Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is proud to announce our faculty and staff winners of the Winter term 2021 Circle of Caring Award! This year’s faculty winner is Jan Engstrom, and for the first time, there are two staff winners this quarter, Susan Morgan & Katie Moses, who are both admissions officers.
The Circle of Caring Award is given to recognize FNU faculty and staff members who go above and beyond in upholding our mission and contributing to our Culture of Caring.
Nominations for this award were submitted anonymously by faculty and staff. A committee then voted on each nomination based on the following Culture of Caring characteristics: professionalism, mutual support, respect, positive communication, and inclusivity.
Dr. Engstrom was nominated by three different sources this quarter. Here is what they had to say about why she deserved to be the winter Circle of Caring faculty winner:
Nomination #1 – “This past term, Dr. Engstrom went above and beyond to assist the PC702 faculty/team when a colleague was out sick. She picked up several extra BBBs while continuing her diligent student assistance on our Discussion Q&A board. Dr. Engstrom is an unbelievable tutor and her flexibility to meet with students is unmatched. She is available on nights and weekends, hosting group and one-on-one sessions. Dr.Engstrom took on an extraordinary amount of work–and it should and needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. We are so lucky to have her as a colleague, friend, and example of excellence to our students. Additionally, Dr. Engstrom recently sent each of the faculty on our team a unique book that was chosen based on individual interests. It meant a lot to me and the others to feel seen and heard by a fellow team member.”
Nomination #2 – “In the middle of the Winter 2021 term, one of our team members became ill and missed over three weeks of work. Dr. Engstrom offered to take over the two modules assigned to that faculty member. Jan taught the BBBs, reviewed the modules, and made sure the assignments were correct before they opened. The most amazing thing about this is that Dr. Engstrom is half-time in the course and tutors for 10 hours a week. On top of everything else she does, she took on a full-time faculty’s work for two modules. Taking on this work was a truly excellent show of professionalism and caring for the team and students. She went above and beyond. She truly exemplified the Culture of Caring at FNU.”
Nomination #3 – Dr. Engstrom goes above and beyond for students. Students consistently praise Dr. Engstrom for her passion for her work, taking the time to meet with them, her communication style, and explaining course material effectively. She receives positive praise term after term.
Upon hearing of her award, Dr. Engstrom responded, “I am deeply honored by this award. We are living at a time when we are facing the greatest health crisis in a century and undergoing sweeping social change. It is more important than ever to practice the principles in the Culture of Caring: respect, inclusivity, positive communication, mutual support, and professionalism. The words in Frontier Nursing University’s Culture of Caring are words to live by and can help us move peacefully and productivity through this challenging time.”
Although Frontier historically only chooses one individual in each category per quarter, both Susan Morgan & Katie Moses stepped up to the plate and exemplified what a Culture of Caring means.
Here is what their nominator had to say about their example:
“Yesterday, I went to campus to receive my second covid shot. As I waited in line, I witnessed the most amazing kindness and service from my two coworkers, Susan Morgan & Katie Moses. After receiving their first shots, they buzzed around the long, long line of eager people waiting their turn outside. They chatted with many of these people but also brought wheelchairs and folding chairs for some of the older adults waiting outside. In one particular instance, they brought an elderly woman, “Miss Millie,” a wheelchair, wheeled her in to receive her shot and waited with her afterward. Miss Millie was quite frail and could not have navigated the long line and vaccine process without the additional help. Additionally, Miss Millie’s ride could not be located, so Morgan and Moses used their cell phones to call and try to locate her driver. On my way out, I watched them help Miss Millie into Susan’s car to drive the woman home. I do not believe Morgan and Moses were the “official FNU volunteers” on duty that day, yet, they were so kind and generous in helping others. They were wearing their blue polos and name badges and provided the perfect picture of an FNU employee. These two brought 110% FNU spirit to the vaccine clinic, and I loved witnessing such a beautiful act of kindness! I know Miss Millie was thankful to have them there supporting her, too.”
Here is what Morgan and Moses said after hearing of their award:
Morgan- “During the event in question, we did not think anyone saw us. We only saw an individual in need. I try to live by the words Kindness is free and most always accepted. We saw an individual in need, and no one was there to help her. It was my honor to meet her and to spend that time with her. She was a very wise lady with a kind heart. I did not look for any recognition and only want to be kind to others to make my little corner of the world a better place.”
Moses- “Firstly, I am always pleasantly surprised to be considered for this award whenever I am nominated, so to be chosen is an honor. Secondly, I’d like to think that I am a person who tries to do what is right for someone in need, especially when it seems more of a necessity or obligation than just on a whim. I’m glad to be a part of a team that encourages kindness and recognizes those who show it to each other in this day and age when it is needed most.”
Thank you to Jan, Susan and Katie for being an excellent example of FNU’s Culture of Caring! We love seeing all of the positive work people in the FNU community are doing every day! Click here to submit a nomination for the summer term Circle of Caring awards.