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New England nurses celebrate career milestones, awards

Monday January 13, 2014
Sylvia Weber, RN
Sylvia Weber, RN
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The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses has awarded four recipients with the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award for the first quarter of 2013, including Jeanette Zocco, RNC-OB, MSN, C-EFM, the clinical nurse leader of labor and delivery at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn.

Zocco has been teaching the intermediate course for the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program since 2010 and recently became a designated instructor. She earned her MSN degree from the University of Hartford and has been an inpatient obstetric nurse for 13 years.

Each year, the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program educates approximately 13,000 perinatal clinicians worldwide. The goal is to strengthen the ability of nurses and physicians to accurately interpret fetal heart rate and uterine activity monitoring data, which will help mothers provide their newborns with the healthiest possible start to life. The award recipients teach a substantial number of courses. In many instances, they bring the courses into rural and community hospitals.


Marc Kalapos, RN
“AWHONN’s Fetal Heart Monitoring Program is nationally recognized for providing superior education on providing the best care to women and newborns,” AWHONN CEO Karen Peddicord, RN, PhD, said in a news release. “We’re honored to recognize these outstanding instructors for their dedication to newborn health and commitment to perinatal education.”

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: The AACN presented the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career to Sally Millar, RN, MBA at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in May in Boston. Millar, a cardiac surgery ICU staff nurse for 43 years at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, was honored for her contributions to AACN’s mission and vision.

Millar is Massachusetts General’s director of patient care services informatics, overseeing nursing information systems, the patient and family learning center and the office of patient advocacy. She was a pioneer in health informatics, according to a news release, developing systems to quantify patients’ needs for nursing care and using data to establish appropriate levels of care. She also advocates for integrating respect for patient privacy into health information systems and patient safety initiatives.

She was editor of “Methods in Critical Care - The AACN Manual” and continued as senior editor for the book’s second edition, retitled “AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care.” In its sixth edition, it has been adopted by nearly every critical care unit in the U.S. and many units in other countries.

Lifespan Health System: Lifespan nurses Sylvia Weber, RN, MS, CNS, and Nancy Robin, RN, MEd, of The Miriam Hospital, Providence, R.I., and Marc Kalapos, RN, BSN, MS, of Newport (R.I.) Hospital were honored for their contributions to nursing and dedication to patient care at the Rhode Island State Nurses Association’s annual Nightingale Gala in April.


Nancy Robin, RN
Weber, a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric and geriatric nursing, was inducted into the Rhode Island Nursing Hall of Fame. She helped pioneer the introduction and integration of holistic health and complementary healing modalities in the Rhode Island region, according to a news release.

The government relations consultant to RISNA, Weber is active in a number of community and professional organizations and has received numerous nursing and civic awards, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Advanced Practice Nurse Award in 2000.

The RISNA Nurse Leader of the Year Award was presented to Kalapos, director of med/surg nursing at Newport Hospital. He was named director of surgical nursing in 2009 and director of med/surg nursing later that year, taking on responsibility for nursing on the hospital’s three inpatient medical and surgical units.

In 2012, Kalapos was named to Providence Business News’ “Forty under 40” list.
Robin, an ED nurse educator at The Miriam Hospital, received RISNA’s Clinical Nurse Educator of the Year Award. A member of the Emergency Nurses Association, she served as Rhode Island’s delegate to the association from 2007-2009. Robin began her nursing career at The Miriam Hospital in 1977, has published numerous nursing articles and is a frequent presenter at ENA conferences.

All Nightingale Award nominations were reviewed and evaluated by an independent expert panel of nurse leaders from outside Rhode Island.


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