Union Woman Wins Nursing Excellence Award

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Pictured at the 2010 Nursing Excellence Awards held on May 12, during Nurses’ Week at Saint Barnabas Medical Center are Michelle Roper; Imelda Perez-Bulos, RN, of Union; and Sari Kaplon, RN, MBA, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

LIVINGSTON — Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston recently honored Imelda Perez-Bulos, RN, of Union with the Morton Samuels Award for Excellence in Nursing. The award recognizes nurses at Saint Barnabas who exemplify excellence by going above and beyond, standing out, possessing excellent clinical skills and being dependable.

As a high school student in the Philippines, Perez-Bulos was unsure what career path to follow.  Being undecided, she followed a group of friends who were entering nursing school.  After graduating, she spent a mandatory six months, providing public health nursing in rural areas. When she looks back at this time in the beginning of her nursing career. Perez-Bulos remembers how the experience made her quickly realize how important the work of nurses can be. She still feels fortunate that she was able to help people and be involved in their lives.  “It was both an uplifting and humbling experience, which made me begin to appreciate nursing as a profession,” she said.

That was over 30 years ago and Perez-Bulos has spent each day since making the world a better place for her patients and their loved ones.  According to Perez-Bulos, “Nursing is both a profession and vocation and not everyone is tailored to be one. Nurses perform good deeds on a daily basis.”

The annual Morton Samuels Excellence in Nursing Award, which this year celebrates its 25th Anniversary, was established in 1985 and is made possible through the generosity of the Samuels and Lobel families. The award was created to show the family’s appreciation for the excellent nursing care that their husband and father, Morton Samuels, received while a patient at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, and to recognize the importance of nurses to patients and families.

According to Gale Lobel, Mr. Samuels’ daughter, “My family wanted to remember my father in a loving way and we felt a fitting tribute would be to establish a nursing award in his memory.”

“Saint Barnabas would not be such an outstanding facility without the compassion, caring, clinical skills and empathy that our nurses have. This award gives us the opportunity to recognize these nurses for their commitment to their profession,” says John F. Bonamo, M.D., M.S., Executive Director.

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