At an Honors Recognition for the spring 2014 BSN graduates of the University of Detroit Mercy, Mary Herman and Mary Ortiz were recognized for their leadership and committment to excellence.
Herman, who works in the Comprehensive Breast Center, received the Sister Maurita Sengelaub, RSM, Summative Leadership Award. Herman has great respect for the work that Sr. Maurita Sengelaub has done as an esteemed leader in the Catholic healthcare system for six decades.
“My nursing practice will continue to be cultivated by respected colleagues, my passionate quest for learning and my Catholic faith tradition,” said Herman. “I have never really mapped out my professional goals but have believed in the power of saying, ‘yes,’ to life’s adventures and challenges. Therein lies the similarity between Sr. Maurita and I, we both continue to do the work God has gifted to us.”
Ortiz, who works in Radiation Oncology, received the Catherine McAuley Award for academic and leadership achievement. This award was also in recognition of her interest in social justice. Ortiz was motivated by the stories of uninsured patients. Prior to the passing of the Affordable Care Act, she spent time speaking at churches and civic organizations, circulating petitions, visiting with local and national legislators and making phone calls to fellow citizens asking for their support.
“Earning my BSN equips me with additional knowledge that can be put to use in caring for patients and provides me with a sense of personal satisfaction in having done my part to advance the standards of the nursing profession,” said Ortiz.
Congratulations to both nurses for being recognized. Thank you for your dedication and hard work!