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Carlsbad nurse wins top regional award

A Carlsbad nurse was picked out of hundreds of nurses in seven western states to be the regional west Nurse of the Year for BrightStar Care, a nationwide private home health care franchise.

Tina Seever, a registered nurse for more than 30 years, was recognized for her selfless care of an 82-year-old woman suffering from a heart infection, who wished to stay at home instead of being treated in a nursing home.

Seever came to the patient’s home in Carlsbad on Christmas Eve 2020, during the pandemic and started the twice daily IV infusion treatments needed for six weeks to treat the heart infection. She did this over and above her full-time duties as nursing director for BrightStar Care of Carlsbad.

Several times during the treatment Seever was called during the night and was at the bedside within 20 minutes.

“When she left our home after our first meeting, it was as if she was a family friend who we had known for years. It was on this day we all knew that we had met the most dedicated and beyond words special woman who would put aside her own personal life over the holidays and into the New Year to care for our mother,” said the patient’s daughter Denise Trayer
in the award nomination form.

“There is just such a calm about her and the way she made mom and all of us feel cannot be described in words,” Trayer said.

It was Seever’s childhood dream to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and become a nurse. Her hospital-based work included medical-surgical, oncology, surgical and cardiac intensive care and emergency department roles. In post-acute settings, she served as director of nursing in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, hospice and care centers for folks with developmental disabilities.

“The daily ability to improve the lives of patients, and their loved ones, through our actions. To me, there is no higher calling,” said Seever, who serves as director of nursing for BrightStar Care Carlsbad.

“I have found that the smallest actions, such as training staff members in respect and kindness and of giving of themselves, can have a trickle-down effect that goes far beyond the training room and the task at hand on any given day,” Seever said in the nomination form.

It’s been over eight months since Trayer’s mom’s recovery, but Seever’s dedication has not waned. She continues to visit the family as a friend to this day.