“Our family is nominating Alicia for this award because she was our primary night nurse during our 86 day stay in the NICU. Our twin boys were born at 33-1/2 weeks and we knew we would have a NICU stay but did not fully understand what a toll it would take on us mentally and physically. Alicia cared for our twin boys through the night and her experience, selflessness and compassion for her job made it very easy for us to leave at night. One of our twins, Ethan became very sick with a sepsis infection and we did not know if he would make it through the next 24 hours. Ethan was very irritable and fussy and Alicia many times just held him throughout the night to comfort him. Ethan loved baths and Alicia loved giving him baths. Alicia always went above and beyond what her job called for. She loved our babies as if they were her own. There were many times Ethan was not doing well and Alicia would let us know we needed to take care of ourselves and to go home and get a good night sleep and she would take good care of Ethan. She advocating for Ethan and our family. We are forever grateful that God brought her into our lives. Thank you Alicia for being our nurse and friend.
We knew we were going to have to spend time in the NICU but no matter how much we mentally prepared ourselves, the experience was still scary and nothing you can prepare yourself for. Our boys were born early at 33-1/2 weeks and Angie was one of our daytime primary nurses. Angie requested to become our primary nurse after hearing our struggle with fertility and the loss of our son Logan who was stillborn at 36 weeks a year prior to delivering our twins. One of our twins, Ethan became very ill with a sepsis infection while in the NICU, I believe he is alive today due to Angieâ€™s persistence and advocating for us and reaching out and working with the Doctors to give him blood transfusions. Ethan was so sick at a point we didnâ€™t even know if he was going to live through the next 24 hours, Angie was there for Ethan, she played music for him, tried to make him as comfortable as possible. Not only did she take care of our boys she took care of my husband and myself. She helped me with learning the ins and outs of breastfeeding, giving us every chance possible to do kangaroo care with the boys even with Ethan being sick. She always checked in with us even while she was not working. Thank you Angie for making our 86 day stay in the NICU a great experience and helping us to be comfortable enough to take care of our boys without being intimidated by all the tubes, machines, etc. I thank God for blessing us with Angie, not only is she a great nurse but also now a great friend. Thank you Angie for all you have done for the Schilling family. We love you.”
Nominated by Debbie Schilling