Published on May 18, 2021

Spring Semester Vicki M. Stogsdill Nursing Award Recipient

Yasmani Barragan-Ochoa is this year’s Spring Vicki M. Stogsdill Nursing Award recipient.

Yasmani said his interest in medicine began when he was 21 and in his third year of earning his bachelor’s degree. “My 1-year-old brother was life-flighted from Owensboro Health Regional Hospital to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville,” he said. “After seeing the care the nursing team provided to my brother and our family, I knew that my goal was to become a nurse to give back to my community.”

He graduated with his Bachelor of Biology from Brescia University in 2017 and recently graduated from the University of Louisville School of Nursing as part of the class of 2021.

“I want to work in healthcare because I have seen firsthand the quality of care and the passion that drives nurses to foster and nurture relationships while helping save lives,” he said. “After all, I owe my life to a nurse who delivered me underneath a zapote tree in Mexico.”

Yasmani has worked in the Materials Management Department at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital for three years and now enjoys having the opportunity to work closely with the other staff in the operating room. “I am excited to transition into a role that will put me on ‘the other side’ of things,” he said. “As of May 17, I will be working with my provisional license as an OR nurse.”

The nursing student was honored to win this semester’s award.

“I cannot put into words how humbled I am to receive the Vicki M. Stogsdill award,” Yasmani said. “I was shocked to hear my name announced as the recipient but will be eternally grateful for the recognition. I can only hope to be half the nurse and servant leader that Vicki M. Stogsdill was.”

To Yasmani, this award means he can pursue his dreams of becoming a part of something bigger than himself. “It means that I can help make a difference in the lives of those around me in a community that has offered me innumerable opportunities.”

The award was presented to Yasmani at a virtual Senior Celebration on May 3, 2021.

Learn more about the Vicki M. Stogsdill Nursing Award and the application process.

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