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Associate dean for research and Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research, Columbia University School of Nursing, Manhattan

Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN, CIC, was named the first recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in June.

The award, which was presented for the first time at APIC’s 40th annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be given annually to an infection preventionist who has made a significant and sustained contribution to infection prevention science and who exemplifies scholarly excellence and leadership within the scientific community.

“We are pleased to recognize Dr. Larson with this honor as she is one of our strongest mentors in helping others cement science into practice,” APIC 2013 President Patti Grant, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, said in a news release. “Her dedication, contributions and leadership in the science of infection prevention have helped to validate and enrich the practice nationally and internationally, as well as move APIC’s mission forward.”

Larson has published more than 200 journal articles, four books and numerous book chapters on infection prevention, epidemiology and clinical research. She consults on infection control and nursing nationally and internationally and has served as editor of the American Journal of Infection Control, APIC’s official scientific journal, since 1994.

Larson is known for her research in hand hygiene and compliance, among other topics.

Schervier Nursing Care Center, Bronx: The Bon Secours New York Health System long-term and rehabilitation care facility selected Lorally Palarpalar, RN, as its May 2013 Values in Action award recipient. The award is presented monthly. Palarpalar, the nursing manager of the second floor, was selected for the award by her peers for the care she provides residents and patients and the service she delivers to residents’ family members. “Lorally’s clinical knowledge and passion for the care that she provides, enhances the lives of our residents and inspires her colleagues to emulate the quality of service she provides,” Stephen Kazanjian, director of mission at Schervier, said in a news release. “She is a true leader and asset to our management team.”

Palarpalar was honored June 6 with a certificate of excellence and a small gift on behalf of Schervier by Kazanjian.

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York: RNs advancing in the clinical ladder program are Nancy Flynn, Erika Cooper, Heather DiScala, Sofiya Aminov and Stella Mark (RN 1), Marissa Hughes and Melissa Behrman (RN 2), and Kathleen Wagner (RN 3). Mary Beth Higgins, RN, received certification in nursing professional development. RNs Kristin Cerar and Ditty Kuriakose achieved neonatal certification. Michelle Vella, RN, was promoted to assistant nurse manager in the NICU. Betty May, RN, was a podium presenter at the 2013 NICU Leadership Forum.

The College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, N.Y.: Justine Taddeo, RN, BS, MA, EdD, was awarded the Bene Merenti Medal honoring 25 years of distinguished service on May 18 during the school’s 101st commencement. Taddeo is the college’s director and chairwoman of the department of nursing.

Plainview (N.Y.) Hospital: Noreen Grady, RN, 3 West, was named the 2013 Nurse of Excellence Award winner. ED nurse Jaya Vathappallil, RN, won the Zuckerberg Family Award. Florence Nightingale Award winners were Patricia Lina, RN, ED (Teamwork & Collaboration); Jayne Gallan-Galgano, RN, med/surg educator (Patient & Family Centered Care); Patricia Weil, RN, diabetes educator (Advancing the Profession of Nursing); and Linda Calabrese, RN, 2 North (Safety and Quality Care).

Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, Manhattan: Simone Bailey, who will be a senior at PBISN this fall, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Jamaican Nurses Group of New York. The award was presented April 12 by Marilyn Parker, RN, EdD, a former PBISN associate dean.

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders, New York City: NICHE has appointed Linda A. D. Bub, RN, MSN, GCNS-BC, as director of education and program development. In 2012, she won the Innovation in Practice Award from the National Gerontological Nurses Association.


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