Four distinguished nurses, including retired Brig. Gen. William T. Bester, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, who gave the keynote address at New York University College of Nursings graduation ceremony, were honored at the May 20 event at New York City Center.
A total of 659 degrees were granted, including 443 BSNs, 193 masters degrees, 11 PhDs in nursing research and theory development, eight advanced certifications and four DNP degrees, according to a news release.
College of Nursing Dean Eileen Sullivan Marx, RN, PhD, FAAN, presented Bester with the Agnes and Rosemary Ludden Award for Innovative Nursing Practice in recognition of exemplary leadership as an innovator of nursing practice.
“Brig. Gen. Bester is an inspiration to all nurses and particularly our graduates, who have their full nursing careers ahead of them,” Sullivan-Marx said in the release. “His stellar career stands as a testimony to the commitment, engagement, and dedication that nurses bring to every moment and situation where need arises.” Bester, senior adviser to the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, served as the 21st Chief of the Army Nurse Corps from 2000-2004.
Also honored at the ceremony was Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, RN, BSN, MS, the 43rd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Medical Command. Horoho was given the Helen Manzer Award in recognition of exemplary leadership on behalf of the health of the nation.
The Distinguished Clinical Colleague Award was presented to Carol Porter, RN, DNP, FAAN, who serves as the CNO at Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, in recognition of outstanding clinical leadership.
Catherine Taylor Foster, RN, PhD, a 1974 NYU alumna, Army nurse, Fulbright Senior Scholar and Peace Corps volunteer, was given the Humanitarian Award in recognition of outstanding humanitarian efforts on behalf of professional nursing. •