Celebrating our 2018 Regional Nurses of the Year

April 5, 2018

What makes nurses so special? We believe it is a special combination of head and heart. They have the knowledge and clinical expertise to provide the very best care as well as genuine compassion and empathy during their patients' most difficult or vulnerable times. It is no wonder nurses have been named the most trusted profession for the 16th consecutive year.

Each year, it is our honor to celebrate the best of the best nurses throughout the BrightStar Care organization through our Nurse of the Year program. These nurses exemplify everything it means to be a nurse and play an integral role in delivering our promise of A Higher Standard of Care to the clients and families we serve across the country.

We look forward to naming our 2018 National Nurse of the Year later this month. Learn more about our four Regional Nurses of the Year:

2018 Midwest Nurse of the Year | Jamie Stephenson, RN

Chelsie Brandl, Branch Manager of BrightStar Care West Bend says, "To say Jamie makes a difference in the lives of our clients is an understatement. She not only is a wonderful and competent nurse, she also has an exceptional ability to connect with people on a personal level. Her expertise and compassion are evident after even one conversation with her." Read Jamie's complete nomination letter and see pictures from her surprise reveal.

2018 Northeast Nurse of the Year | Tynisha Mosley-Bates, BSN, RN

Lynn Berberich, Owner of BrightStar Care Baltimore City/County says, "Tynisha Mosley-Bates, RN, BSN is known for her “firsts”. She was the valedictorian of her high school class. She was the first in her family to get a professional education. She obtained her CNA certificate and Geriatric Nursing Assistant certificates while still in high school. She paid for herself to go a technical institute and earned a laboratory Associate Certificate 2 years later.  She had two babies while working as a Laboratory Associate and Technician for 7 years at a hospital." Read Tynisha's complete nomination letter and see pictures from her surprise reveal.

2018 Southeast Nurse of the Year | Monica Garrett-Hughes, BSN, RN

Lisa Velasquez, RN, BSN, Administrator for BrightStar Care Lubbock says, "Monica’s clinical background includes the areas of Newborn Nursery, Neonatal ICU, Patient Education, and Home Health. She enjoys teaching and has taught Practical Nursing and Health Science for a total of nine years, working to prepare students for entry-level positions in the healthcare industry. Being a nurse and an educator has consistently afforded her with opportunities to utilize and expand her professional skills while interacting with diverse populations of clients, students, and co-workers." Read Monica's complete nomination letter and see pictures from her surprise reveal.

2018 West Nurse of the Year | Carl A. Brown, BSN, RN

Todd Clement, Owner of BrightStar Care Central Western Riverside County says, "Carl is the poster child as to what each BrightStar Care Registered Nurse should strive for. He contributes to A Higher Standard of Care above and beyond just his job title and expected duties – he goes the extra mile with clients, families, employees, office staff, referral sources, and the community consistently. " Read Carl's complete nomination letter and see pictures from his surprise reveal.