Kudos! Public Health nurse receives Shining Star award

Christina Enriquez (left) receives the Shining Star award from KCNA Vice President Deborah Greenleaf.

Christina Enriquez (left) receives the Shining Star award from KCNA Vice President Deborah Greenleaf.

The King County Nurses Association selected Christina Enriquez (pictured left) from the Auburn Public Health Center as one of its two Shining Star Award recipients at the 2015 Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet on May 7.

The KCNA presents annual awards to nurses who demonstrate excellence in their areas of practice or contribute significantly to the nursing profession.

In recognizing Christina, the KCNA noted that “Christina Enriquez has been a nurse at Auburn Public Health for 29 years, providing maternity support services and infant case management, including services to Child Protective Services (CPS) clients and weekly clinics at Muckleshoot Indian Reservation. During the summer of 2014, Christina worked tirelessly to advocate for her clients after King County announced proposed closure of four public health clinics, including Auburn’s. She organized rallies, collected petitions, reached out to community partners, and attended city council meetings, all during her “off” hours and while helping to care for grandchildren and her elderly mother. Progress was made, and the clinic was saved. A colleague says about Christina, “She is a dedicated nurse with a big heart, an advocate with a passion for all that she does, and a friend who is genuine, caring and fun.””