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Maimonides Celebrates Nurses Week With Recognition, Pampering

Monday July 12, 2010
Maimonides staff nurses enjoy the “Spa Day” experience.
Maimonides staff nurses enjoy the “Spa Day” experience.
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During National Nurses Week 2010, Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., celebrated with events highlighting the professionalism and scholarship of its nursing staff. Throughout the week, Chief Nursing Officer Tomas Smith, RN, CNO, senior leadership and members of the Nursing Retention & Recruitment Committee made rounds on the day and night shifts, bringing cookies, fruit and a heartfelt “thank you” to the dedicated staff.

The week’s activities commenced with a Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony. More than 125 nurses were nominated in the categories of leadership, clinical practice and mentoring. This year launched the first Sondra J. Olendorf Leadership Award, given to Nancy R. Daurio, RN, MSN. Nurses Marisa Manguerra, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Arlita Chua, RN, BSN, received Excellence Awards for Clinical Practice, and Cheryln Hutchinson, RNC, and Lorna Stewart, RN, MSN, received Excellence Awards for Mentoring.

For Spa Day, Maimonides Hall was transformed into a spring garden to give staff an opportunity for renewal and relaxation. Therapists were on-hand to provide Reiki, reflexology, Shiatsu, Tai Chi and other healing modalities.


First row from left, Roslyn Haynes, RN; Diane Comer Skeet, OR technician; and June Lowe, RN. Second row from left, Councilman Mathieu Eugene; Thomas Smith, RN, CNO; Cathy Ann Sylvan, RN; and Nyar Simon, RN.
(Photos courtesy of Maimonides Medical Center)
Two nursing grand rounds were offered, and staff presented research. The Aron 5 staff presented “The Interdisciplinary Challenges of Managing Patients With Wernicke’s Encephalopathy in a Med/Surg Environment.” The Gellman 2 staff presented “Takotsubo Syndrome.”

Nurses Week activities ended with two powerful presentations depicting nurses at the front line of disaster care in Haiti. Staff members shared photos and experiences from their mission trips, and special recognition was given to each nurse by New York City Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D-40), who is from Haiti.


Mary Ann Radioli, RN, BSN, MA, is director of nursing recruitment and retention at Maimonides Medical Center and a member of Nursing Spectrum’s regional advisory board. Send letters to editorNY@nursingspectrum.com or comment below.