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New England nurses share career achievements


Lisa Gardner, RN

EMS nurse, Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance

Wallace, RN, has been named the 2012 EMS Nurse of the Year by the Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council. The award, which honors a nurse who has significantly contributed to the development of EMS skills, efforts and education in Greater Boston, received the award at the 12th annual EMS awards ceremony in Newton, Mass.

Wallace, who started at CHA in 1994, served as a nurse in its psychiatric emergency service for 15 years before joining the staff at CHA’s Cambridge Hospital ED in 2011. In addition to her daily duties, Wallace actively engages and educates EMS providers and serves as a resource for paramedic students performing clinical rotations at the Cambridge Hospital campus. She also sits on the academic advisory committee of the Pro EMS Center for MEDICS Paramedic Program.

“Jennifer is an outstanding nurse whose compassion, kindness and positivity are unmatched,” Assaad Sayah, MD, CHA’s chief of emergency medicine, said in a news release. “She recognizes the importance of the EMS provider’s role and works tirelessly to ensure that every single patient is treated like a member of her own family.”

The Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council coordinates the delivery of emergency medical services to more than two million residents living in 61 local communities. The council also promotes public and professional education, encourages research, and promotes interagency coordination and collaboration.

From left, nurses attending the Emerging Leaders Program graduation from the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston were Maria Dunn, manager of quality and risk management; Judy Sojack, patient services manager; Annemarie Martin, patient services director; Barbara Belony, RN, patient services manager; Keren Diamond, senior vice president of operations; and Margo Bourne, patient services manager.

Donna Seibert, RN, MSN, ANP, GNP, a nurse practitioner at Boston’s NVNA and Hospice has achieved Certified Heart Failure Nurse certification. Seibert works with many of the agency’s clinical specialty teams in providing oversight and management of high-risk patients, many of whom have heart disease. She also works with the agency’s telemedicine program, which monitors many patients with congestive heart failure and COPD.

Barbara Belony, RN, patient services manager for the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston & Affiliates, earned a certificate in home care management from Suffolk University’s Emerging Leaders program. To address the issue of building the next generation of home health executives, the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts and Suffolk University’s Center for Public Management developed the executive training program. The program builds the management skills of home healthcare clinical managers through a nine-month program of graduate school level courses relevant to the management of a community-based healthcare organization.

Lisa Gardner, RN, has been named resident care director at Tockwotton on the Waterfront, Providence, R.I. Gardner will be responsible for the ongoing operations of the nursing program within Tockwotton’s assisted living community, a job that will include responsibility for recruitment, training and supervision of all nursing personnel. Gardner earned a BSN from the University of Rhode Island and an RN diploma from Bridgeport (Conn.) Hospital’s School of Nursing.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Melissa Donovan, RN, MSN, has been named the clinical nurse specialist for the White 8 general medicine unit. Donovan received her BSN and MSN from Boston College. Since 2006, she has practiced on the Bigelow 11 general medicine unit, where she is recognized as an advanced clinician through the Patient Care Services Clinical Recognition Program. She was the recipient of the 2012 Jeremy Knowles Preceptor Fellowship Award, recognizing her expertise in mentoring nurses and nursing students. Vanessa Gormley, RN, MS, CNRN, has been named the CNS on the Lunder 7 neurology unit. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Providence (Rhode Island) College and completed the direct entry program at Northeastern University in Boston in 2006, and later earned an MSN from Northeastern in 2010. Gormley began her career as a corporate events director for the American Heart Association. It was her experience working with nurses that sparked an interest in a nursing career. Upon earning her nursing degree, she joined the neuroscience unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Gormley also previously worked as a clinical nurse manager at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on the brain injury unit. Gormley also has worked as a staff nurse in the neuroscience ICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as a clinical instructor for the University of
Massachusetts Boston.

Toni Eaton, RN, BSN, MS, president and CEO of Old Colony Hospice, Randolph, Mass., has been appointed to the board of directors for the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston. Along with her RN experience, Eaton also served nine years as a first lieutenant in the Army Reserve Nursing Corps. The NECHV is a multi-dimension service and care provider dedicated to assisting veterans who are facing or at risk of homelessness.


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