UAB Medicine nurses do extraordinary things every day, going above and beyond for our patients and living our Core Values. Their stories of excellence are passed along too seldom, so let’s give kudos to the three nurses highlighted below, who each earned recognition for devoting themselves to advancing the profession and furthering their education.
Shahrazad Hobdy, RN, began working at The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital in 2003 as a certified medical assistant in Internal Medicine I, where she has worked in several roles, including the Resource Pool. She earned her licensed practical nurse (LPN) degree in 2016, and in May 2018 she graduated with her RN from Lawson State Community College. Hobdy is a past recipient of the CMA of the Year award, and those who work with her value and appreciate how she cares for her patients and coworkers. On top of it all, she completed this journey as a single mother of five children and a grandmother to two more, all while working full time. Congratulations Nurse Hobdy!
Cheri Plasters, BSN, CCRN, a critical care registered nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), received the Barbara A. McLean Contributions to Critical Care Nursing Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Her contributions to critical care nursing at UAB Hospital and through the local and national American Association of Critical Care Nursing were listed in her nomination. Not one to stand alone in the spotlight, Plasters is quick to give credit to her coworkers. “The SICU team is a great part of UAB Medicine’s commitment to achieving the best outcomes possible,” Plasters says. “Critical care nursing is evolving, and without a strong team that is competent, our efforts would not be as effective. The work UAB nurses do to support patients and families in critical care and through transitions of care to get them in their best health is a team effort. I love being a part of it.”
Quanecia Beasley, DO, spent the past three years working as a flex patient care technician (PCT) at UAB Medicine while attending the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she graduated on June 2, 2018. Transitioning from a PCT to a doctor is rare, so congratulations to Dr. Beasley, who also holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Auburn University and a master’s degree in public health from Meharry Medical College.