New Orleans Real Estate News: 100 Great Nurses Honored

100 Great Nurses Honored


Last night, I had the honor of attending the 21st Annual Great 100 Nurses Night at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, LA.   This event is held each year to spotlight 100 nurses in southeast Louisiana for their contributions and commitment to nursing in our state. 

There is a shortage of nursing professionals across the country, but the need is especially acute in the New Orleans area since Hurricane Katrina.  The 100 honored individuals have made a choice to remain in the area and continue to dedicate themselves to providing the highest standard of patient care.

Each honoree was individually presented with a certificate and a pin to wear on their uniform proclaiming them as one of the chosen few.  Every one of them had their own cheering section, loudly clapping, whistling and yelling out encouragement as they stepped up to the stage.  It was wonderful to see all of the smiles on their faces, knowing that they were appreciated for the hard work they do.

My mother in law was one of those honored.  She has been a nurse for 50 years now.  As a matter of fact, she recently attended her 50 year reunion at St. John's Nursing School in Springfield, Missouri.  She has not taken one break from nursing in her entire career and continues to work in the Jefferson Parish mental health system at an outpatient clinic.  At an age when she could easily be retired, she chooses to continue to help others.

My hat is off to all of the RNs who were honored last night, each of whom has their own story of perseverance and dedication.  Congratulations to all!


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Comment balloon 11 commentsLisa Heindel • October 11 2007 10:43AM


What a great post Lisa - and a great tribute to your areas Angels of Mercy!

My God Bless your Mother in Law :)


Grace Safrin

Posted by Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Lisa, What a wonderful story and Nurses, for the most part, aren't acknowledged very often for all the work they do.  Blessings to all of them and very special blessings to your mother in law!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago

Grace, thank you!  We are so very proud of her!

Carole, thank you too!  I cannot believe that she is still working full time.  We keep asking her when she will retire, and she simply says "What else would I do?"  Go Grandma!!

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago

I'll never forget the time my band was on tour and I sat next to an ER nurse on the plane. I remember thinking how small and insignificant my contribution to others was. Here I was standing in front of thousands of people at a time in these great venues...while this woman quietly went about healing people in ways that would make me break down.

Nursing is awesome. It's great that your community has this event to honor the truly honorable. Thanks, Lisa!

Posted by Jolynne Photography, Creative Wedding Photography, Family Portraits, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Senior Pictures, Event Photography (Jolynne Photography) over 12 years ago
Joey, the keynote speaker reminded everyone of the fact that nurses are considered the most trusted professionals.  If only the real estate industry could have half of the consumer confidence they have, we would be in a much better place.
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago
Very nice to give such recognition to one of our oldest professions of True Givers :) :) Congratualte your mother-in-law from me :) :)
Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 12 years ago
I will pass that on, Kathy.  Thanks for popping in!
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago
Lisa, what an honor to have these nurses stay when so many have abandoned the area. Their dedication speaks volumes. Thank you for sharing their story and your mom's story of true dedication in such a worthy profession.
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 12 years ago
Gena, we have a serious shortage of health care workers here, especially mental health professionals.  We are so proud that she continues to help those in need every day.  Thanks for your comments..I appreciate it!
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago
Mucho kudos to your Mother-In-Law Lisa!  Their line of work is of the utmost importance to our general well being....
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 12 years ago
Thanks, Jason!  I think so too.
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 12 years ago