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Rutgers Cancer Institute honors nurses with annual awards

Tuesday June 24, 2014
Rutgers nurse winners were, from left, Beth Savage, RN, and Trish Dennigan, RN.
Rutgers nurse winners were, from left, Beth Savage, RN, and Trish Dennigan, RN.
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The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey honored nurses at the Oncology Nursing Excellence Awards during National Nurses Week in May at the annual Elizabeth Gibby Osborne Lecture event.
The scholarship awards are given to recognize the nursing expertise at the Cancer Institute.
Beth Savage, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPON, was selected by fellow nurses and doctors as the award recipient in the advanced practice category. Savage was noted as an integral member of the pediatric hematology/oncology team for two decades, according to the release. Colleagues hailed her for her longtime service in administrative, patient care and research roles, as well as for her mentoring and preceptor roles for nurses studying at area universities.
Chandrika Jeyamohan, RN, MSN, APN-C, CCRC, Susan Pillet, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPON, and Donna Plaxe, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPON also were nominated.
Trish Dennigan, RN, BSN, OCN, heralded for “going the extra mile” for both patients and colleagues, was chosen for the award in the generalist nurse category. Dennigan works in the Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center at the Cancer Institute. She’s described by fellow nurses as a leader in mentoring new nurses and having broad oncology knowledge and clinical skills including patient education and symptom assessment.
Sherri Damare, RNC, MSN, OCN; Josephine Machado, RN, BSN, OCN; Marilyn Mundy, RN; and Dawn Yuhas, RN, CPHON, also were nominees in this category.
This year’s Elizabeth Gibby Osborne Lecture featured motivational humorist Yvonne Conte. In her talk “The Power of Positive Humor,” Conte provided insight on how one can handle the ‘ups and downs’ of home, the workplace and life in general.
The lectureship and Nursing Excellence Awards are underwritten in part by the Elizabeth Gibby Osborne Lecture and Scholarship Fund. Because of Osborne’s strong belief in education, her husband Bill established the fund after her death from cancer in 2004 to support peer learning opportunities for oncology nurses at the Cancer Institute.


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