Patricia Boston of Biddeford, shown here with American Nurses Association of Maine President Juliana L’Heureux, was named the recipient of the Sister Consuela White Award for clinical and professional excellence at a recent ANA-Maine meeting. Courtesy Photo

BATH — Patricia Boston was named winner of the Sister Consuela White Award for clinical and professional excellence by the American Nurses Association of Maine at the annual meeting in Bath in mid-October.

The annual awards presentation recognized Boston, of Biddeford, for the compassionate leadership she has demonstrated throughout her nursing career. A recipient for the award is recommended after a review of the applicants is conducted by an independent panel of nurses that are selected from outside of ANA-Maine, said the organization’s president, Juliana L’Heureux.

As a compassionate nursing leader, our colleagues frequently hear Boston express her pride in being a nurse, said L’Heureux in a news release. Her career includes a spectrum of practice areas as a clinical nurse and a community leader. While she was the president of ANA-Maine, she demonstrated the spirit of nursing consistent with the vision exemplified by Sister Consuela White, who was the founding force behind supporting high academic educational standards for all nurses.

Most recently, Boston led a group of nurses to support the Maine Emergency Management vaccine clinics conducted throughout the COVID pandemic in York County.

Boston is a former Biddeford city councilor and currently serves on the McArthur Public Library’s board, in Biddeford.

As a mentor, L’Heureux said Boston accompanied a group of ANA-Maine nurses who contributed to bringing lunch during a morale-building visit to the organization’s esteemed leadership colleague, the late Dr. Muriel Poulin, while she was experiencing declining health and critically ill at her home in Springvale.

“Patricia is a friend and mentor to all of us who know her, and she is an exceptional role model for nurses because of her professional demeanor,” said L’Heureux. “Her intuitive vision is inspirational to those of us who are providing compassionate, and quality nursing care, and ethical leadership to our patients and to each other.”

The award is named for Sister Consuela White, whose leadership advocated for nurses to achieve academic education. L’Heureux said White is remembered as a gentle, unassuming presence as well as a “giant of a woman” in Maine health care. She died at the age of 91, at the Frances Wade Convent in Portland.