Since the Cameos of Caring® Program & Awards Gala was created in 1999, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing has honored 822 nursing professionals.
In 2014, the School of Nursing was pleased to honor eleven alumni and one current student with the Cameos of Caring Award.
Here are a few of their stories:
Kimberly S. Ackerman, RN, MSN ’10, CPNP-PC
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Kimberly Ackerman is a nurse practitioner in the Intestinal Care & Rehabilitation Center at Children’s Hospital where she strives to provide the best care possible, have the utmost compassion for those who are ill, and to be the most supportive caregiver to her patients.
Growing up, nursing was in her blood. Her mother’s daily nursing stories at the dinner table inspired Ackerman to follow a very similar career path, one where she gained another “family.” This is how she refers to her equally passionate peers at Children’s Hospital. Ackerman loves being a nurse for this reason and so many other reasons.
What Ackerman loves most about being a pediatric transplant and intestinal care nurse is seeing her incredibly resilient patients bounce back from such serious conditions. She states that these children are her heroes and daily motivation.
Janice M. McNulty, MSN ’97, CRNP, ACHPN
Allegheny Health Network, Allegheny General Hospital
Janice McNulty is a nurse practitioner in the Allegheny Health Network Palliative Medicine Division. Her experience and compassion for patients over the decades have made her an invaluable staff member. Her expertise in palliative care is demonstrated by her achievement of board certification in hospice and palliative medicine by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN), the highest level of recognition in the Palliative Medicine field.
Janice is not just knowledgeable in her field - she is also extremely caring about her patients. A former colleague commented, “Families quickly realize they can rest, knowing Janice is caring for their loved ones.” To McNulty, one of the best parts of being a nurse is the ability to care for ailing patients and their loved ones. She notes, “I remember a patient…with uncontrolled pain who said, ‘after lying in pain for so many days, you just give up.’ Within 12 hours, I had her pain well controlled and she was smiling. That is the reward of nursing.”
McNulty serves as the representative for Palliative Medicine on the Allegheny General Hospital Ethics Committee and AGH Cancer Committee. She is also a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA).
Bonnie J. Mountain, RN, BSN ’94, CCRN
Indiana Regional Medical Center
Bonnie Mountain is a nurse on the telemetry unit at Indiana Regional Medical Center, where she has worked for over 30 years. She earned her RN from Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. Bonnie is a member of American Association of Critical Care Nurses and has maintained her CCRN Certification. She is a preceptor and a mentor to other nurses and staff.
As long as Bonnie could remember, she always wanted to be a nurse and with her mother’s motivation and encouragement, she accomplished that dream. She also said, “God has helped me attain that goal. I care about people, and my desire is to help people in any way I can”. Bonnie’s patients appreciate the care she gives because she treats them with respect and understanding in the most trying of situations. She goes home at the end of each shift knowing that she did the very best she could for her patients.