Nelson with her husband, Mark
Kathya Gavazzi, RN, remembers the exact moment when she knew she wanted to become a nurse – she was in labor with her second child and was cared for by “the most amazing nurse.” Some two decades later, it is Gavazzi – now a clinical nurse specialist on the MGH Vincent Obstetrics & Gynecology Labor and Delivery Unit – who is being credited as an exceptional and inspirational caregiver.
Gavazzi and Paula Nelson, RN, also of the Labor and Delivery Unit, were honored Dec. 3 by the March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter as finalists for its annual Nurse of the Year Awards, during a ceremony at the VERVE Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick. The statewide awards event recognized 25 exceptional nurses across seven categories, who were honored for helping promote the future of the nursing profession while also helping to advance the March of Dimes, an organization that seeks to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. “It was a really lovely evening and it was an honor to be surrounded by this group of really amazing people,” says Nelson, who has worked at the MGH for 14 years and also serves as a clinical instructor on the Maternity Unit. She was nominated in the “Education” award category by Mary Mayville, DNP, MSN, BSN, assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing at Northeastern University, who said Nelson “consistently creates an environment conducive to successful learning and presents an incredible role model of professional nursing to novice nurses.&rdquo
Gavazzi, who has worked for the MGH for 18 years, was nominated in the “Advanced Practice” category by Susan Caffrey, RN, nurse director for the Labor and Delivery Unit. Caffrey praised Gavazzi’s ability to help nursing students achieve their goals during their Obstetrics and Gynecology rotation, and for her dedication to advancing the profession by obtaining her master’s degree while working as a staff nurse.
Gavazzi with her husband, Steven
“We are all so proud of Kathya and Paula for their outstanding dedication to providing compassionate care to our patients on a daily basis and for their commitment to sharing their expertise and knowledge with the next generation of nurses,” says Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse.
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