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South Nassau nurses celebrate Magnet achievement

Monday May 5, 2014
From left, Joanne Newcombe, RN, vice president of patient care services; Sue Penque, RN, CNO and senior vice president of patient care services; and Joe Lamantia, COO and executive vice president of administration, display the hospital’s Magnet recognition award.
From left, Joanne Newcombe, RN, vice president of patient care services; Sue Penque, RN, CNO and senior vice president of patient care services; and Joe Lamantia, COO and executive vice president of administration, display the hospital’s Magnet recognition award.
(Photo courtesy of South Nassau Communities Hospita)
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South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y., was awarded Magnet recognition for nursing excellence this year for the first time in the facility’s history.

South Nassau, which earned the honor from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is one of less than 400 healthcare organizations nationally to earn the recognition.

“At its core, reaching this level of designation proves that nursing at South Nassau Communities Hospital is about great practice and great care,” Sue Penque, RN, PhD, CNP, who serves as CNO and senior vice president of patient care services, said in a news release. “The Magnet award means that our nurses are among the best to be found anywhere. We’re proud of our nurses, and have always believed that the very best in the business are right here.”

The recognition is valid for four years, during which time the ANCC will monitor South Nassau and track its performance against benchmarks to ensure the hospital remains in compliance with Magnet standards.“This honor reaffirms the hard work and dedication of our entire staff and reinforces the core values that underlie how we do our jobs every day,” said Richard J. Murphy, president and CEO of South Nassau. “While many of us have been personally involved in the Magnet application process, all of us are invested in maintaining this credential.”

FIND A LIST of Magnet hospitals at NurseCredentialing.org/Magnet.


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