The Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders has honored Julie Grace, R.N., BSN, CCRN, Nurse Clinician at Mercy Hospital St. Louis with the MONL Rising Nurse Leader of the Year Award. The award was presented on Thursday, Nov. 2, during an awards luncheon at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 95th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.
Grace recently assumed nurse leadership for two cardiac progressive care units in separate areas of the hospital. As a nurse leader, she has demonstrated her willingness to try new things, including leading unit staff best practice implement to improve patient care.
She values being present. In addition to moving between the two units, she is committed to spending time with day, evening and weekend staff to ensure care is efficient and that all members of the staff have access to leadership. She works to keep her co-workers happy and inspired to do their best, while encouraging they pursue the training needed to provide the best care and move them to the next career level.
Grace is active outside the hospital as well. She supports families staying at the Ronald McDonald house, and she created a competition to collect hats, gloves and scarves for donation to a local charity.