Illinois ENA gives special recognition to an outstanding member through its Merikay Joyce, RN, Meritorious Service Award. This award recognizes a nurse who exemplifies outstanding practice and dedication to the nursing profession as demonstrated by clinical skill, compassion and commitment. This individual is recognized by their peers as an expert in emergency nursing and consistently exhibits professional behavior and commitment to the profession.
The award was established in 1979 by the Illinois EDNA (Emergency Department Nurses Association) Coordinating Council in memory of Mary Catherine (Merikay) Millaney Joyce who died in February 1979. Merikay was an ER staff nurse at Little Company of Mary Hospital, and active in EDNA at chapter and state levels. She was an admired colleague and good friend. The following is transcribed from the original memo about the award and its criteria sent to the Councillors and Chapter Presidents on Mary 20, 1979, by the Awards Committee Chairman Diane Lovett.
“As you may or may not know, Merikay Joyce, RN, a former Illinois EDNA Councilor, died on Friday, February 16. In addition to serving on the council for three years, Merikay was an active member of the Southwest EDNA Chapter, and served for two years as EDNA Exhibits Chairman for the Illinois Combined Scientific Assembly. Her cheerful and enthusiastic donation of her time and talents to further the cause of emergency nursing can serve as a model to us all.
The 1978-79 Awards Committee has recommended that a permanent Illinois EDNA Award be established in Merikay’s name, to be called the Merikay Joyce, RN, Meritorious Service Award.”
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2020 – Karin Buchanan, PhD, MSN, RN, CEN
2019 – Vicki Bacidore, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CEN, TNS
2018 – Thelma Kuska, BSN, RN, CEN, FAEN
2016 – Kathleen Richmond, MS, RN, CIC
2014 – Darcy Egging, RN, MSN, C-ANP, CEN
2013 – Evelyn Lyons, RN, MPH