ACE Unit Service Leader Becky Jizba Honored for Supporting Deployed Nurse
Becky Jizba, MSN, MBA, RN, service leader for the Methodist Hospital Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, was honored with the Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) group on Friday, May 24.
Jizba was nominated by 1st Lt. Sarah Holst, BSN, RN, a nurse in the U.S. Army Reserve who is currently deployed.
In her nomination, Holst wrote: “My supervisor has always made being in the Army Reserve easy for me in regard to my civilian employment. Not once have I had to worry about getting time off, even last minute. … She always said, ‘Don’t worry. We’ll get it taken care of.’ … Becky has always been very supportive of everything I do with the Army. I can’t begin to say how much I appreciate her and how much stress she takes off me because she makes it easy for me to make it to my Army commitments.”
Jizba herself has a military background: She served in the Navy Reserve as a lieutenant, and her grandfather and brother served in the Navy.
“She can honestly say she gets it. She has been in my shoes,” Holst said this week. “She truly understands the balancing act of having both a civilian and military career.”
Jizba said the honor is humbling.
“Serving our country at the same time as having a civilian job, I want to make sure our people feel supported,” she said. “I believe in protecting our nation, and also being able to give health care to our sailors and soldiers.”
More than a dozen colleagues looked on as Jizba was presented the award by ESGR volunteers Lou Wagner, James L. Murphy and Ron Strawn.
“You are a rare gift for a supervisor,” Wagner told Jizba. “Rare supervisors come from rare companies, so I applaud Methodist as well for the spirit you’re allowed to manage in.”
According to the ESGR, the Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Chelsea Craig, BSN, RN, service leader for the Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital Emergency Departments, was previously honored with the award.