2017 Outstanding Nurse of the Year: Clinical Practice
Awardee: Heather Howison, RN
Heather Howison has been a nurse at National Jewish Health for 29 years. She began work in the pediatric area. She worked as a nurse in the Pediatric Care Unit and taught patient education classes. Families commented on the warm, welcoming way she taught classes.
Heather now works in the adult pulmonary clinic at National Jewish Health.
Colleagues who nominated her stated, “Patients always rave about how wonderful Heather is. She has a breadth of knowledge and ability to articulate information that is easy for patients to understand and retain. Patients have absolute confidence in Heather and trust her.”
Heather is seen as a leader in the pulmonary group for her expertise and knowledge. In addition, she remembers birthdays and life events.
Colleagues also stated, “Heather challenges herself. She has a thirst for knowledge and actively seeks out new knowledge. She has a drive to be the best nurse she can be.”
Heather presented at the National Jewish Health Allied Health Conference in 2015 and 2016. She has also presented for several professional education activities. She is activity involved in the COPD Education Phenotype Committee.
A colleague summed up, “Heather demonstrates a dedication to patients' well-being, emotionally and physically, a dedication to her work and coworkers with a tireless work ethic and a dedication to her family. We are very fortunate to have her as a member of the National Jewish Health team. She is a gem.”
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