Cornerstone VNA recently recognized June Gallup, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C, BCHH-C, COQS, Quality Improvement Director, with the 2020 Nightingale Award. The Nightingale Award is presented to a person who exemplifies Florence Nightingale’s work through best practice, mentorship, education and change. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is known for her work in fundamentally changing the role of nursing and introduced the concept of nursing standards.
According to Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO, “When reflecting on our past several months and who would best fit this year’s award, the one and only June Gallup came to mind.” Reynolds added, “Like Nightingale, she is not afraid to do what it takes to get things done. She gets involved, researches, shares resources and collaborates all in an effort to make sure we can meet our mission and improve when needed.” Julie describes June has having a wealth of knowledge from all her years as a nurse, manager and director. Her expertise during the pandemic was instrumental in Cornerstone VNAs success. June organized, planned, collaborated, secured personal protective equipment, educated and kept all staff informed about COVID-19.
Florence Nightingale earned the nickname, the “Lady with the Lamp” due to her long night-time walks to check on the condition of wounded soldiers. Julie adds, “I see carrying that lamp as a symbol that reflects the work that June does each day.”
According to June, “Despite all of the uncertainty over the past year, I work with a team that continues to provide the highest level of quality care possible. Cornerstone VNAs team’s dedication and commitment to our patients and the community is a true inspiration, and I am honored to help lead the COVID-19 response for this organization and truly honored to receive this award.”