The Board of Texas Nurses Association District 9, and the nearly 4,500 professional nurses they serve, know all too well the stress, trauma, and heartbreak endured in 2020 and 2021. District 9 is the largest and oldest nursing district in Texas, serving the Houston-Galveston area and encompassing 11 counties.

Emerging from the challenge of a pandemic, persevering through uncharted territory, and making an impact along the way was ever present in the daily work of the nurses in District 9. As family members were not allowed to be with their loved ones, nurses became a patient’s connection to the outside world; gloved hands embracing and comforting anxious patients, face timing family members so they could “see” their loved ones, quarantining from their own families, working beyond the limits of exhaustion, and then going home to create PPE factories in living rooms to protect co-workers, neighbors, and friends. These are just a few of the stories that will be shared April 22 at 7 p.m. during the virtual Meaningful Recognition ceremony honoring District 9 nurses.

While most of Houston was in quarantine and working from the comfort of their homes, nurses showed up, leaned in, sacrificed and worked overtime to get the job done.

Dr. Kimberly “Kimmie” Curtin serves at the president of Texas Nurses District 9, “Nurses are heroes every day. But what we saw and are still seeing during the COVID-19 pandemic was nothing short of remarkable. Honoring those who served without fear or hesitation is important to the board and me. Congratulations to all of the District 9 Nursing Heroes. Thank you for your leadership, innovation and sheer determination in this increased time of need.” The nursing profession is a family affair for Dr. Curtin as her daughter Cindi Curtin is also a nurse.

After a committee review of nominations submitted by peers, leaders and mentors, Texas Nurses District 9 is pleased to announce 151 Nursing Heroes who will be honored at a prerecorded virtual Meaningful Recognition. The event takes place April 22, at 7 p.m. The event link will be shared on the organization’s website, on social media and sent to all donors and recognized Nursing Heroes to share with family, friends, and co-workers.

Curtin continues, “I am proud of the amazing work and dedication that our board and organization provides to membership. I ask all Houston area individuals, families, and corporations that have been touched or impacted by the incredible work of a nurse to consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation to the Texas Nurses District 9 Foundation. Ensuring the future of health care and the highest level of performance from those in the nursing profession is our mission and our charge and we cannot do what we do without the generous support of our donors.”

To thank a nurse and show your gratitude and support, 100% tax-deductible donations can be made online at tnadistrict9.com, or mailed via check to the district offices.

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