Three registered nurses at Women’s & Children’s Hospital are among the 25 area nurses to be honored at the 17th annual Acadiana Celebrates Nursing banquet, set for Saturday, May 7 at the Petroleum Club. 

A special ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the hospital to honor the three – Valerie Louviere, kids E.R. charge nurse; Sharonetta Brooks, kids E.R. nurse; and Tina Boyer, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse.

“Sharonetta, Valerie, and Tina are among the elite nurses I am honored to work with each day,” said John Marker, chief nursing officer for Women’s & Children’s Hospital. “Their passion, skill, compassion, courage, and selflessness are among the amazing attributes that have earned them this wonderful honor. Patients ask for them by name. There is no greater honor than that.”

Patrica La Brosse, president for the Louisiana State Nurses Association District IV, which encompasses Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion parishes, said the annual Acadiana Celebrates Nursing banquet is a celebration of area registered nurses – the courage, stamina, and compassion each exhibit that impact the lives of the patients they serve.

Sharonetta Brooks

Valerie Louviere

Tina Boyer

There are more than 10,000 registered nurses in District IV, La Brosse explained. Nominations, submitted by colleagues, physicians, and patients, are reviewed by association members who do not participate in the nomination phase of the process.

“The banquet is held during National Nurses’ Week each year to honor those who come in, do their job, and never expect a thing in return other than the honor of doing that job,” she said. “Each year we get to shine a light on 25 of these amazing individuals and promote nursing excellence, which each honoree certainly represents at its highest level.”