California Nurse Recognized for Excellence

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Carla Mensonides, a member of Modesto (Calif.) Christian Reformed Church, was recently recognized by the 2011 California Nursing Excellence Awards for her work in mentoring nurses.

Carla Mensonides received a Nursing Excellence Award for her mentoring program.

NurseWeek magazine selected Mensonides from a group of five finalists at a gala in Los Angeles.

Mensonides’ director, Betty Lopez, nominated Mensonides for her work as a healthcare career coordinator at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

Mensonides faced competition from much larger hospitals, including UCLA, Loma Linda, and UCSF.

“Just being recognized by my director was a ‘performance evaluation’ of a lifetime. Talk about a pinnacle experience,” said Mensonides.

Mensonides has been a nurse for more than 20 years but has spent the past 10 mentoring young people and adults interested in the health-care field. She reaches 750-1,000 students annually.

By getting into schools and reaching out to at-risk teens, Mensonides has offered a vision of a brighter future to struggling students. The program provides employment, scholarships, and support for students entering the health-care profession. 

“She is present in their classrooms or at their clinical sites, welcoming them and assuring them that our organization is a window to their potential future,” said Lopez.

Mensonides speaks to many organizations about the health-care field, provides job-shadowing opportunities, and promotes those pursuing careers in health care.

“I tell students that in this career they can make a difference in people’s lives every day,” said Mensonides.

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Carla has been such an inspiration to me. A beautiful friend and awesome mentor. I have worked with Carla for the last 21/2 years. She has given me excellent advise, tears and laughter. What can be more encouraging than that?! My time with Carla (at work) is coming to an end, but I know I will be lifelong friends with her and her family. Thank you God for bringing her into my life. I love you Carla!

Carla is one of the most friendly fun loving people you will ever meet. She is an inspiration to our whole church. We love her and are super proud of her.

I am proud to be a great-niece of such a wonderful and inspiring woman! This was unbelievably exciting for her and our whole family and church family could not have been more thrilled. I love her and am so proud of the way she shines God's light and uses the gifts He's given her to help other people! Congratulations, Auntie Carla!

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