Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is pleased to announce the 2019 Fall Term Circle of Caring Award Winners: staff member Lonnie Brown and faculty member Judith Butler.
The Circle of Caring Award is given each term as a recognition for faculty and staff who go above and beyond their job duties and strive to uphold FNU’s mission and Culture of Caring every day.
Award winners are anonymously nominated by fellow FNU faculty and staff. Nominations are voted upon by a committee based on the following Culture of Caring characteristics: professionalism, mutual support, respect, positive communication and inclusivity.
Staff Winner: Lonnie Brown
Lonnie, a long-time member of FNU’s maintenance staff, exhibits a strong work ethic and a constant smile. He is known to go above and beyond to help students, faculty and staff on campus. His nominations cited several instances of Lonnie embodying FNU’s culture of caring.
“While we were preparing for the faculty meeting recently, a reception was set up in the wrong location due to a miscommunication. Between the end of dinner service and the event, Lonnie and the housekeeping/kitchen staff moved the entire event–including large numbers of crystal glasses and wine bottles–to the correct location, so the event could begin seamlessly.”
Another nomination stated, “A student had a flat tire and was instructed by her rental car company to bring the car back to trade it in, a task that couldn’t be accomplished without a drive to Hazard. Lonnie took the tire to a local Hyden repair place while the student was in her CB classes, had it fixed, and reinstalled it so she didn’t have to make the trip.”
“We had a lovely snow the second day of Bridge Bound,” said another nomination. “The next morning, Lonnie cleaned the snow off all the cars! He displayed amazing inclusivity and respect for students, faculty and staff this morning and it was greatly appreciated.”
Faculty Winner: Judith Butler, DNP, CNM, WHNP, CNE
Judith is an assistant professor and course coordinator at FNU. She also practices at a hospital midwifery unit in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. Judith obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from FNU in 2015 and has served in hospitals and birth centers for more than 20 years.
She was nominated by a colleague after helping in a recent time of need. “Judy stepped up and carried the entire DNP clinical leadership load for a full week while we all dealt with very serious life emergencies (including stroke, loss of a grandparent, and two out for surgery). Judy picked up the pieces, carried the weight that all four of us manage together, and did it gracefully and without complaint. She went out of her way to care for us, even while her own plate must have been overflowing.”
Judith credits the culture of caring she and her colleagues put into practice daily.
“I am sincerely grateful for this award but would like to include my amazing DNP team, who upon learning of the need to step up, jumped in and covered everything without hesitation,” she said. “FNU has instilled a culture of caring among us all. It’s not just words – we all walk the walk.”
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. To submit your nomination for the winter term Circle of Caring Award, click here!