Madison Magazine received more than 150 nominations for the “Madison’s Favorite Nurses” issue and recently announced the nine winners. Now it’s up to friends, family and our community to choose a “Reader’s Choice” favorite! We are very proud to announce that two Meriter nurses, Michelle “Shelly” Bazala (NewStart Nurse Supervisor) and Mary Saur (Labor and Delivery Nurse) are among those being recognized.
Bazala has enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career in behavioral health as a nurse providing direct patient care and now as a nurse supervisor for Meriter’s alcohol and drug treatment program, NewStart. Not only is she a skilled RN, her colleagues say she brings out the best in everyone with whom she works, she’s an invaluable advocate and support system for patients and families, and most of all, “You feel better when Shelley is around.”
Bazala is equally complimentary of her co-workers. “I am blessed with a wonderful, competent staff,” she says. “We help people be accepting of where they’re at, offer them hope.”
Saur pursued nursing because she had a role model in the field: her aunt, an idol and mentor. She attended UW–Madison and earned her RN license (where, coincidentally, her aunt’s classmate became her advisor), married and moved to Milwaukee. A year and a half later she returned to Madison, went to work at UW student health services and settled in to start a family. At the time – 1974 – the natural childbirth movement was sweeping the nation. Preparing for their first child, she and her husband, Ed, decided to enroll in a Lamaze class.
“It was something for us that was truly a bonding, growth experience,” she says. The class got her thinking about a nursing career in labor and delivery. Over the next few years she had two more children and taught Lamaze classes several nights a week. In 1984, she returned to full-time nursing. When Madison General and Methodist hospitals merged in 1987 to become Meriter Hospital, she helped develop the childbirth classes and continued to teach until the late 1990s. Over the course of her twenty-five-year career, she estimates she’s taught about two thousand couples.
Please join us in celebrating the positive impact Shelly and Mary have made in our community!
Visit Madison Magazine to read more about the honorees and vote for you favorite nurse.
Voting ends November 29th and all nine nurses will be profiled in the December 2010 issue of Madison Magazine, featured on WISC-TV3 and honored at the Madison’s Favorite Nurses awards reception on Thursday, December 9, 2010.