Deborah Cosgrove Health care setting: Home Health Care / Visiting Nurse Nominee’s role



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Deborah Cosgrove

Health care setting: Home Health Care / Visiting Nurse -

Nominee’s role: Other - Exec Dir, Physician & Concierge Svces

Nominator’s relationship to nominee: Wife of patient
1. Describe how your nominee has shown concern for humanity.
Deb Cosgrove goes well beyond the immediate medical needs of her patients to help support them and their families emotionally, physically, socially, even financially. She never gives up, personally following up with referrals and resources, arguing with insurance companies if necessary, and literally doing anything else that can help a patient feel better. She is utterly selfless and giving, upbeat and optimistic in even the most dire circumstances. She gives 10000 percent, responding to calls and even making home visits late at night, and doesn't stop until she's left no stone unturned in her efforts to help.
2. What do you consider your nominee’s most significant contribution to the nursing profession?

I think her most significant contribution is her understanding that a patient's needs must be seen holistically and treated in the context of the whole person and his or her family and environment, and not just in relation to the specific presenting symptoms or condition. She has a unique skill for instilling confidence and hope even when there is little reason for hope. She works with every family member, knowing that a patient does better when he or she believes his or her family is also being cared for, and when each member is able to contribute to the patient's wellbeing. In so doing, she goes way above and beyond the call of duty, but her approach has shown proven results. If only there were a million nurses like her! However, I believe she is one in a million.

3. Give an example of how your nominee has shown leadership through mentoring, or served as a role model for others.
I have seen Deb's interaction with other nurses, home health aides, physical therapists and doctors. She elevates their professionalism and level of engagement through the power of example, and through patient, skilled and good- humored coaching. I saw her teach others how to use feeding tubes, Bipaps, oxygen and many other things. She displays an energy that is hard to match, and an unbeatable enthusiasm about her job, including the most drudgerous aspects of it. She sets the bar high. Because she doesn't ever give up on her patients, she makes it impossible for others to give up on them either either.
4. Was there a specific event that prompted you to nominate this nurse? If so, please tell your story.

I met Deb in a hospital emergency room. My husband was suffering from ALS, and had taken a fall while my sons were home with him and I was at work. They got him there in an ambulance. She was called in to see if the family needed social services. She saw my boys covered in their father's blood and decided she needed to step in and get us help. She arranged for home health aides and other services. She began visiting us at home several times a week. ALS, as you know, is a devastating illness for which there is no cure or treatment. It not only robs a patient of muscle strength, but robs the whole family of hope. Deb made it her personal mission to get us through it somehow. Any time Rob was uncomfortable or needed something, she was there, adjusting medications, or making physical adjustments to our home, finding ways to keep his and all of our spirits up, helping persuade him to use a feeding tube when he could no longer eat or a walker or wheelchair when his legs were faltering, and trying different nutritional supplements and breathing devices when he struggled for air. Some nights when he couldn't get comfortable and we were anxious, she even stayed over with us. It was she who ultimately persuaded us it was time for a hospice. She took on our insurance company when it wouldn't pay. When depression set in on all of us, she helped with that, too. I honestly don't have enough words for the kindness, compassion and generosity of this nurse. Even when she was away on vacation, I was able to call her during a crisis and she took control of his care, proving to be sounder in her judgment than the doctor, who didn't see that a few more weeks of life made a huge difference to us when Rob got an infection and needed hospitalization. She connected with Rob's infirm mother in New York and helped care for her, too. I know it was because of Deb that Rob lived as long as he did. He put his complete trust in her and always felt happier and more secure when she was around. And she never let us down. It was the toughest period in my life, and I owe it to Deb that I got through it. She is truly an exceptional nurse and amply deserves this honor.


Deborah Cosgrove
Health care setting: Home Health Care / Visiting Nurse -

Nominee’s role: Director of Nursing -

Nominator’s relationship to nominee: Patient
1. Describe how your nominee has shown concern for humanity.
She is one of the most compassionate people I have ever met. Deb goes out of her way to go that extra mile for her patients.
2. What do you consider your nominee’s most significant contribution to the nursing profession?
Deb is kind, considerate and deliberate. She is an absolute joy to interface with.
3. Give an example of how your nominee has shown leadership through mentoring, or served as a role model for others.
Deb is genuine....timely...goes above and beyond the call of duty.
4. Was there a specific event that prompted you to nominate this nurse? If so, please tell your story.
I have been associated with Deb for several years. She is always there for me.

Deborah Cosgrove
Health care setting: Home Health Care / Visiting Nurse -

Nominee’s role: Director of Nursing -

Nominator’s relationship to nominee:
1. Describe how your nominee has shown concern for humanity.
Deb is a very talented nurse & care giver. She goes the extra mile for a patient or anyone she meets. If someone has a need deb will do everything in her power to help reconcile it.
2. What do you consider your nominee’s most significant contribution to the nursing profession?

Deb loves being a nurse. She has great compassion for people. She shows wonderful expertise caring for the ill & monitors their needs to make sure nothing has been missed or gone by the wayside. She wants her patients to be as comfortable & at ease as they can be.

3. Give an example of how your nominee has shown leadership through mentoring, or served as a role model for others.
Deb exhibits leadership that encourages the others performance. She expects greatness from herself & others. She carefully monitors the nurses & aides to assure the patient is comfortable & taken care of. She always shows understanding & care for her people. She wants them to be happy in their work so they will be able to make the patient happy too. Deb's friendly face & happy smile are a plus also.
4. Was there a specific event that prompted you to nominate this nurse? If so, please tell your story.

I have seen deb in action many times, she is very impressive. Not until there was illness in my own family did i realize all she did. I was attending my ill husband that had recently been discharged from the hospital. I was very uneasy & knew something was not right. She questioned me over the phone & the next thing i knew she was at my house, about 35 miles away. She took care of everything, including me. We are family but believe me when i say she does this type of thing for any of her patients or people in need. She is the best nurse in the world & she very much deserves this award.




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