Getting their due: here are our 2020
excellence in nursing winners.
OUR SIXTH ANNUAL AWARDS PROGRAM SALUTES
THE R.N. HEROES OF HEALTH CARE.
Health & Wellness
Top Nurses 2020
Getting their due: here are our 2020 excellence in nursing winners.
Photography by Christopher Myers
OUR SIXTH ANNUAL AWARDS PROGRAM SALUTES THE R.N. HEROES OF HEALTH CARE.
WHAT A YEAR TO BE A NURSE: As the pandemic swept from east to west, sickening— and killing—millions, it was the R.N.s in front-line specialties who put themselves at greater risk than most other health-care workers. And people took notice. For once, the spotlight was not entirely on the physicians, as the nation saluted the critical contribution made by these dedicated professionals.During the crisis, we’ve seen that nurses are now at least as likely as physicians to be the ones directly attending to patients, and those with specialized training can not only perform many of the same roles as a physician, but are the backbone of health care today.
There are few metro areas with more great nurses than Baltimore, and our job in Baltimore’s sixth annual Excellence in Nursing survey was to identify the best of the best. To arrive at the results, we solicited nominations from peers, supervisors, and patients of registered nurses—both in and out of hospitals—who represent the finest in their field, and we received an overwhelming response. And in our accompanying story, we went behind the scenes at a local VA hospital to see the double duty that faced those nurses—caring for wounded veterans plus protecting them from COVID-19.
There were 18 nursing specialties for which we accepted nominations in a process that took nine months. Then the hard part began: picking the finalists. For that, we relied on an impressive panel of highly experienced R.N. advisors, who divvied up the specialties and pored over the hundreds of nominations to arrive at our winners. Congratulations to all 68 of them.