2016 Friends of Nursing
Betty Trotter Award for Excellence

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Mario’s story begins when he was hired to work in Baylor St. Luke’s Environmental Services Department at only 19 years old. He was promoted to the Patient Placement Program and became a patient transfer coordinator. He triaged incoming calls and coordinated patient transfer requests from other facilities. Interacting with patients ignited a desire to do more for them by furthering his education and becoming a nurse. He is now a nurse working in 7 Tower on the hepatology unit. Mario worked 12-hour weekend shifts at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center so he could attend nursing school and balance family life with his wife and 5-year-old-son. “I was only able to afford to attend college while supporting my family through the help of Friends of Nursing,” he said. “Now I can say I am a college graduate in a very respected profession.”