The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has named Marika Widmann of South Texas VA as 2022 Pathway Nurse of the Year in the category of direct care.

Every year, the ANCC selects two nurses from Pathway to Excellence designated organizations around the world as a “Pathway Nurse of the Year,” one for leadership and one for direct care. These individuals must have positively impacted the practice environment by demonstrating remarkable skills in working collaboratively with team members and integrating clinical expertise with compassionate patient/resident interactions.

“Marika epitomizes the Pathway Standards of shared decision-making, professional development, and well-being,” said supervisor nurse manager Angel Louder. “Her efforts keep staff engaged and excited to provide the highest quality of care, physically, psychologically, and socially, to each patient.”

Pathway VA award-winning nurse

Pathway Nurse of the Year Marika Widmann

“Wellness Challenges” helped de-stress her team

In an effort to enhance patient care at South Texas VA, Widmann identified knowledge deficits in herself and others concerning the LGBTQ+ Veteran community. She then promoted informational sessions to staff and encouraged an environment of care supporting well-being and inclusivity.

As chair for her unit’s Health and Wellness Committee, Widmann identified alarming levels of stress in the nursing staff caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and changing role of expectations. To combat this, she set up monthly “Wellness Challenges” to promote the idea of “self” in fellow nurses. Her efforts helped de-stress her team and made them more cognizant of their own needs, both physically and psychologically, thus promoting a healthier workforce.

Pathway Nurse of the Year chosen from thousands of candidates

Widmann is the first recipient from Texas to receive this award and beat out thousands of other highly qualified candidates.

Widmann was nominated by Louder and endorsed by Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive Valerie Rodriguez-Yu.

“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the nursing community and even better to have South Texas VA in the spotlight for continued excellence in its Pathway designation and continuous journey of distinction” Widmann said.

By Joseph Greiner

Public affairs specialist at the South Texas VA

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Published on Nov. 5, 2022

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  1. David Pearson November 11, 2022 at 5:29 am - Reply

    I congratulate this nurse and wish her continued success. I wish that I had this nurse on my team at STVAH! Perhaps my suffering would be less. I have tried seeing care for months and worse now than when first begging for help in August after losing private insurance and employment due to disease and disability but, sorrowful to no avail. I detiriorate in tremendous pain daily waiting for death to alieve my suffering and treatment of zero compassion and judgement to fit a false narrative too justify no treatment and medical gas lighting.

  2. Sean Collins November 9, 2022 at 11:45 am - Reply

    That’s awesome! Congratulations!

  3. Margaret Parker November 7, 2022 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Congratulations Marika Widmann RN. Thank you for your important work
    Growing expertise and understanding is critical in providing good and consistent care as well as maintaining self understanding. When I was a young RN more senior nurses helpedme to grow as a nurse

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