Grand Prize Winner, Advanced Practice Nurse Category
Within two months' time, Roseanne Warner, RN, MSN, WHNP, a U.S. Air Force nurse practitioner and deputy commander of a military hospital in Aviano, Italy, singlehandedly saved two people. She did this by heroically coming to the aid of a woman in need of diabetic medicine during an overseas flight and rushing her child's teacher to the hospital to treat him for meningitis. Both people are alive today because of Warner's dedication.
For the quick and unselfish response to help people in need whenever and wherever they need it, Warner has won the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. She is one of 10 honorees nationwide in 2008. The award is granted 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.
"My happiest days are when I go to the clinic to see patients. It is truly an instant reward because you know you are having an immediate impact on their lives."
"Roseanne Warner seems to stop at nothing to humbly and quietly provide compassionate, sacrificial care regardless of where and when it's needed," says Wendell Mobley, who directs the company's charitable and scholarship programs. "She epitomizes so many positives that exist in our nation's healthcare professionals."
When an older woman realized she had forgotten her diabetic medicine during a commercial flight overseas, Warner came to her aid. Since the glucometers on board didn't work, Warner took it upon herself to rally the passengers for supplies. She even personally paid one passenger for insulin. Although Warner was incredibly exhausted from her expedition overseas, she cared for the woman throughout the flight. She even took extra time to explain the disease to the woman's daughter, so she could help if any future episodes were to occur.
The next month, when her child's teacher missed an important school trip due to illness and then didn't sound like himself on the phone, Warner sensed that something was wrong. Even though she didn't know where the teacher's house was located, she spent time combing the neighborhood in search of him. Upon finding the teacher incoherent on the sidewalk, she rushed him to the hospital where she learned that he was suffering from meningitis. Due to Warner's quick intervention, the man is alive today.
Warner has held numerous leadership positions in the Air Force Medical Service and has been deployed to provide medical care in many locations. She has set up a clinic at the American Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, cared for thousands of people in Haiti and was chosen to be the medic on the 2006 Patriotic World Tour. A frequent speaker, Warner was the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Consultant to the AF Surgeon General for 5 years and earned the New Mexico Award for Clinical Excellence for her work in the community.
She was nominated by her husband, Phillip Warner, who said, "Roseanne is an inspiration to so many nurses not only in the military, where she has been in many different countries helping those in need, but in civilian life as well. She is always focusing on ways to improve healthcare."
As a Grand Prize Winner in the award's Advanced Practice Nurse category, Warner receives an all-expense-paid Caribbean cruise for two, a wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear worth more than $1,000 and a crystal trophy. She will also be featured in Cherokee's nationally distributed 2009 Inspired Comfort Award calendar.
When asked what makes Warner happiest in her profession, she answered, "My happiest days are when I go to the clinic to see patients. It is truly an instant reward because you know you are having an immediate impact on their lives. There is nothing that compares to the human interaction of caring for someone—nothing."
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.