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Nurses Honored at BRG’s Annual Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Nurses, clinicians and professionals were honored for excellence in nursing at Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) 2019 Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony and Banquet May 2 at L’Auberge Casino Resort. The annual event recognizes nurses and individuals whose contributions and leadership advance the practice of nursing, and support the health and wellness of our communities.

The ceremony opened with a welcome by Edgardo Tenreiro, President and CEO of BRG, and Chief Nursing Officer Monica Nijoka, RN, MSN, served as master of ceremony. Phyllis McLaurin, chairman of BRG’s Board of Trustees, and Louis Minsky, MD, Chief of Staff, also provided remarks.

“Baton Rouge General has a reputation for superior nursing care in our community, and each of this year’s nominees contribute to the profession, which for them is truly a calling,” Nijoka said. “Nursing is gift, and nursing excellence is when we pass that gift on to our patients.”

The 2019 BRG Nurse Excellence Award winners are:

Nurse of the Year (Traditional)
Rosiefer Tulagan, RN, Cardio-Telemetry

Nurse of the Year (Non-Traditional)
Laura Gomez, RN, Education

Edith LoBue Nursing Leadership Award
Jennifer Manale, RN, Director of Perioperative Services

Nurse Rookie of the Year
Colleen Prejean, RN, ICU

LPN of the Year
Lakesha Wilson, LPN, Employee Health

PCA of the Year
Itearia Breaux, Oncology and Beth Mayo, Oncology

In addition to the awards, scholarships were presented at the ceremony to Marcia Henry, RN, and Hannah Reynolds, RN, to support advancing their nursing education. These nurses were honored for their commitment to the highest nursing standards and providing exceptional patient care.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.