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Notable Nurses: NY/NJ healthcare professionals reach career milestones



Mullahy, RN, BS, CRRN, CCM, who serves as president of Mullahy & Associates, LLC, an educational and training resources company for healthcare professionals, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Academy of Certified Case Managers.

The association enables its members to maintain their certifications by making available a stream of continuing education materials as home study programs. New programs are published bimonthly in the academy’s official journal CareManagement.

With more than four decades of healthcare experience, Mullahy is the author of “The Case Manager’s Handbook, Fifth Edition,” which is widely used throughout the U.S. and Canada in graduate and undergraduate nursing and health management courses. The American Journal of Nursing named the second edition its 1998 Book of the Year.

Mullahy also serves as contributing editor for Case Management Advisor and other publications.

Mullahy’s direct case management experience spans all environments – from home, hospital and hospice to critical-care settings.

New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn: Leslie Groves, RN, recently joined the hospital as its nurse manager for inpatient adult and geriatric psychiatry services.
“Each of our patients is encountering a very personal struggle and needs our help … and helping our patients reach the day when they can walk out our door is the most important work one can do,” she said. “I’m glad that all of my colleagues here feel the same way.”

Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn: Elaine Meyerson, RN, MA, assistant vice president, clinical informatics and recruitment and retention, has been accepted into the Greater New York Association/United Hospital Fund Clinical Quality Fellowship Program.

Seton Hall University College of Nursing, South Orange, N.J.: Afua Yeboah Ampiaw, RN, MSN, has joined the undergraduate department as an instructor. Her specialty focus is adult nursing. Minnie Campbell, RN, DNSc, has joined the undergraduate department as a visiting professor. She recently retired from Kean University. Luz-Patricia Torres, RN, MSN, recently joined the undergraduate department as an instructor focusing in maternity nursing.

Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center: A team of otolaryngologists, anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists from the facility recently returned from a volunteer surgical trip to the Dominican Republic, where they helped treat more than 300 children and performed 74 surgeries on 52 children.
The trip was coordinated by Healing the Children New Jersey, a non-profit organization that provides free medical care to children in the state and worldwide. The clinicians were among other healthcare professionals who traveled at their own expense to treat patients and share their expertise with healthcare teams during local clinic visits.
Among the team members were Pam Wiest, CRNA, and Janet Trinidad, CRNA.

NYU College of Nursing, Manhattan: Ann Kurth, RN, CNM, PhD, FAAN, executive director of NYU Nursing Global, and associate dean for research at NYU Global Institute of Public Health, was named the first recipient of NYUCN’S newly created Paulette Goddard Professorship in Global Health Nursing.
Kurth also serves as a professor of nursing, medicine and public health at New York University. Her endowed professorship begins Sept. 1.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Kurth will be the first person to hold this important new chair at the college,” Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of NYU College of Nursing, said in a news release. “As an internationally recognized leader in health promotion and nursing, [Kurth] has been an outstanding ambassador for the college and for NYU around the world. This professorship recognizes and honors Ann for her numerous contributions to our profession and to the advancement of global health.”
Kurth’s research on sexual and reproductive health and on global health system strengthening has received funding from NIH, Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, CDC and others in the U.S. and internationally. She has published 110 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and scholarly monographs.

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, N.Y.: Delivery room nurse Jenny Ross, RN, was promoted to assistant nurse manager. Ross and fellow RNs Karyn Brett and Mary Alotta achieved certification in in-patient OB. SICU nurses Patti Carminati, RN, and Samantha Cuiffo, RN, achieved RN 3 status, while SICU colleague Anu Shanmugavel, RN, received her master’s degree in Adult Health Nursing from Stony Brook (N.Y.) University.

Newark (N.J.) Public School System: Lillian Montalvo, RN, MSN, was selected as the 2013 Nurse of the Year in Public Health/Occupational Health/Ambulatory Care by the March of Dimes New Jersey chapter. Montalvo also works as an LPN educator at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School.

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, N.Y.: RNs who joined or moved up the clinical ladder included Diane Shimborske, Kathleen O’Kane, Camille Cipriano, Joy Padula, Lynn Sinner, Patricia Lee and Patricia Pallo-Ross (RN 3), Dana Kaelin and Debbie Hardatt (RN 2) and Kelly Henry, Teresa Monteagudo and Teresa Egan (RN 1).
RNs Stefanie Castro, Melissa Douglas, Lauren McCoy, Heather Ostrowski, Jennifer Jaquillard, Kathleen Stewart, Jessica Fassano, Laura Marino, Elizabeth Stea and Kathleen Wagner have become certified pediatric nurses.

Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Manhattan: Kari A. Mastro, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, vice president of nursing and patient care services at Morgan Stanley and the Sloane Hospital for Women of New York-Presbyterian, has been named chairwoman for the March of Dimes New Jersey Central Division board of directors. She has been on the group’s board of directors since 2012 and also served as chairwoman of the Middlesex County March for Babies Walk in 2011.
Mastro also serves as an assistant professor of clinical nursing at Columbia University in New York City.
Mastro previously served as assistant vice president, nursing and patient care services for Bristol-Myers Squibb Childrens Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J.


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