by, Pampers Swaddlers
The story of Anne Gallagher, staff nurse at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences, is one of the many stories that inspire and remind us of the dedication and care that goes into the nursing profession.
Anne has been a nurse for 38 years, and nursing runs in her family. Five women in her family were nurses, including her mother, who inspired her to eventually enter into the profession herself. Anne truly believes that nursing is more than a job, it’s a vocation that gives her life meaning. She continues to acquire new knowledge and experience to apply to her work with new parents. Recently, she completed a Master’s Degree from Write Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential in Transformational leadership and coaching.
“It is my privilege as a nurse to accompany, educate and support people on this journey … to facilitate their development, and expression, and tune into their instincts and inner wisdom in partnership with their babies and staff,” says Gallagher.
We are proud to announce Anne Gallagher, staff nurse at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, as the grand prize honoree of the Pampers Swaddlers Thank You Nurses Awards program. Her understanding of what it means to become a brand-new parent, and the specific needs of newborns and mothers during labor, delivery and the first few days that follow, made her stand out. With this award we celebrate Anne’s contributions throughout her career and her ongoing commitment to the care of babies and mothers.
Anne beautifully describes how babies transform and even empower us. “It’s important for moms to understand that all the instincts are right there. A mother’s body is a baby’s natural habitat … the baby is going to help her. It’s a little being that wants to live and survive … when they see that, they are empowered, they know what to do! It’s a magnificent moment.”
At Pampers our mission is to care for the happy and healthy development of babies. We know that nurses share this mission, and that’s why we proudly recognize and honor the essential role nurses play in improving the lives of babies and families through the work they do each and every day. In partnership with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) we developed the Pampers Swaddlers Thank You Nurses campaign and awards program.
Through this campaign, we’ve encountered the stories of many nurses who embody the caring spirit and dedication of this very special career, and every single story has inspired us. To shed light on the integral role that nurses play in the first few minutes, hours and days of babies’ lives and the vital support they provide to their parents, the unique and compelling stories of three nurses were shared through short documentary videos: Anne Gallagher, RN, MSN; Capt. Navy Nurse Corps (Ret.) Trice Harrold, BSN, RN; and K. Michelle Doyle, RN, CNM, NYS, LM, each of whom deeply impacts the lives of families every day.
With this award and the entire Pampers Swaddlers Thank You Nurses campaign, we want to recognize the hard work and dedication of Anne, Trice, Michelle and all nurses everywhere.
Anne’s documentary video is available for viewing, here.
For more information about the Pampers Swaddlers Thank You Nurses campaign go to Pampers Facebook Page and join the conversation via #ThankYouNurses.
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