is also the knowledge she possesses and the hands-on nursing experience she brings that gives her tremendous credibility with medical professionals and the public. When you combine these with her strong people skills, her warm, engaging personality, the highest professional standards, a tremendous work ethic and excellent writing and teaching skills, it's obvious why I consider myself blessed to know her."
As a Top National Winner in the award's Advanced Practice Nurse category, Armstrong receives an all-expense-paid trip to a 2009 medical conference, an annual membership to her preferred clinical association, a $500 donation to her preferred nonprofit organization, a $1000 wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear, and a crystal trophy. She also will appear in the nationally distributed Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award 2009 calendar.
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 donates $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.