Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital nurse wins national Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award
Sergeant Major Michael Robinson, a Kalamazoo, Mi. resident and licensed practical nurse (LPN) with Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, is a winner of the 10th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award. Michael is among five healthcare professionals across the country to be named an award winner, selected for their impact on the lives of others through extraordinary patient care, sacrifice and innovation while serving as an inspiration to others. Michael is a grand prize winner of the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award in the LPN category.
The Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award recognizes the significant contribution of these professionals to today’s society, while reinforcing the vital role of these professions in keeping Americans healthy. From staging the largest bone marrow drive in the state to rushing to the scene of a fire after a long day of work, the winners were selected for going above and beyond their job descriptions to selflessly serve others in a way truly inspiring to their peers.
Michael has led and directed fellow military colleagues in training and tactical maneuvers throughout his military career, promoting excellence and demonstrating that which he asks from others. As a planner of the military agenda portion of the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN) annual convention, Michael was the first military nurse to integrate a military agenda into a national nursing organization’s conference. As part of the 500 hours of volunteer work per year he devotes to the convention, he planned “The Mystic Warriors Competition” for military nurses. Michael’s idea incorporated this Army competition into the NFLPN so that military nurses could receive credit for both civilian and military certifications for the first time. The convention attracts military LPNs from as far away as Germany, and between 75 and 100 military LPNs benefit from this added exercise annually. Michael also lectures nationally for end-of-life care for veterans and was the 2011 recipient of the Lillian Kuster Award, the highest honor bestowed on an LPN.
“As a nurse I love my work because I love people,” Michael said. “Healthy people are the building blocks to everything that is good and true in life. We sit with, encourage and comfort the sick while doing all that is humanly possible to restore the highest level of wellness. This brings joy to my soul.”
The 2012 winners of the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award were announced in conjunction with its 10th anniversary. More than 10,000 healthcare professionals have been nominated since the inception of the award. The award honors winners in categories including: Registered Nurses, Advance Practice Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses/Licensed Vocational Nurses, students enrolled in nursing schools, and other non-physician healthcare professionals. Judges selecting honorees include Cherokee Uniforms professionals, national nurse leaders and former Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award recipients.
The grand prize winner in each category will receive an all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise for two, and all other winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a 2013 medical conference of their choice in the continental US. All winners will receive a wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear, a value of $1,000; a crystal Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award trophy; a 14K gold-plated commemorative pin; a year’s subscription to Scrubs, the nation’s first lifestyle magazine for nurses; and a $500 donation in their name to the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation.
Additionally, Cherokee Uniforms donated $1 for each nomination received during the 2012 nomination period to Nurses House, a national fund that provides short-term financial assistance to registered nurses facing hardships.