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Baylor Scott & White honors top 25 nurses

Jan Abens, who we've come to know a lot over the last two weeks, was one the lucky four chosen to represent Hillcrest. (Source: KXXV) Jan Abens, who we've come to know a lot over the last two weeks, was one the lucky four chosen to represent Hillcrest. (Source: KXXV)
WACO, TX (KXXV) -

More than a dozen nurses were honored at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Thursday morning for their commitment to excellence on the job.

Nurses who went back to school for their bachelor's or master's degrees were praised during a graduation ceremony at the hospital.

Four other nurses were also recognized during the event for being named one of the Top 25 Nurses in the entire Central Texas Region for Baylor Scott & White.

Jan Abens, who we've come to know a lot over the last two weeks, was one the lucky four chosen to represent Hillcrest.

"This is definitely the highlight of my career. I'm walking on the clouds," Abens said. "To be chosen by my peers is the highest honor I think I can receive. They recognize the value in what I do and it's just an incredible experience."

Abens has been a nurse for nearly 40 years and has continued to dedicate her life to serving others even after losing her leg in a motorcycle accident six years ago.

She now uses her experience to connect with patients in the trauma center on a different level. She's also started a support group to better serve the amputee community in Central Texas.

The official Top 25 Nurses ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday night at Baylor Scott & White in Temple.

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