Registered Nurses (RNs)
National Winner - Robert Wilkinson, RN
(Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY)

Nominated by: Audria Denker

Robert (Bob) Wilkinson, a registered nurse at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky., takes a unique approach with children who are battling cancer. From his time in the U.S. Army during Desert Storm, Bob learned the value of remaining strong in the face of adversity. He now teaches this life lesson to the children for whom he provides healthcare and hope.
"His actions are much louder than words. Everything he does is an example of how human beings should treat each other."
Bob has taken it upon himself to devise innovative ways to maintain hope and give children something to believe in. One patient, a 14-year-old boy with cancer, wanted to know what it was like to be in the Army. With no fanfare, Bob arranged for the boy to visit nearby Fort Knox to ride in a Hummer and an M-1 tank and to eat with the troops. Bob even gave the boy an old set of desert fatigues and boots. It was one of the boy’s last fulfilled wishes, as he died in 2004.
I consider a role model someone who walks the walk and talks the talk. Bob does that. His actions are much louder than words. Everything he does is an example of how human beings should treat each other.
Retired after serving 20 years in the Army and a recipient of its most prestigious peacetime medal for heroism – the Soldier’s medal – Bob believes that his patients who battle childhood cancers are the real heroes. He gave the cherished medal, which he received for risking his life to spare the lives of others, to one of his patients. Why? According to Bob, the kid deserved it a lot more than he did.
Bob’s clinical excellence, combined with the outstanding sacrifice and service he shows to his patients, make him a nurse who’s admired by colleagues.
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