2014 Nurses of the Year


Elizabeth Hurter, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP from the University of Chicago Medical Center and Courtney Schwartz, MS, RN, APHON from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago have been selected as the 2014 Nurses of the Year by the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF).

Beth Hurter, a resident of Chicago has been a nursing professional for 19 of the 27 years she’s been in the medical profession. She’s an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the Inpatient Adult Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Unit at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Hurter was nominated by three of her colleagues.

Former LRF Nurse of the Year Carol White wrote:

“What sets Beth apart is her sense of compassion and humor and profound dedication to work for the good of her patients.”

Another colleague submitted:

“. . . One often sees her sitting down with patients and their families, holding their hands, offering comfort, as well as discharge instructions and education. She has a special ability to connect with patients and their home situations and to transition care seamlessly.”

,Former LRF Nurse of the Year Ima Garcia said:

“. . . She never waivers in her commitment to her patients and their families and always provides exceptional care. . . . Several of her students have been so inspired by her practice that they have entered the oncology nursing field.”

Ms. Hurter is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and its Chicago Chapter and volunteers for the Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society.


Courtney Schwartz, a resident of Chicago, has been a nursing professional for 16 years. She is an Inpatient Staff Nurse in the Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant Unit at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago., She was nominated by a patient, the mother of a patient and a colleague.

The mother of a patient wrote in Schwartz’s nomination:

“Courtney has a very calming and positive attitude. . . . She has a talent with the way she explains everything and why it needs to be done and the importance, in a manner you can understand and absorb.”

A patient mentioned in the nomination:

“She makes you feel like you’re her only patient who would sit with you all day if needed.”

One of Schwartz’s colleagues included in her nomination:

“There have been many times I have heard from patients and families that Courtney helps them feel comfortable with whatever they are facing. She goes above and beyond, is honest and compassionate, and helps to provide a glimmer of hope in the most challenging of times.”

Ms. Schwartz is a member of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) both nationally and the Chicago Chapter. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.