2 UMSL alumnae win Excellence in Nursing Awards

UMSL Daily

Christi Abeln (left) and Christine Mathews won 2018 Excellence in Nursing Awards in orthopedics and intensive care, respectively, from St. Louis Magazine.(Photo collage by August Jennewein)
The University of Missouri­–St. Louis’ College of Nursing has long provided the region with well-trained, compassionate nurses, which is why it comes as no surprise that St. Louis Magazine named seven alumnae finalists for its 2018 Excellence in Nursing Awards.
Two of the seven, Christi Abeln and Christine Mathews, won in the categories of orthopedics and intensive care, respectively.
The five other UMSL alumnae finalists were:
Sarah Conway, MSN 2014, St. Anthony’s Medical CenterMary McCoy, MSN 2000, Mercy Hospital St. LouisHeather Miller, BSN 1998, Mercy Hospital St. LouisMichelle Papchrisanthou, BSN 1995 and MSN 1999, Saint Louis University School of NursingStefanie Struckhoff, BSN 2008, Mercy Hospital St. Louis
The awards committee, comprised of respected leaders from Mayo Clinic–Florida, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the University of Missouri, received more than 200 nominations, selected 57 finalists and chose winners in 19 categories.
St. Louis Magazine revealed the winners at a gala reception April 19 at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.
UMSL Daily caught up with Abeln and Mathews to discuss their nursing careers and what drives their excellence.
Christi Abeln, BSN 1992, MSN 1994Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
According to her family, Christi Abeln started talking about a career in nursing as soon as she could spell “nurse.”
“As I grew, I just knew I wanted to take care of people,” said Abeln, who has been a nurse more than 15 years now for Washington University Orthopedics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Her dedication to the nursing profession and her patients earned her an Excellence in Nursing Award in the orthopedics category.
“It’s a wonderful feeling – the cherry on top of already being recognized by your peers and co-workers who took the time to nominate you because …

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