For Sally Derrick, BSN, RN, CPN, one of the most recent winners of D Magazine's Excellence in Nursing Award, there was never really a question of what she would be when she grew up — you might even say it was in her blood. Her grandmother and aunt were both nurses, and her uncle and grandfather were both doctors.
Molly King, MSN, MPH, RN, CPNP-AC, one of this year's D Magazine Excellence in Nursing winners, her interest in the medical field began in early childhood. She was born with a birth defect that required several surgeries at a young age so she was in and out of the hospital often.
Spend any amount of time with Becky Moore, BSN, RN, CPN, as she cares for patients in the Claude Prestidge Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children's Health, and there's no question that she is exactly where she was always meant to be or why she was recently recognized as a 2018 D Magazine Excellence in Nursing winner.
When Pam Petersen, RN, AE-C, Pulmonology, was in fifth grade, her sister severed her radial artery after accidentally breaking a glass window with her hand. Instinctively, Pam, who would go on to become one of the 2018 D Magazine Excellence in Nursing winners years later, put pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding – and from then on, she was always interested about how the body worked.
Mary Reece, RN, one of the newest winners of the D Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards, knew she wanted to be a nurse long before she finished high school in her home state of Nebraska. After nursing school, an internship led her to Dallas and, eventually, to Children's Health.