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Chicagoland Super Star Community and Public Health Nurses - Now Is Your Chance to Win $25,000
Date:4/17/2008

VNA Foundation Seeking Nominations for 2008 Awards to Celebrate Exemplary

Nurses Who Support Chicagoland's Medically Underserved Communities

CHICAGO, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Last summer, when Sally Lemke lost her nursing job providing prenatal care to pregnant women in the city's Austin community, she still felt like a super star. That's because the week before she learned of her layoff, she was recognized for her commitment and passion for community health nursing and named the $25,000 winner of the VNA Foundation's 2007 Super Star in Community Nursing Award. Lemke also didn't realize the profound effect she would have shining a light on the challenges of her profession. Her layoff made front page news and community health professionals throughout Chicagoland reached out to thank Lemke for her courage and for raising awareness for the often under-paid and under-appreciated nurses that provide much-needed medical care to the city's underserved communities. Lemke's story has a happy ending. Today, she is happily working for Chicago Lights Center for Whole Health at Fourth Presbyterian Church in partnership with the Rush University College of Nursing, doing exactly what she loves: providing grassroots wellness care to the women who need it most.

There are thousands of nurses just like Sally Lemke working to make sure the underserved communities get the medical attention they desperately need. As the sponsor of the Super Star in Community Nursing Award, the VNA Foundation is now accepting nominations, through May 8th, for its 2008 awards. Nominated individuals must work in community/public health and demonstrate excellence in direct nursing care, exceptional client advocacy, and/or innovation and creativity that improves the health of the people they serve. Nominations can now be submitted online at http://www.vnafoundation.net. The 2008 winner will be announced in June and will receive
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