Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates team member Charlotte Jaroma, RN, BSN has won the 2022 Patient Choice Award from the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, a statewide organization focused on recognizing exemplary nurses.

Jaroma, a Mobile Care Coordinator nurse for AFSCME District Council 47 Health & Welfare Fund in Philadelphia, was nominated by a former patient for the care she provided and the impact she had on him and his family. She will receive the award at the 33rd Annual Awards Gala in Harrisburg on October 28.

Two other Guardian Nurses team members — Christine McCarrick, RN and Megan Swider, RN — are among three finalists for the Nightingale Community Nursing Award, which recognizes outstanding patient care, superior clinical skills, extraordinary compassion, and exceptional communication skills that enhance the nurse’s contribution to meeting the health needs of the community and advancing the profession. All finalists will be honored and the winner will be announced at the gala.

McCarrick is a Mobile Care Coordinator nurse for Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 19. Swider is a Mobile Care Coordinator nurse for AFSCME District Council 47 Health & Welfare Fund.

Inspired by the work of Florence Nightingale, Guardian Nurses advocate for patients navigating the healthcare system with doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, nursing homes, and other medical services. The Guardian Nurses Mobile Care Coordinator Program (MCC) is a first-of-its-kind program that deploys nurses in-person to help individuals who are struggling with a healthcare issue.

The Nightingale Awards began in 1989 as a way to recognize the need to promote and support nursing in Pennsylvania. Over 32 years, more than 800 nurses have been honored at its yearly gala.