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Med-surg nurse is RN of the year
Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.parro@ahss.org

Glendale Heights – Aberash (Abby) Beyene, RN, medical/surgical unit nurse at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, was named the hospital’s Nurse of the Year. Beyene emigrated from Ethiopia to the United States in 1998 and has been a nurse for 19 years. She lives in Schaumburg and has worked at GlenOaks since 2006.

Her first three months in nursing school were so demanding that Beyene wasn’t sure she made the right career decision. But she soon realized she was meant to be a nurse. Her favorite part of the job is the ability to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.

“Taking care of patients and seeing patients recover is the best part,” she said.
Nurses and other hospital employees submitted nominations for the annual honor, presented May 12 at the hospital to celebrate National Nurses Week. Beyene will a receive $1,000 reward from the hospital for her achievement.

Char Kaczkowski, manager, medical/surgical unit, said Beyene is a clinical resource for her colleagues. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree and is also seeking her cardiovascular nurse certification (CVRN).

“If someone on the unit has a clinical question, they go to Abby,” Kaczkowski said.  “The first thing she said when she won was to take the money and sign up for more certification classes.”

Maria Knecht, RN, MSN, CNA-BC, director, med-surg and ICU, said Beyene is not only a nurse, but also a leader, mentor, role model, preceptor, change-agent and friend.

“Abby embodies the heart and soul of the nursing profession, and is the face of nursing at Adventist GlenOaks,” Knecht said. “She was nominated by both staff and patients and families for making a difference in their lives and consistently demonstrating compassion, clinical excellence and dedication to the nursing profession.”

Beyene also was recognized as the 2010 med/surg section winner. Other section winners are as follows:
•    Intensive care unit: Anna Koziol
•    Surgical services: Alice Amancio
•    Behavioral health geriatric treatment unit: Yvette Lu, geriatrics, and Roditha Vincenta, adult behavioral health
•    Emergency department: Dawn Baca
•    Special additions birth center: Kelly Ehrmann
•    Nursing leadership: Maria Suvacarov, nurse educator