Shoemaker Receives 2017 March of Dimes Honor

Shoemaker Receives 2017 March of Dimes Honor: Behavioral Health Nurse of the Year

March of Dimes has named Mental Health Cooperative’s Alexandria (Alex) Shoemaker 2017 recipient of their Behavioral Health Nurse of the Year award. The award recognizes Middle Tennessee nurses who demonstrate excellence in various aspects of the nursing profession.

Alex Shoemaker, March of Dimes, Nurse of the Year, Behavioral Health Nurse of the Year, Tennessee Nurse of the Year“Alex has a clear passion for helping those in need and prides herself in providing outstanding care to all patients she encounters. We are lucky to have such a caring, competent and enthusiastic nurse,” says Jennifer Raleigh, Program Manager of Nursing Services.

March of Dimes received over 100 submissions for state honors and chose only 77 to be in the running for the annual Gala awards. 16 nursing specialties were represented in the awards handed out; behavioral health being one of them.

Shoemaker graduated from Austin Peay’s School of Nursing in Clarksville, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As a registered nurse, Shoemaker began working for Mental Health Cooperative (MHC) in 2015. She also serves in MHC’s Crisis Stabilization Unit when needed on the weekends.

As a teenager, Shoemaker volunteered with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. “I didn’t always know I wanted to be a nurse. I actually applied to nursing school as a back-up plan to my biochemistry major. I feel very passionate about nursing, specifically I’ve been drawn to the behavioral health side of it. Outpatient behavioral health is so rewarding. I absolutely love watching the progression of someone with mental illness as they begin to think past the basic necessities of life and thrive into leadership of their own lives. Giving someone their hope back is very rewarding as a nurse,” says Shoemaker.

Alex Shoemaker is one of three MHC nurses nominated for this year’s March of Dimes nursing awards.

About March of Dimes

The March of Dimes works to end premature birth and other problems that threaten babies. The nonprofit also recognizes extraordinary nursing professionals who make a difference throughout the community each year. Nurses are nominated by colleagues, supervisors or the families they have served. At a culminating awards event, the March of Dimes then celebrates the profession and recognizes the most outstanding nurses in several diverse categories.

About MHC

Founded in 1993, Mental Health Cooperative is a nationally recognized, behavioral health non-profit agency that incorporates intensive community-based care management, psychiatric clinic, psychotherapy, and 24-hour emergency services into an integrated system of care. Based in Nashville, the agency serves 45 Middle and East Tennessee counties and serves 20,000 children, adults and families each year. For more information, visit