Barco’s Nightingales Foundation Award

The Barco’s NightingalesSM Foundation Award for Nursing Excellence honors nurses who not only have contributed to their profession, but who are committed to humanitarian work as volunteers donating their time and professional skills to those in need.

Elise Reay

A Peace Corp alum and Seattle Children’s Hospital nurse, Elise Reay has travelled all over the world to help people in need. Since 2005, she has traveled with ReSurge to help men, women, and children in Asia, Africa, and South America.
On her first trip with ReSurge, Elise travelled to Quang Ngai-Vietnam. When recalling her first ReSurge trip, Elise says, “I was immediately hooked…I felt at home.”Just this fall, Elise returned from Tanzania and she is tremendously grateful to, “ReSurge and Barco’s Nightingales Foundation for supporting and acknowledging nurses with a humanitarian purpose.”

Tina Cerutti
R.N., B.S.N.

Tina Cerruti’s passion for volunteerism and desire to contribute to the medical profession began in high school when she volunteered for the local community hospital as an inpatient nurse’s helper. In that role, she discovered the tremendous rewards in providing care and comfort to people dealing with hospitalization and various medical concerns. During her 30-year career as an R.N., she has worked in medical and surgical intensive care as well as cardiac care, and has been active in advancing the role of nurses through various medical networks and through her involvement with the California Nurses Association. She is committed to bringing greater public awareness to the concept of patient’s rights and to recognition of the nurse’s role as a patient advocate.

Barbara Britt
R.N., M.S.N.

In 1972 after Barbara’s first day as a Pediatrics-Hematology-Oncology Nurse, she found a passion that has remained for the length of her career. Ten years later, Dr. Stuart Siegel, co-founder of Camp Good Times, asked Barbara to be Camp’s first nurse. She immediately volunteered, believing in what camp could accomplish the minute it was conceived.

“Auntie” Fran Wiley
R.N., M.S.N.

After her first volunteer session in 1983, Fran brought more than her academic knowledge. She’s shared her love for camping and the desire to allow all campers, regardless of their situation, the possibility to heal in ways that can’t always happen in hospitals and clinics using modern medicine.

Cheryl Wraa
R.N., M.S.N.

Cheryl Wraa, an original flight nurse who flew for 14 years, served as a founder, contributing author, and instructor for the Flight Nurse Trauma Course. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSUS where she worked with the university’s Trauma and Emergency Surgery Program for most of her career, serving as manager since 2006. She served as clinical faculty for the CSUS BSN nursing program in advanced medical/surgical for and is an educator for ReSurge International and a member of the ReSurge Nursing Committee and has traveled to Vietnam, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nepal. Cheryl is senior clinical editor for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, has written chapters for textbooks, and co-authored a medical/surgical nursing textbook.

Maria Pedersen

Maria Pedersen works at Sutter Davis Hospital, Davis, California, and volunteers with ReSurge International and XP Family Support Group. She earned her AA degree in nursing from Cuesta College more than 30 years ago and has been a nurse and nurse-educator ever since. Maria volunteers with ReSurge and has completed tens of surgical medical missions over the last 13 years.

Rosemary Welde
R.D.H., R.N., M.B.A.

Rosemary Welde has been a medical volunteer with ReSurge International for 28 years, served on its board from 2001 to 2012 and has volunteered her time on 35 medical missions for the benefit of children. In addition, she has spent over 25 years as an operating room nurse at Stanford, and is also an educator, lecturer and coach in her field of health care management.

Dawn M. Yost
R.D.H., R.N., B.S.N., C.N.O.R.

A registered nurse, Dawn Yost has devoted two weeks of every year to providing operating room nursing care on surgical team trips with ReSurge to Ecuador, Peru, Africa, Honduras, Nepal, Myanmar and Vietnam. On most of the 16 trips for which she has volunteered, she has served as head nurse. She is also a member of the Nursing, Quality Assurance and Medical Services committees for ReSurge.