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Charleroi native receives nursing award

| Monday, Nov. 11, 2002

Michele Buraczewski, 36, has been giving most of her life, but on Oct. 5, she received.

The University of Pittsburgh honored the Charleroi native that day with the Cameos of Caring award.

The nurse educator, now living in Green Tree, said she realized early in life that care giving was her calling, but she was not satisfied with only being a nurse.

The 1984 Charleroi Area High School graduate received a bachelor of nursing degree from Duquesne University in 1990.

As Buraczewski worked at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, she obtained a master's degree in nursing in 1997.

She pursued a career as a nursing instructor because she wanted to teach.

Buraczewski, daughter of Michael and Joann (Galaski) Buraczewski, has been a registered nurse for 16 years.

As a nurse educator, she helped Mercy Hospital nurses to stay abreast with with state regulations, operation of new machinery and hospital procedures.

"I'm responsible for all the trauma education," she said.

Buraczewski conducts demonstrations on care-giving, instructs employees during the work day and spends extra time in the hospital emergency room.

When needed, Buraczewski helps at the Mercy Hospital Burn Center and Mercy's trauma intensive care unit.

Buraczewski established a chapter of the Emergency Nurses Cancel Alcohol Related Emergencies program, which inform teen-agers about the dangers of drinking and driving.

She volunteers at the Celian Heights School for Exceptional Children.

Buraczewski received the award for her involvement at the trauma center and in the community.

The university has for four years, honored one nurse from each of the 33 Pittsburgh area hospitals with the awards.

Buraczewski said she was surprised to win.

"I was just doing my job," she said.

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