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Congratulations to Our 2019 Excellence in Nursing Awardees!

nursing award winners

This year, 14 outstanding Johns Hopkins nurses have been named “top nurses” by Baltimore magazine and are being presented with the publication’s 2019 Excellence in Nursing award. Once again, Johns Hopkins tops the list with more awardees than any other health system in the region.

The winning nurses are chosen from hundreds of nominations submitted by peers, supervisors and patients. Baltimore magazine enlists an expert panel of senior R.N. advisers to review the nominations and select the top 75 nurses in 18 specialties. See the full list of winners at

Meet Johns Hopkins’ 2019 Excellence in Nursing award winners and hear what they each love about being a nurse.

Kimber Abel

Kimber-Lee Abel, M.S., R.N., C.P.N., C.D.E.

Nurse Clinician
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Winner in the Pediatrics: Non-Neonatal category

I love the many opportunities that being a nurse provides, from caring for patients and families to being part of a world-class team and participating in professional activities. I’m proud of my career as a Hopkins nurse!

Holly Bashura

Holly Bashura, C.R.N.P., N.P.-C., C.D.E.

Lead Nurse Practitioner
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Inpatient Diabetes Management Service
Winner in the Acute Care/Family Practice/General Medicine category

As a nurse practitioner specializing in diabetes management in the inpatient setting, I find that what I love most is being able to create a connection with patients. Because I often follow my patients throughout their hospital stay, I find that my daily visits create a sense of trust with the patient that allows for better retention of education and better understanding of how to manage their diabetes.

Angela Chang

Angela Chang Chiu, M.S., R.N., C.H.E.S.

Sr. Clinical Nurse/International Patient Care Liaison
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Winner in the Case Management category

I love being a nurse because I get to be a part of something that is bigger than myself. I work with many international patients who come to Johns Hopkins because we are their last hope in finding a cure or treatment for their illness or disease, despite the distance and economic hardship. That is a responsibility that is not taken lightly. It builds a level of trust in the relationship with the patient and family. It fulfills and encourages me to always give the best of myself, knowing that regardless of where I work or what type of nursing I do, I am making a difference.

Mary Ann de Silva

Mary Ann de Silva, B.S.N., R.N., C.N.O.R.

Nurse Clinician
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cardiovascular-Thoracic-Transplant Surgery Operating Room
Winner in the Cardiovascular category

I consider being a nurse a special gift. The satisfaction I feel in helping others achieve their health goals is incomparable. Having an influence on patients, students and the community is the greatest reward a profession can give. Being a nurse, I have all the opportunity to build a good working relationship with my team, to learn something new every day and to empower myself, my patients and my colleagues. I am a NURSE!

Linda Fair

Linda Fair, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N.-C.M.C.

Nurse Clinician
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cardiac Care Unit
Winner in the Intensive Care category

The things I love most about nursing are the challenges and the relationships. By challenges, I mean that ICU nursing keeps you constantly on your toes. I love the critical thinking involved in caring for our sickest patients. I love that there is something new to learn every day. I love it when someone comes up to me and says, “I have a question,” because either I can teach them something, or we’ll both learn something together — either way we’ll find an answer!

By relationships, I mean that I love being a part of the amazing care team at Johns Hopkins. I love interacting with patients and their family members, helping them understand their diagnosis and treatment, and trying to make them feel safe and valued. Most of all, I love my CCU family. What a phenomenal group of people. They are the reason I look forward to coming to work every day!

Patricia Grimes

Patricia Grimes, M.S.N., R.N.

Home Health Services Case Manager
Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Home Health Services
Winner in the Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care category

I love being a nurse because I get to learn and grow every day, and also mentor and share my knowledge with new nurses. I have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with culturally diverse patients and families, and to provide all patients and families with tools they can use to improve health outcomes and achieve wellness. I also love being able to partner with members of creative, innovative interdisciplinary and inter- and intra-agency teams.

Melva Jones

Melva Jones, R.N., M.S., C.A.C.-A.D.

Nursing Coordinator
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Psychiatry / Johns Hopkins Hospital Broadway Center for Addictions
Winner in the Psychiatric Nurse category

My love for nursing stems from a passion within to see individuals, families and communities restored to health and wholeness. Nursing for me is a calling from God and is an opportunity to minister to those who are broken — whether the brokenness is physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. My journey as a nurse has been amazing and has taken me to numerous settings and specialty areas for which I have fond memories. Along the journey, I have had the privilege of meeting wonderful people, both patients and colleagues. My greatest joy comes from seeing the hopeless regain hope, the helpless regain self-efficacy and the physically challenged made whole again.

Tammy Jones

Tammy Jones, B.S.N., R.N.

Clinical Nurse
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit
Winner in the Neurology/Psychology/Behavioral Health category

What I love about being a nurse is the opportunity it allows for you to advocate for patients and provide the quality of care I would want if I were in their shoes. It’s a career that never stops giving; it’s diverse, you learn new things every day and the opportunity for growth is unlimited.

Alice Lambert

Alice Weber Lambert, R.N.

Clinical Nurse
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Ambulatory Surgery Unit
Winner in the Community Care/Ambulatory Care category

I love being a nurse because it gives me the opportunity to meet and take care of people from all over the world. It brings me joy to know that I have made a difference in so many patients’ lives and that they have made a difference in my life.

Alison Livingston

Alison Livingston, B.S.N., R.N., A.C.R.N., C.C.C.T.M.

Nurse Manager
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins HIV Women’s Health Program
Winner in the Women’s Health category

For me, being a nurse is about building and nurturing relationships — with patients and with colleagues. It is about being fully engaged every day in both mind and heart. It is a true privilege when a patient lets you in and allows you to care for them. I love the fact that, as a nurse, you have never finished learning and there are endless opportunities for growth. I can be part of the changes and challenges in medicine today.

Arita McCoy

Arita McCoy, M.S.N., C.R.N.P.

Nurse Practitioner
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Neurology
Winner in the Neurology/Psychology/Behavioral Health category

I love knowing that every day I can make a positive impact on the lives of patients and family members. I am able to help individuals with chronic conditions understand the complexities of their disease and develop a trusting relationship that helps them manage their treatment over time. I am also able to be involved with clinical research, helping to find solutions for the future beyond what options we have today. I also participate in community outreach and education through our Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, helping us to extend care beyond the clinic and reach individuals in ways that otherwise may not be possible.

Sheila Membrebe

Maria Sheilla Membrebe, M.S.N./Ed., R.N., O.N.C., C.M.S.R.N., C.B.N.

Infection Control Coordinator/ Advanced Clinical Nurse
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Infection Control
Winner in the Medical-Surgical Nursing category

I love being a nurse because I care about people. Whether I am directly caring for patients and their families, teaching students, working with other members of the health team or talking to administrators, I know that what I do ultimately contributes to make a difference. The members of my health care team are my heroes. I feel blessed to work with such an amazing group of people.

I would not be a nurse today if it was not for my mom. She made it possible for me to go to school for nursing. Even with the limited resources we had at that time, she encouraged me to follow my dream.

Julie Reback

Julie Reback, M.S.N., C.R.N.P.

Nurse Practitioner
Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Adult Oncology Ambulatory Care Services
Winner in the Oncology category

I am granted an opportunity to make a positive difference every day in the most intimate ways with every person I come into contact with. It is an incredible gift and privilege to serve and uplift others during their most vulnerable circumstances.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith, M.S., R.N.

Nurse Educator
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Nurse Residency Program
Winner in the Educator category

I love being a nurse because it has afforded me opportunities to coach nurses who are new to the profession and offer them guidance. More broadly, it has opened my eyes to see the suffering of others, which has given me gratitude and zest for life.

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