The Visiting Nurse Service of New York held its first “Celebrating Our Talent” ceremony June 6 at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan. Hosted by Joan Marren, RN, MA, MEd, chief operating officer of VNSNY and president of VNSNY Home Care, the awards are geared toward recognizing staff members who earn achievements or have been recognized by outside organizations for their work.
“The 2011 Celebrating Our Talent ceremony is the first of its kind,” said Marren, who also is a Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum regional advisory board member.
The ceremony included a short video highlighting 40-year VNSNY veteran nurse Elsie Soto, RN, who was named Visiting Nurse Association of America Clinician of the Year, winner of the Home Care Association of New York State’s Caring Award and a regional finalist in the community service category of the 2011 Nurse.com Nurse Excellence Awards program. Soto dedicated her award to her mother, who was proud she had become a nurse, and to her five brothers, “who were my first patients,” she said.
In addition to Soto, special honors were awarded to other VNSNY nurses including Gail Silver, vice president of the Long-term Home Health Care Program and Infusion Care Network, winner of The New York Times Tribute to Nurses in the leadership category; Marilyn Lugo, RN, clinical nurse specialist in maternity, newborn and pediatrics, for honorable mention in The New York Times Tribute to Nurses in the community service category; and Peter Kai Yuen Lee, public health nurse for Congregate Care, winner of the 2011 Home Care Association New York State Faces of Home Care Calendar Competition.
The ceremony also recognized nurses who attained professional achievements or contributed to published articles. Contributors to articles in Home Healthcare Nurse Journal include Sandra E. McTernan, RN, MSN, CPNP, and Helena Meiri, RN, MA, “Research on Childhood Obesity Prevention and Intervention,” February 2011; Mollie Mandel, RN, and Elyse Savoy, RN, “Research on Supporting Patients and Family Caregivers With Palliative and End-of-Life Care,” March 2011; Mary Farren, RN, and Yanick Martelly-Kerreau, RN, “Wound Care Fundamentals and OASIS-C,” April 2011; and Joyce M. Galuppo, RN, education manager for VNSNY Choice Health Plan, co-authored “Research on Diabetes: Prioritization, Quality of Life, Medication Adherence and Self-Efficacy,” May 2011. Mary Jo Vetter, RN, vice president of clinical product development, and Rona Levin, RN, VNSNY consultant and faculty at Pace University School of Nursing, also were recognized for the article “Fostering Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Nurse and Cost Outcomes in a Community Health Setting,” which was published in the January/March 2011 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly.
Debra D. Walker, vice president of healthcare practice for Development Dimensions International, a Pittsburgh-based talent management consulting company, was the special guest speaker. Her presentation focused on how organizations, such as VNSNY, can assess and select the best talent. Walker referenced the book “Drive” by Daniel Pink, which urges businesses to look for individuals who possess three elements: autonomy, mastery and purpose.
The evening culminated in a short vocal performance by VNSNY nurse Yvonne M. Daniels-Campbell, RN, Community Home Health Accreditation compliance specialist for quality care management of the Nassau County region.
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