Jody Newell

Daily votes can help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital nurse win national contest

Memphis, Tennessee, September 27, 2011


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital nurse Jody Newell is a semi-finalist in The “Amazing Nurses” Contest: Celebrating America’s Caregivers. Chosen from 1,500 nominations nationwide, Newell is one of only 20 semi-finalists.

Newell has been a nurse for 16 years, and since 2006 has leveraged his critical-care experience to make a difference in the lives of patients at St. Jude, which is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer or other life-threatening diseases. He is currently on the hospital’s sedation team.

“We were overwhelmed by what a caring and compassionate nurse Jody was to our son,” said the mother of a St. Jude patient whose child was having apprehensions about undergoing his first MRI. To alleviate the child’s fears, Newell made a game of checking the patient’s vital signs by sketching and coloring happy faces while the patient waited for an MRI.

 

How to help Newell win:

Beginning Tuesday, September 27, at 12:01 a.m. EST, visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/jnjnursingnotes and vote for Newell. Votes are allowed once a day until the contest ends Tuesday, October 18, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winning nurse will be announced in December.

The winner and a guest will attend the awards presentation “2011 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” in December and will be featured in a commercial on CNN. The nationwide contest, sponsored by The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, provides families, patients and communities the chance to honor the contributions of individual nurses.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care.

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