The Melissa A. Fischer Nursing Award
The Melissa A. Fischer Nursing Award honors the dedicated nurses of NurseRegistry for their outstanding and continual commitment to exceptional patient care.
The award is named in honor of Melissa A. Fischer, COO of NurseRegistry, who has for over ten years devoted herself to supporting independent nurses as they grow in their careers to improve health care for patients.
We are honored to present the recipients of the Melissa A. Fischer Nursing Award.
Cindy Mercado, LVN
Cindy Mercado, LVN just started her nursing career but has already made lasting impacts on her patients. Cindy didn’t always know she wanted to be a nurse – what she did know was that she cared deeply for people and wanted to help those in need. “I feel like I have so much love to give and nursing gives me that opportunity to spread my love…”Read more.
Markela Lacey, LVN
Markela Lacey, LVN started her nursing career in April of 2021. Although she is just starting her nursing journey, she is already learning valuable lessons from the people around her. Read more.
Doris Yau, CCRN
Doris Yau, CCRN, came to the US from Hong Kong at 16 years old and always knew she wanted to be a nurse. Her constant determination and eagerness to help others has contributed to her successful 20+ years of her nurse journey. Read more.
Marcia Hopkins, RN
Marcia Hopkins, RN, BSN spent thirty years as a telecommunications engineer, then decided it was time to give back.
When her father was recovering from strokes and heart attacks, she was “the one family member that you don’t want to deal with.” Now she’s on the other side… Read more.
Elisabeth Poirier, RN
From the United States Air Force to caring for elderly patients, Elisabeth Poirier, RN has done it all. Along the way she made friends but discovered, career-wise, an intelligence position with the National Security Agency wasn’t the right fit….Read more.
Jose Rodriguez, RN
Nurse and mentor Jose Rodriguez, RN has been a nurse for twenty years. Working in a variety of settings—from clinics to large hospitals like UCSF Medical Center—he has amassed an incredible amount of experience and helped many new nurses forge their paths in the field of nursing….Read more.
Thea Smith, RN
Thea Smith, RN had always wanted to be a nurse. When the opportunity came for her to do her residency in Texas, her husband and two children relocated to be with her as she pursued her dreams….Read more.
Nancy Aziz, LVN
Nancy Aziz, LVN originally considered joining the peace corps, and until now her favorite podcast is Medicins sans Frontières. We know Aziz would have done a lot of good in the peace corps, but we and her patients are glad she chose nursing….Read more.
Joy Malaga, RN
Twenty years into her career, Joy Malaga, RN is still loving nursing–caring for her patients, watching them recover, or providing them with the tools to advocate for themselves….Read more.
See past award recipients.
Freshta Azami LVN
Allan Cronin RN
Mirasol Dang LVN
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