A Lexington nurse recently received the Outstanding Public Health Nurse Award given each year by the Kentucky Public Health Association. It is given annually to honor an outstanding nurse in Kentucky, and the nominations should reflect extraordinary work.
Carla Basanta, who has been with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department for 22 years, was singled out by her peers for her involvement with the public health clinic, immunizations, well child exams, family planning and direct nursing care. The nominations also highlighted her more recent work developing and maintaining a Quality Assurance program for the health department, as well as organizing annual community flu shot events at senior residential centers.
Here are some of the words about Carla, taken from the nomination from her LFCHD co-workers:
• “Carla’s strength is her ability to research and develop clear, concise protocols and policies that relate to public health practices.”
• “When I think of an outstanding Public Health Nurse, I think of someone who displays not only exceptional nursing skills, but also someone who can help to educate their non-clinical peers and co-workers on how we can impact the community’s health in a positive way. Although Carla does not fancy herself as an educator or public speaker, she has a distinct method of explaining things so that others understand the nursing perspective.”
• “She engaged other staff in collecting and submitting information to document the department’s compliance with the PHAB requirements. Her individual effort was important but her ability to engage others to understand the process, engage in the work and communicate with other staff was critical.”
• “Carla is always pleasant to work with and eager to help anyone who needs it. She believes in the mission of public health and has a passion for making the community a better place to live.”