Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is proud to announce our faculty and staff winners of the Winter term 2020 Circle of Caring Award: Sharon Weyer and Michelle Janes.
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.
Here is what her nominee had to say about faculty winner Sharon Weyer, DNP, APRN, FNP-C:
As a valued member of the Bridge team, Sharon Weyer has always exhibited the Culture of Caring principles. For the spring term Bridge Bound and Crossing, she went above the expectations of her role when another faculty member’s child became ill just before she was scheduled to travel to Hyden. At about 7 am, Sharon learned of the child’s illness and volunteered without hesitation to come to campus in the faculty member’s place. Sharon hurriedly made travel arrangements and arrived on campus in time to participate in the welcome session that evening.
Throughout Bridge Bound and Crossing, Sharon readily participated and led the sessions to which she was assigned and shared her expertise, caring and passion with our students. The faculty member was able to stay home and take care of her young child thanks to Sharon’s helpfulness, sensitivity, thoughtfulness, respect and professionalism. Sharon is a valued member of the Bridge faculty and FNU community who exemplifies the Culture of Caring principles.
In response to learning of her nomination, Sharon said, “Thank you for the nomination for the Circle of Caring award. I was able to cover at the last minute at Bridge Bound/Crossing the Bridge so a faculty member could stay home with an ill family member. Attending Bridge Bound in March with the final admitted Bridge class provided me with several blessings. I was able to support my colleagues at Bound, so they had full staffing. The faculty at Bridge Bound were very supportive, offering to share anything I might have forgotten to pack during my last-minute packing. I met the new students face to face beginning their journey at Frontier to become advanced practice registered nurses. During the Journey to the Frontier sessions, I witnessed the bond-forming with the new group of students as they shared the amazing stories of their heartwarming and destined journey to Frontier.”
Nominations for staff member Michelle Janes included the following:
Michelle genuinely is a light in our office! She thinks of ways to encourage others! Often her lunchtime trips to the Dollar Tree end with a thoughtful gesture! Most recently, she gave each of us a little hand sanitizer for our desk. We’ve all been a little overwhelmed with the COVID-19 news but, Michelle thinks of her co-workers and others! She shared with the entire Versailles Campus this website: https://lovefortheelderly.org/letters, an organization dedicated to sending uplifting letters to our elderly population. Michelle is hoping to share the love with them during the “social distancing” time on our campus and in our nation. She’s offered to share her own stock of cards to send letters. Her sensitive and caring spirit inspires each of us and reminds us to show kindness-even in difficult times!
When she found out she would be receiving the award, Michelle said, “It’s so sweet to receive this award. It’s much appreciated.”
Thank you to Sharon and Michelle for contributing to FNU’s Culture of Caring every day! We encourage everyone to keep the nominations coming and remind you to send a Culture of Caring card to personally thank your nominee. Please feel free to start submitting nominations for summer term! Click here to make your nomination.