Six nurses were honored Oct. 28 with Nursing Excellence Awards by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation for providing outstanding service to patients, the community and their colleagues, according to an HHC news release.
Nursing Excellence Awards are given for excellence in leadership, improving patient outcomes, education, teamwork and community service.
These individuals have not only demonstrated their commitment to quality patient care, but also to advancing the knowledge and tools available to all staff, HHC CNO Lauren Johnston, RN, MPA, said in the release. They work tirelessly to not only improve the lives of patients, but to also make sure their families and caregivers have the support they need.
The 2013 Nursing Excellence Award winners were as follows:
Taiwo Adeniji, RN, Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, received the award for Excellence in Volunteerism and Service for her work with the Nigerian Nurses Association to provide medical care and preventive health screenings in New York City and in her native country through personally funded efforts. Linda Bulone, RN, Queens Hospital Center, won for Excellence in Advancing and Leading the Profession for her work within the Queens Cancer Center. She has helped to successfully increase the number of minority patients in cancer clinical trials through inpatient education, and assisted in community programs to educate about cancer screenings and prevention.
Anna Krakowski, RN, Lincoln Medical Center, Bronx, was honored with the Excellence in Clinical Nursing, Inpatient for her role in the growth of the Palliative Care Service, including implementation of specialized tools into practice, and ongoing education of physicians, nursing and ancillary staff to increase awareness of patients with serious and chronic illnesses.
Margaret Levine, RN, Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn, won for Excellence in Education and Mentorship for her work to reorganize, refocus and revitalize the nursing education program, which has contributed to improved patient outcomes.
Kathleen Marino, RN, Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, was recognized for Excellence in Management for her leadership in the NICU to constantly improve the unit for staff and patients. She has created procedures and tools to help her staff improve performance for better patient outcomes, and encourages them to complete certifications. She also coordinates groups for parents of NICU patients where they receive support and important health information.
Peter Ching, RN, Gouverneur Health, Manhattan, was recognized for Excellence in Home, Community or Ambulatory Care for his leadership, positive attitude and enthusiasm. He was instrumental in the development of the Green Team to improve patient access, satisfaction and clinical outcomes. To improve collaboration among team members, he helps to facilitate communication to ensure better work flow.
HHC nurses are not only going above and beyond for their patients and colleagues, but voluntarily bringing that expertise and medical care to their communities, HHC President Alan D. Aviles said in the release. These nurses are an example of the skill and compassion we see and appreciate from them each day.
For the first time, the Nursing Champion Award was presented to a person who has demonstrated support for HHC nursing.
Josephine Bolus, RN, MS, CNP, APRN-BC, was recognized for her work in the field leading up to and following her retirement in 1997.
She previously served as a staff nurse in the pediatric ED at Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, where she pioneered the establishment of the certification guidelines for the NP in New York State. She also has served as preceptor for pediatric NP students at Columbia University and for RN students at Kingsboro Community College.
More than 30 nurses were nominated for this years awards. Winners were chosen by a committee that included last years award recipients.