During National Nurses Week 2010, Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., celebrated with events highlighting the professionalism and scholarship of its nursing staff. Throughout the week, Chief Nursing Officer Tomas Smith, RN, CNO, senior leadership and members of the Nursing Retention & Recruitment Committee made rounds on the day and night shifts, bringing cookies, fruit and a heartfelt thank you to the dedicated staff.
The weeks activities commenced with a Nurse Excellence Awards Ceremony. More than 125 nurses were nominated in the categories of leadership, clinical practice and mentoring. This year launched the first Sondra J. Olendorf Leadership Award, given to Nancy R. Daurio, RN, MSN. Nurses Marisa Manguerra, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Arlita Chua, RN, BSN, received Excellence Awards for Clinical Practice, and Cheryln Hutchinson, RNC, and Lorna Stewart, RN, MSN, received Excellence Awards for Mentoring.
For Spa Day, Maimonides Hall was transformed into a spring garden to give staff an opportunity for renewal and relaxation. Therapists were on-hand to provide Reiki, reflexology, Shiatsu, Tai Chi and other healing modalities.
Two nursing grand rounds were offered, and staff presented research. The Aron 5 staff presented The Interdisciplinary Challenges of Managing Patients With Wernickes Encephalopathy in a Med/Surg Environment. The Gellman 2 staff presented Takotsubo Syndrome.
Nurses Week activities ended with two powerful presentations depicting nurses at the front line of disaster care in Haiti. Staff members shared photos and experiences from their mission trips, and special recognition was given to each nurse by New York City Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D-40), who is from Haiti.