Each year, March of Dimes, a national non-profit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies, awards 25 nurses from each state for their outstanding work, leadership and contributions to their community and the profession of nursing. This year, Clarkson College is proud to announce that Associate Nursing Professors Becky Allen and Layna Himmelberg and Nursing instructors Stephanie Hopp and Kris Smith were nominated for the Nebraska Nurse of the Year award.
Nominations for the awards occurred last July. Hundreds of nurses across Nebraska and southwestern Iowa were recognized on Nov. 12 during a ceremony held at the Hilton hotel in downtown Omaha.
Any nurse who has been employed by a Nebraska employer for at least one year was eligible to be nominated for the Excellence in Nursing Award.
Allen, Himmelberg, Hopp and Smith were each nominated by Clarkson College faculty. All felt tremendously honored for their nominations:
It is an honor to be recognized by peers who put in the nomination. It is a good feeling to know that what you do for the students and the school is recognized. – Becky Allen
It is an honor! What a blessing to be nominated for this award; recognizing someone who exhibits excellence in their field. I strive to do my best each day for the students, fellow faculty and Clarkson College. Working with such caring and devoted faculty and staff makes it all worthwhile. – Layna Himmelberg
It was an honor to be nominated for this award. I love being a nurse and I'm passionate about teaching others about this wonderful field! – Stephanie Hopp
I am very honored to have been nominated for the nurse of the year award. I so value my profession and could not do the job I do without my fantastic coworkers. – Kris Smith