The 18th annual event showcased young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan younger than 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community.
An independent panel of judges selected 20 candidates for recognition from a field of 109 candidates.
Bush was nominated by Sara Bassler, physician assistant in the Emergency Department at UT Medical Center and the Orthopedic Outpatient Clinic.
Bassler noted Bush’s many roles in health care. These include forensic program coordinator at UTMC and being a nurse for the Ohio Disaster Medical Assistance Team.
In addition, Bush is a member of the UT Sexual Assault Education Prevention Program Committee and Toledo Hospital’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Team.
She also has served as an Ohio delegate for the Emergency Nurse Association at the general assembly the past two years and was chosen to go to Washington, D.C., to lobby on Capitol Hill regarding emergency nurse issues.
Bush is an active member of the Emergency Nurse Association and is president-elect for the local Seagate chapter. She also volunteers as a preceptor to guide nursing students in the Emergency Department.
“I was very excited to be chosen for such a wonderful award. I really believe in what I do and strive to make a difference for myself, my co-workers and my patients,” Bush said.
The Holland, Ohio, resident is a UT graduate with an associate degree in correctional technology in 1999, bachelor of science degree in criminal justice in 2001, master of arts degree in criminal justice in 2004 and associate degree in applied science in nursing in 2008. She is enrolled in the UT Master of Nursing Program.
Before joining UT Medical Center as a nurse in 2009, Bush was an assistant professor in the UT Department of Criminal Justice, domestic violence court advocate for the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center, and a dispatcher with the UT Police Department.
“UT has been such a huge part of my life, and the people that I have met along the way continue inspiring me to try and make a difference,” Bush said.