TMC features Round Three of its Fab 50 Nurses

More than one-fourth of the nurses who will be honored this year as Tucson’s Fabulous 50 Nurses are associated with Tucson Medical Center.

The Tucson Nurses Week Foundation celebrates each year with city-wide events honoring the community’s dedicated nursing professionals. The annual Showcase of Tucson Nurses Conference will open the event on Friday, May 11, followed by the Fab 50 Nurses Gala on May 12, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort.

Here’s a look at the TMC nurses who will be honored:

  •  Kathryn Hughes, nursing practice

Hughes joined TMC in 1985, and after a stint at El Dorado Hospital, rejoined TMC in 2000. Hughes wrote an essay in the fifth grade saying she wanted to be a nurse someday, even though no one in her family was in the medical field. “I just like to help people,” she explained, adding she tries to serve as a sounding board for her colleagues.

What her colleagues say: “A critical care trauma nurse of 25 years, she can focus in on the root of any issue and have it solved before you can find a pen to write down the question. However, rather than make you feel uncomfortable, as she sees you still searching for your pen, she will give you hers, help you author the solution, and then send you on your way feeling intelligent, grateful and confident that we are doing exactly what needs to be done.”

Her favorite part of nursing: “Teaching staff members better ways to care for patients and seeing them ‘get it.’”

  • Bev Rusing, nursing practice

A transplant from Canada, Rusing joined TMC in 1997.  As a clinical educator, she helps with the orientation of new hires, ensures staff members are equipped to progress to the next level of skill and expertise and participates in committees house wide.  She provides support in the community for a variety of events and organizations.  Originally drawn to nursing because of the opportunities the field presents, she said her colleagues make the job special.

What her colleagues say: “She provides classes for the staff, teaching many of them herself. But in order to improve and grow staff/physician relationships, she arranges for some to be taught by the physicians. This time for interaction, away from the bedside, helps take staff and physicians to a different level of collaboration and appreciation.”

Her favorite part of nursing: “It’s the challenges and opportunities that present themselves every day.”

  • Michael Jackson, adult medical unit (750)

Jackson has a by-the-bootstraps story, starting out in housekeeping at a nursing home, then spending eight years becoming a certified nursing assistant. A father of five young daughters, Jackson received his nursing license in 2001 and has worked up to a clinical nurse lead position. He said he remains focused on patient care, embracing a strong customer service ethic.

What his colleagues say: “As a clinical nurse lead, he is responsible for setting the tone on the unit. He does this through his quiet manner and ability to communicate the needs of the unit to the staff. He cares so much about the unit and its success that he treats it like his home.”

His favorite part of nursing: “The coworkers, along with helping patients get better and helping staff achieve their goals.”

The Nurses Week Foundation grants this award each year in honor of Cheryl McGaffic, Barbara Monroe and Robin Rogers, nursing professors who lost their lives in 2002. The award recognizes a member of the Tucson nursing community who demonstrates significant leadership, skill ability in being a role model, coach, motivator, advocate, teacher and visionary.

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