The theme of the recent National Nursing Week was “Think you know nursing; take a closer look”. During that week, nurses in Labrador were encouraged to nominate a nursing colleague for honorable mention. Doreen Hawco-Mahoney was one nurse who received numerous such nominations from her nursing peers at the Labrador Health Centre. Doreen graduated from the General Hospital School of Nursing in 1991. She holds certificates in Diabetes Management and Nursing Leadership, has completed the health assessment course, and maintains certifications in CPR, BTLS, NRP, TNCC and ACLS. From 1999 to 2003, she served as the President of Branch 14 of the NLNU, and from 2003 to present; she sits on the NLNU Board of Directors as a regional representative. More recently, she has accepted the role of Chairperson on the QPPE Committee at the Labrador Health Centre, not to mention her current enrollment in the BN post RN program. People from all disciplines seek her advice on the optimal treatment for their patients. You could never ask for a more knowledgeable and dependable colleague to back you up as that next emergency is coming through the door. Doreen is truly passionate about where the nursing profession is going and acknowledges how far it has come. She represents nurses and their issues well, and is constantly thinking of ways to improve the workplace for nurses and patients. Doreen is a patient advocate, as she now finds herself caring for the people of the community she grew up in. Finally, and perhaps most admirably, Doreen has amazingly maintained the balance between academic, work and family life.