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NY nurses celebrate career achievements


Director of nursing education, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, N.Y.

Bechtel, RN-BC, MSN, CEN, was promoted to director of nursing education for Good Samaritan. Previously, she was the clinical educator in the ED. In her new role, Bechtel will oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of programs for orientation of new employees and promote continuing education and life-long learning programs for the nursing department.

Bechtel has certifications in emergency nursing and staff development. She recently was chosen to speak on “Just In Time Training” at the 2012 National Staff Development Conference in Boston.

Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y., announced that RNs Katherine Reilly and Jennifer Yeager achieved certification in neonatal intensive care. Peggy Murphy, nurse manager of the NICU, achieved certification as a nurse executive. Rina Villaflor achieved PCCN and CCRN certification. Kristin Regruto, Denise Duncan, Diane DiTomasso, Monika Nomikos, Christine Kilcullen and Linda Kueck achieved certification in med/surg nursing. RNs in labor and delivery who achieved certification in electronic fetal monitoring are Laura Braithwaite, Barbara Clarke, Lacey Colucci, Elizabeth DeMarco, Marie Zizzamia, Joan Lovett, Louise Loughlin, Patricia Bartels, Rose Locasio, Linda Miller, Elaine Morrison, Eileen Tracey, Christin Vilardi Kozik, Georgine Maisch, Laura Matalevich, Mary Troiano, Patricia Husch and Elaine Shea.
Madalyn Frank-Cooper, director of nursing for the ED, graduated with a master’s degree from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and achieved certification as a clinical nurse leader. Also earning degrees were Anna Davidov (MSN, SUNY Downstate), Jennifer Spinato and Janefer John (MSN, SUNY Stony Brook), Colleen Brandon and Katie Curnuk (BSN, Molloy College), Eleanor Harris and Jennifer Murano (BSN, Farmingdale State College), Patricia Rinaldi (BSN, Western Governor’s University), Johan Uy (MSN, Pace University), Manjula Stanislaus (master’s in nursing/health administration, University of Phoenix) and Gina Nelson (MSN, Molloy).

Renee McLeod-Sordjan, RN, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, a first-year PhD student at Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y., is one of five 2012 Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars selected through a national scholarship program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, the program provides financial support, mentoring and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach nursing. McLeod-Sordjan serves as a clinical assistant professor at Pace University, New York City.

At North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset, N.Y., Christopher Collicutt, RN, achieved CEN certification, and Doris E. Fernandez, RN, earned med/surg nursing certification.  

SUNY Downstate Medical Center nurse Tao Liu, RN, MSN, a fetal heart monitoring instructor since 2008, was one of five recipients recognized by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses with the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award. In addition to being a fetal heart monitoring instructor, Liu is an assistant director of nursing and an obstetrical nursing educator at the Brooklyn, N.Y., facility.

Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York is celebrating the following RNs to advance on the clinical ladder: Susan Scafidi (RN 1), Fawn Bilello (RN 2) and Joy Padula, Tracy Ann Bednar, Diane Shimborske, Laura Dunac-Beigay, Joanne Stiehl, Karen Clemens and Cynthia Pesce (RN 3). Newly certified RNs are Rose Dunn and Judy Jeanty (CPEN), and Sheena Crooks and Danielle Jones (CPN).

The Zucker Hillside Hospital in Queens, N.Y., announced the promotion of Nancy Abbinanti, ANP, MSN, NPP, PMHCNS-BC, to senior administrative director 2, patient care services. Abbinanti has been integral to the success of numerous nursing initiatives, spearheading the transition to CPOE, the rollout of the PES Team, and the cultural integration of the shared governance model. Zucker Hillside RNs Julie Drwal, Mercy Prasad, Heidi Glow and Gail Burgess achieved certification in psychiatric-mental health. Maira Barnes, RN, earned CNE certification.


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