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Saturday July 5, 2014
Susan Peck, APN
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Susan Peck, APN, MSN, a women’s health NP at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School department of OB/GYN, has been named to the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses’ 2014 class of emerging nurse leaders.
A nurse for 17 years, Peck holds a BSN from The College of New Jersey and an MSN from Seton Hall University.
Launched in 2007, the emerging leaders program engages nurses in a formal, yearlong leadership training program. Activities include guidance from mentors, networking events, meetings with members of Congress and their staff, multiple continuing education opportunities and other experiential training to build confidence and leadership skills.
The program is made possible through a one-year educational grant from The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.
The program places special emphasis on fostering diversity — in age, race and gender — among its prospects, according to a news release.


Taking part in the Nurse of Excellence Award ceremony May 21 were (from left) Valerie Terzano, RN, a member of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council’s Nurse of Excellence sub-committee and senior vice president of nursing and CNO at Winthrop-University Hospital; Linda Condon, RN, director of nursing, Nassau University Medical Center; Varlene Sauver, RN, NUMC nominee for the council’s Nurse of Excellence Award; and Patricia Darcey RN, the CNO and vice president of patient care services at Southampton Hospital.
(Photo courtesy of Nassau University Medical Center)
Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, N.Y.: Varlene Sauveur, RN, was honored as NUMC’s nominee for this year’s Nurse of Excellence Award Ceremony on May 21, hosted by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council.
One nurse from each of the council’s member hospitals was nominated for this award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and clinical practice.
In recognition of National Nurses Week in May, NUMC nurses took part in NuHealth System’s luncheon for nurses, which was hosted by Kathy Skarka, RN, executive vice president for patient care services, and Victor F. Politi, MD, FACP, FACEP, president/CEO. Nurses from NUMC, the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility and the various health centers.

Organization of Nurse Executives, New Jersey: ONENJ was honored March 15 with the 2014 American Organization of Nurse Executives Chapter Achievement Award.
The honor was in recognition of ONENJ’s implementation of a successful statewide mentorship program for its members, according to a news release. To date, ONENJ has sponsored three annual mentorship cohorts and matched more than 75 nurses in mentor-mentee pairs, the release said.
“We are honored to receive this award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives,” ONENJ President Patricia Steingall, RN, MS, NE-BC, said in the release. “It has been a great experience for both the mentors and mentees, and we look forward to inspiring leadership through the continuation of this program.”


Nurses from Atlantic Health System who attended the NICHE conference included, from left, Rita Dyer, Carnette Smith, Susan O’Kane, Teresa Bernaz, Rachael Santos, Lourdes Pineda and Cornelia Gilpin.
(Photo courtesy of Atlantic Health System)
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan: Melissa Carabetta, RN, BSN, CPAN, and Kathleen Lombardo, RN, BSN, CAP, were presented with the 2014 Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award on April 28 for their article, “Implementing Primary Care in the Perianesthesia Setting Using a Relationship-Based Model,” which was published in the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing.
Noelle Paul, RN, OCN, CAPA, was recognized as a finalist for the 2014 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing by CURE magazine during a special award ceremony at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 39th annual Congress on May 1. Patients, survivors, caregivers and peers submitted essays about an oncology nurse who went above and beyond to help them heal. The finalist’s essays are featured on the magazine’s website.
Nancy Houlihan, MA, AOCN, was presented with the 2014 Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award during the ONS Congress in recognition of her mentorship of oncology nurses.
MSKCC received the ONS Employer Recognition Award for exemplary support of RNs working in oncology.
The Westchester Medical Center Advanced Oncology and Infusion Services team, staffed by MSKCC nurses, received the ONS Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Team Achievement Award for outstanding contributions within the workplace, in improving patient care and making a difference in the community.
Joanne Kelvin, RN, AOCN, received the ONS Clinical Lectureship Award for excellence in clinical practice.
Virginia Morales, RN, MA, received the ONS Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Frontline Care Award for demonstrating exceptional patient care through the use of evidence-based practices.
Lorraine McEvoy, RN, MSN, DNP, OCN, received the ONS Excellence in Care of the Older Adult with Cancer Award for demonstrating age- sensitive health interventions, quality care and symptom management to older adults with cancer.
Winsome Grant, RN, NP, received the ONS Excellence in Patient/Public Education Award for offering excellent creative patient education.
MSKCC Sleepy Hollow nurses Nancy Hacker, RN, BSN, OCN, and Deborah Thomas, RN, were honored May 6 by Hudson Valley magazine during the annual Excellence in Nursing Awards event. The regional publication paid tribute to 75 local nurses who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Atlantic Health System, Pompton Plains, N.J.: Seven nurses from AHS facilities attended the 2014 Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders Conference in April in San Diego.
The nurses, from Overlook, Morristown, and Chilton medical centers attended the April 5-8 event to learn about current innovations in the care of older adult patients. The nurses presented best practices related to Overlook’s delirium prevention program, pressure ulcer reduction, bedside companion volunteer and externship program and feriatric institutional assessment profile, along with Morristown’s end-of-life care and hospital elder life program.


Celebrating the DAISY Award at Saint Michael’s are, from left, Marie DeSimone, RN; Teresita Gasataya, RN; Chief Nursing Officer Johanna Magner, RN; DAISY Award recipient Cindy Tooley-Pierce, RN; Joan Florczyk, RN; Kimberly Kroener, RN; and Stephanie McKeown, RN.
(Photo courtesy of Saint Michael’s Medical Center)
William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J.: Mary Mundinger, DrPH, the former dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing, received an honorary doctor of science degree May 14 from William Paterson at the school’s 191st commencement ceremony.
The university also awarded its first degrees to the 11 inaugural graduates of its DNP program.
Mundinger, who developed the first DNP program in the country in 2004, served as Columbia’s dean from 1988 to 2010. She is dean emerita at Columbia, where she also serves as the Edward M. Kennedy Professor of Health Policy,

Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Newark, N.J.: In celebration of National Nurses Week in May, SMMC hosted the DAISY Awards, a peer-elected award program for nurses.
The 2014 winner was nursing educator Cindy Tooley-Pierce, RN, BSN, who plays a vital role in educating and training new nurses and the advancement of experienced nurses through continuing education, according to a news release.
With 33 years of nursing experience, her guidance and knowledge made Tooley-Pierce the perfect choice by her peers, according to her nominators.
“I can’t think of a better person to receive the DAISY Award,” read one nomination. “Cindy provided me with motivation, direction and inspiration that I will never forget.”
The DAISY Award ceremony was held before colleagues at SMMC.
“Cindy is always gracious and flexible with her talents and skills,” Johanna Magner, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, the CNO at SMMC, said in the release. “Her care and compassion for patients, families and her colleagues serves as a prime example of the outstanding nursing that takes place at Saint Michael’s.”


Tara A. Cortes, RN
NYU College of Nursing, Manhattan: Tara A. Cortes, RN, PhD, FAAN, executive director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and professor of geriatric nursing, has been asked to join the Medicare Rights Center’s Coalition to Protect the Rights of New York’s Dually Eligible as an adviser with the New York team.
Cortes and the team will be asked to leverage the expertise of providers from within the geriatrics and gerontology fields to help shape the implementation of the Federally Integrated Duals Advantage program in New York State.
“I am delighted to be so actively involved in such an important initiative for managing and integrating healthcare for the frailest, most vulnerable population — the dual eligible — who are mostly older adults and the disabled,” Cortes said in a news release. “This is an opportunity to shape a healthcare delivery model with the input of payers, providers and consumers to increase quality, reduce cost and improve patients’ experiences with the healthcare system.”

Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester, White Plains, N.Y.: Mary K. Spengler, RN, who serves as the company’s executive director, was honored May 15 with as one of the area’s Health Care Heroes by Westchester Magazine. Spengler, who previously served in a variety of roles for 30 years at White Plains Hospital, was one of 10 healthcare professionals to be recognized at the event, according to a news release.


Mullahy & Associates Vice President Jeanne Boling, RN, is pictured with President Catherine M. Mullahy, RN, after the pair accepted the 2014 Case In Point Platinum Award.
(Photo courtesy of Mullahy & Associates)
Mullahy & Associates, Huntington, N.Y.: The national consulting, educational and training organization has won its second Case In Point Platinum Award.
On May 5, Mullahy & Associates was honored for its Best in Class Case Management Veterans Administration Program, given under the Military Case Management Category at the 15th annual Case in Point Platinum Awards in National Harbor, Md.
Mullahy & Associates previously won a Platinum Award for its Best in Class Case Management Program.
On hand to accept this year’s award were company President Catherine M. Mullahy, RN, BS, CRRN, CCM, and Vice President Jeanne Boling, RN, MSN, CRRN, CDMS, CCM. Mullahy and Boling also earned an Honorable Mention award in the Care/Case Manager Leader category.

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, N.Y.: Numerous nurses were honored in May for their achievements.
Sharon Goodman, RN, was awarded the Zuckerberg Family Award for Nursing Excellence.
The Evelyn Schwartz Award for Nursing was presented to Karen Clemens, RN.
Patty Ziske, RN, won a DAISY Award.
Winning 2014 Clinical Mentorship awards were RNs Kristen Pullen, Carla Delaurenzo-Haynes, Patricia Pallo-Ross, Nanette Kerner, Kara Fitzpatrick, Micheline Claude, Colleen O’Hara, Renee Schillizzi, Kristen Barrabi, Kimberly Zipf, Laura Monas and Kate Burke.
Nurses who made clinical ladder achievments included Heather Ostrowski and Marie Callahan (RN 2) and Nancy Flinn and Heather DiScala (RN 1).

North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.: Nurses recently achieving certifications include Frances Clinton, RN (blood and marrow transplant certified nurse), Ketsia Desrosiers, RN (gerontological nursing certification), Thomas Saglimbeni, RN (AIDS certified RN), Nicole Robertson, RN (PCCN), Kristine Shavers RN (med/surg) and Kaitlin Gorman, RN (CCRN).


Carol Wyckoff, RN
Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip, N.Y.: The hospital’s Samaritan of the Month for March was delivery room nurse Carol Wyckoff, RN. Since joining Good Samaritan in 2005, she has cared for patients with compassion as if they were members of her family, according to a news release.
Since 1999, Good Samaritan has recognized exemplary employees that consistently go above and beyond their assigned duties and live by the hospital mission to promote excellence in care and commit to those in need. Nominations are submitted for review to a committee from coworkers, supervisors and patients. Samaritans are surprised in their department with a bouquet of flowers. A winner’s presentation also is held at the hospital with coworkers and family members.

Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center: EHMC hosted a special awards ceremony during National Nurses Week in May to recognize its nurses for their commitment to patients and service excellence in a variety of areas.
“Our nursing vision is to provide family-centered care in an innovative, therapeutic and safe environment, where our actions are directed to the ultimate good of the patient,” Maddy Pearson, RN, MA, CNE-A, senior vice president of patient care services and CNO, said in a news release. “Our nurses continue to build on EHMC’s legacy as a regional leader in high-quality, compassionate care. They thrive in this environment, going above and beyond to ensure every single patient’s experience exceeds the high standards set by our healthcare team.”
EHMC is among the 6% of hospitals nationwide to receive Magnet recognition, the highest honor given for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. EHMC has achieved the recognition three consecutive times.


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