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Notable Nurses: DC/Maryland/Virginia RNs celebrate achievements, awards



President/CEO, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Salisbury, Md.

Naleppa, RN, PhD, MS, MBA, FACHE, was named to the 2012 Becker’s Hospital Review’s “120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” Naleppa was one of four female hospital leaders in Maryland to earn this distinction from Becker’s.

According to Becker’s, the 120 women chosen demonstrate outstanding leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry and were selected based on a wide range of management and leadership skills, including oversight of hospital or health system operations, financial turnarounds and quality improvement initiatives.

Naleppa has been the president of PRMC since 2008 and joined the organization as its executive vice president and COO in 2003.

Naleppa has a 30-plus year history as a healthcare executive, holding various leadership positions at both academic and community institutions.

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore: Jason Farley, CRNP, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor and a nurse practitioner since 2003 in the Division of Infectious Diseases within The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine AIDS Service, was among 12 outstanding nursing faculty from across the country the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation chose to participate in its Nurse Faculty Scholars program.

Each Nurse Faculty Scholar receives a three-year, $350,000 grant to pursue research, leadership training in all aspects of the faculty role and mentoring from senior faculty at his or her institution. According to a news release, the award is given to junior faculty who show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing.

According to the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars website, Farley’s research program focuses on HIV and the epidemiology, prevention and management of association drug resistant co-infections such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Farley recently was named one of the co-directors of the Clinical Core within The Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research. He is a co-chair of the Global Health Committee of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and recently was selected by its membership to serve as a director at-large within the board of directors of the organization. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Nursing Research at NIH, the South African Medical Research Council and the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars (KL2) program.

Carroll Hospital Center, Westminster, Md.: Kelly Roemer, RN, received the September DAISY Award. A nurse at the hospital for nine years, Roemer was honored for her compassionate and exceptional care of a patient who was extremely anxious about an upcoming surgery, according to a news release.

“Kelly is truly an extraordinary nurse who is always willing to extend the extra effort to make sure patients feel comfortable and confident in their care, which makes her very deserving of this award,” Stephanie Reid, RN, BSN, vice president of quality and CNO, said in the release.

Joan Stickles, RN, was named the October Associate of the Month. A member of the Carroll Hospital Center staff for about 13 years, Stickles was nominated for her exceptional care of a patient who was using a unique medical device for his treatment.

“The well-being of patients is truly one of Joan’s top priorities,” Colleen Duerr, RN, BSN, clinical manager of the intermediate care unit, said in a news release. “She is a strong patient advocate who goes to great lengths to ensure utmost patient safety.”

Each month, Carroll Hospital Center recognizes the extraordinary achievements of members of the Carroll Hospital Center staff with a program called Associate WOW Service Awards. From those who are nominated to receive Associate WOW Service Awards each month, one Associate of the Month is chosen.

Upper Chesapeake Health, Harford County, Md.: Barbara Cysyk, RN, BSN, manager of Upper Chesapeake Health’s Primary Stroke Center, has been elected co-president of the Maryland Stroke Center Consortium. The MSCC is a network of representatives from all hospitals in the state of Maryland that have been designated as stroke centers. In collaboration with the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medicine Services Systems — the body that provides state oversight — and the American Heart Association, the MSCC works to improve stroke care outcomes statewide. Since 2007, the MSCC has met bimonthly to network, review data, mentor, educate, and share best practices.


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