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New England Notable Nurses

Monday July 11, 2011
2011 Nurse of Distinction, Mary Capstick, RN, CCRN, with Mary Richardson, Steward community liaison.
2011 Nurse of Distinction, Mary Capstick, RN, CCRN, with Mary Richardson, Steward community liaison.
(Photo courtesy of Norwood Hospital)
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Mary Capstick, RN, CCRN, received the Norwood (Mass.) Hospital Nurse of Distinction award. A clinical leader in the ICU, Capstick has worked at the hospital for 22 years. In nominating her for the award, colleague Mary Beth Nellis, RN, said, "Her caring and support for her co-workers and her organization and sharing of educational resources make Norwood Hospital an easier and pleasant place to practice nursing." The award capped a week of festivities honoring Norwood Hospital's 360 nurses for Nurses Week.

Suzanne H. Campbell, RN, PhD, WHNP-BC, associate dean for Academic Programs at Fairfield (Conn.) University's School of Nursing, was inducted into the Nursing Academy of the National Academies of Practice. Founded in 1981, NAP is comprised of distinguished practitioners and scholars from all of the primary health professions, including medicine, psychology, social work and nursing. It gives expert advice to public policy makers on healthcare issues, using its unique perspective of expert practitioners and scholars joined in interdisciplinary dialogue. Campbell has research interests in women's health, lactation and simulation pedagogy. Campbell also was named as interim dean of the school. A Fairfield faculty member for the past 11 years, Campbell will hold the post for the 2011-12 academic year, while Fairfield conducts a national search for a full-time dean.


Standing foreground from left, Jancee Pust-Marcone, RN, and Julie Brown, RN. Background from left, Chairman of Surgery Nabil Atweh, MD, Medical Staff President Robert Folman, MD; Chairman of Pediatrics Harris Jacobs, MD; and hospital President/CEO Bill Jennings.
(Photo courtesy of Bridgeport Hospital)
The Rhode Island State Nurses Association recognized two Rhode Island Hospital nurses with the association's annual Nightingale Awards. Julie Jefferson, RN, MPH, was named Nurse of the Year in a Non-Traditional Setting, and Francine Pingitore, RN, MSN, was named Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year. Jefferson has been an RN for 38 years, serving the last seven years as director of Rhode Island Hospital's department of epidemiology and infection control. She is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. Pingitore has been an RN for 24 years, serving at Hasbro Children's Hospital since 1998. She is pursuing a post-master's certification program in psychiatric-mental health nursing at the University of Rhode Island, where she also earned her doctorate in nursing.


Marie Eich, RN, received the award from CEO and President Timothy J. Babineau, MD, and CNO and Senior VP Barbara Riley, RN.
(Photos courtesy of Rhode Island Hospital)
Julie Brown, RN, and Jancee Pust-Marcone, RN, have been recognized as co-nurse managers of the year by the Bridgeport (Conn.) Hospital Medical Staff. They were presented with their awards during a May 9 ceremony at the hospital. Brown is nurse manager of the newborn ICU, and Pust-Marcone is nurse manager of the surgical ICU. Both have been with the hospital since 1987 in various roles. The award ceremony is part of the hospital's observance of Nurses Week, along with other recognition events and activities for the entire nursing staff.

Nearly 1,100 employees were recognized during the annual Employee Service Awards Dinner at (Providence) Rhode Island Hospital. The following nurses were recognized for their service and commitment: Marie Eich, RN, Children's Neurodevelopment Center, Nurse of the Year; Betty Taylor, RN, clinical manager, Manager of the Year; and Kerri Kern, RN, clinical manager, Manager of the Year.

Sister M. Rosalie Klein, RN, MSN, OSF, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquette University's College of Nursing and the Marquette University Alumni Association. Klein earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Marquette University in Milwaukee. She returned in 1970 as dean of the College of Nursing, where she remained until stepping down in 1988. She continues to work as a volunteer advocate for patients and staff at Elm Brook Memorial Hospital and serves on the advisory board for the Clinical Pastoral Care Program at St. Camillus in Milwaukee.


CNO and Senior VP Barbara Riley, RN, presents the Manager of the Year award to clinical managers Betty Taylor, RN, and Kerri Kern, RN. Also pictured is President and CEO Timothy J. Babineau, MD.
(Photos courtesy of Rhode Island Hospital)
Nearly 1,100 employees were recognized during the annual Employee Service Awards Dinner at (Providence) Rhode Island Hospital. The following nurses were recognized for their service and commitment: Marie Eich, RN, Children's Neurodevelopment Center, Nurse of the Year; Betty Taylor, RN, clinical manager, Manager of the Year; and Kerri Kern, RN, clinical manager, Manager of the Year.


Judy A. Beal, RN
Judy A. Beal, RN, DNSc, a longtime nurse educator who specializes in the changes in 21st century nursing, has been named the new dean of the Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences in Boston. Beal has been at Simmons for nearly 30 years and has served as interim dean since last year.

Linda Damon, RN, MSN, MHCA, was named nurse leader of the year by the Rhode Island State Nurses Association April 15 at its annual gala dinner. A licensed RN for 29 years, Damon is vice president of Patient Care Services at Butler Hospital in Providence. Damon has led nursing development at Butler Hospital, collaborated with nurses and nurse educators on a book about psychiatric nursing and created the hospital's first Clinical Quality Council.

The Board of Directors of the Society of Gastroenterology and Nursing Associates presented Jane D. Harker, RN, MS, CGRN, with the Gabriele Schindler Award on May 8, during the SGNA 38th annual Course in Indianapolis. Harker has been an RN for many years and has focused on gastroenterology for the past 18 years at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

To kick off National Nurses Week, UnitedHealthcare and The DAISY Foundation presented the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Children's Hospital Boston. The ceremony honored the May recipient Nancy Karthas, RN, and 12 previous DAISY Award winners.


Antoinette M. Hays, RN
Antoinette M. Hays, RN, PhD, was named the 10th president of Regis College in Weston, Mass. Hays succeeds Mary Jane England, MD, who stepped down after a decade of service. Beginning in 2007, Hays worked with England to establish an international nursing education program aimed at educating nursing faculty in Haiti.


Jean W. Lange, RN
Jean W. Lange, RN, PhD, FAAN, accepted a position to become the founding dean of a new nursing school at Quinnipiac University's North Haven, Conn. campus. She previously worked as a nursing professor at Fairfield (Conn.) University.

Kara King Barron, RN, BSN, a nurse at Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties in Rhode Island, earned wound care certification from the National Alliance of Wound Care. She has been an RN for 20 years, 16 of which have been as a home health nurse with Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties.


Nancy Powers, RN
Nancy Powers, RN, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Powers works at Winchester (Mass.) Hospital. She was nominated by a patient's husband for being a "shining example" of nursing excellence.