Celebrating our Fabulous 50 Nurses

TMC proudly recognizes five of its own among Tucson’s Fab 50 nurses – and the Most Inspirational Mentor of the Year, all designated by the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation.

The week of May 1 – 5, in honor of Nurses Week, we will be featuring one of our five Fabulous 50 Nurses each day.

The Tucson Nurses Week Foundation celebrates each year with city-wide activities honoring the community’s dedicated nursing professionals. The event kicks off with the annual Showcase of Tucson Nurses education conference and Healthy Fair on Friday, May 5. Then on Saturday evening, May 6, the community gathers for the Fab 50 Nurses Gala. All events will be held this year at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Dr.

A dream realized

For Louisa Liguori, nursing is a privilege.

Yes, it is hard work for someone who holds herself to a high standard of being the best she can for every patient and every shift. “You have to give a lot of yourself, mentally and physically, to do that,” said Liguori, who was a progressive critical care nurse prior to serving as transitional care manager for Tucson Medical Center.

“But I do it because of the things I’ve been privileged to be part of – helping people get better, or helping them and their families realize this is all we can do for them as they near the end of their lives. To be in this intensely intimate setting with patients at these very vulnerable times of their lives, that is a real privilege and an honor for me.”

Becoming a nurse was also a dream long realized. Drawn to the sciences, Liguori always thought nursing was a great fit, but her college scholarship in swimming put too many demands on her time. Later, as an exercise physiologist, Liguori worked with patients who had cardiac conditions. “The hardest and most rewarding project I had was engaging patients in understanding what causes heart problems and how they could make changes to their lives.” Again, she thought of going into nursing. Later, she got an MBA and served as a biology specialist at a community college, mentoring students who were themselves on a nursing or pharmacy track.

Finally, with aging family members, she just felt a pull she could not ignore and went back to school for her RN, BSN. “I just never felt I fit in anywhere unless there was a healthcare connection,” said Liguori, who has a special knack with being able to build connections with patients quickly to put them at ease. “I just think there’s an intrinsic reward in being part of people’s lives and helping them – whether a little or a lot – and a piece of me would feel like it was missing if I wasn’t a part of that.”

 

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