Nurse Clinician Sandi Summach received the Muriel Jarvis Award at the Career Milestones Banquet at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon on June 12.

Summach embodies all of the qualities celebrated by the Muriel Jarvis Award. She makes a positive difference in the lives of those around her on a daily basis. She is a strong clinical leader within her own nursing profession and she raises the standard of cardiovascular patient care delivery for Saskatoon Health Region through her personal pursuit of excellence, compassion for others and gracious resiliency when faced with adversity.

2014 Muriel Jarvis Award recipient Sandi Summach

2014 Muriel Jarvis Award recipient Sandi Summach

Summach became a registered nurse in 1975 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1998. She also completed post-graduate courses in intensive care and neurology and neurosurgery in 1981 and maintains her CCN(C) certification. She was a staff nurse from 1975 to1986 in Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. From 1986-1994 – Clinical Development Nurse in ICU RUH; from 1994 to 2000, Sandi was a Nurse Educator in the Coronary Care Unit at Royal University Hospital. From 2000 to the present, Sandi has been a nurse clinician in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Royal University Hospital. All of this while carrying on numerous professional activities, including BLS, ILS, ACLS Instructor (Heart & Stroke) for 25 years, four years as a Research Nurse and 12 years teaching Continuing Nursing Education/Continuing Education Development for Nurses – ECG Rhythm Interpretation and 12 Lead ECG Course (teaching throughout Saskatchewan).

Sandi consistently strives to provide patients with the best care they can receive in her area of clinical practice and, as such, models and encourages others to do the same. Her employment record stands in testimony of her personal commitment to provide her colleagues, staff and team members with a reliable, trusted and experienced nurse clinician and educator to support daily management of patients hospitalized for cardiovascular disease. Not only has Sandi excelled in her career as a cardiovascular nurse but she has done so by giving generously of herself in the process. She has maintained a commitment to enrich her community through her long-standing contributions and involvement in charitable activities at the local and international levels, including such benefactors as the Saskatoon Food Bank, the Friendship Inn, the Cystic Fibrosis Society and World Vision. She is also a proud and involved member of her church.

These career and personal activities have all been performed unselfishly while supporting her two beautiful and wonderful daughters as a single mother.

Without question, Sandi Summach personifies the merits modeled by Muriel Jarvis, is an inspiration to all those around her, and is thoroughly deserving of the honour of receiving the 2014 Muriel Jarvis Award.