Congratulations to Tracey Yahner, BSN ’07, who recently received the SON Alumni Association’s 2017 Carrington Award for Community Service. The award recognizes individuals who have given remarkable service to the community, state or other beneficiary organization, and who have reflected favorably on the School of Nursing as a result of their remarkable service. Tracey perfectly embodies the spirit of the Carrington Award.
While at UNC and after, Tracey participated in UNC mission teams that did on-site relief work in Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. At school, she also served as nursing co-coordinator of the Student Health Action Coalition.
After moving to Baltimore to begin work as an advanced procedure endoscopy nurse at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Tracey got involved with a local refugee organization educating young women about basic hygiene and gynecological/pre-natal care. She later got involved withe a faith-based organization that is serving people that suffered various types of abuse, assisting them in recovery and restoration of their lives. She has also worked with a faith-based organization that supports health and education of children worldwide, both sponsoring children and serving in events to help raise funds and sponsorships.
Regarding international work, Tracey worked with a nursing organization that serves the people of Guatemala, both building clinics in local villages and staffing clinics providing primary care services. During her second trip to Guatemala, she served as co-coordinator, assuring the assembly of a Hopkins nursing team that year.
She is grateful for all that nursing has allowed her to do, and for the examples of great nursing leaders she had in her time at the SON. Specifically, she would like to thank Beth Lamana for her example and contagious passion to serve those in greatest need.