The 2008 Nurse of the Year Barbara Ann Julian, Medical-Surgical Nursing at Bayshore Hospital in Holmdel, N.J., appeared with the incorrect photo in the Nurses Who Shine section of August 11. The photo should have appeared as follows: (Left) Barbara Ann Julian, RN, and (right) Grace Faruolo, LPN, are the hospital’s 2008 Nurses of the Year.
St. Michael’s RNs Present Poster
Kathryn Kozub, Roxana Gonzalez, and Terry Pietsch, nurses from St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, N.J., recently presented an evidence-based practice team poster, “Nurse Navigator: Impacting Life and Death,” at the National Evidence-Based Conference in Iowa.
Somerset Awards and Certifications
At Somerset Medical Center, in Somerville, N.J., Nurse of the Year Awards were presented to: Karen Ricigliano – Perioperative Services; Julie Michalak – Maternal/Child Health; Marites Ventus – Critical Care; Denise Morio – Medical/Surgical; Maryann DeStefano – Case Management; Jennifer Irving – Manager of the Year; Natasa Livelli – Nurse Yearling; and Angela Hamilton – Jean Dougherty Award. Three RNs have obtained national certification: Nursery – Virginia Huffman – Low-Risk Newborn, through the National Certification Corporation; and Pediatrics – Xiao Hong Du and Nerie Guerra – Pediatric Nursing, through the ANCC.L to r: Colleen Velten, Martha Patterson, and Teresa Kitz of United Hospice of Rockland.
RNs Certified in Hospice Care
United Hospice of Rockland, New City, N.Y., nurses Teresa Kitz, Martha Patterson, and Colleen Velten passed an exam administered by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.
RWJUH Nurse Wins Award
Mary Lynn Lowe Dupuis, PICU, Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., was honored at the National Conference of Critical Care Nurses, The National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, in Chicago. Dupuis received the Eli Lilly and Company Excellent Preceptor Award. She also received the Clinical Excellence Award for Critical Care from her hospital. Dupuis has precepted experienced nurses who are new to the hospital and new graduate nurses who start in the ICU, until they are ready to practice independently.
VNACJ Nurse Awards
Suzanne Reynolds, nurse coordinator, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, was named 2008 Nurse of the Year by VNACJ. Reynolds offers alternatives to nursing home placement to 660 residents of Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon, and Somerset counties, who have complex health and/or socioeconomic challenges.
Barbara Smith, manager, VNACJ Community Care Alternatives Programs, received the annual Marcia Granucci Award for her work with highly vulnerable populations in the community. In 19 programs serving more than 4,000 patients a year, services include community care for the elderly and disabled, school-based programs, and HIV/AIDS care.
The annual VNACJ scholarships for high school students pursuing BSN degrees at the college level were given to Joseanne Dura – Rutgers College of Nursing, New Brunswick; Jennifer Kline – St. Mary’s College School of Nursing, Notre Dame, Ind.; and Christina Necci – Fairfield University School of Nursing, Fairfield, Conn. A new VNACJ nursing scholarship, in memory of Violet A. Yurowski, was awarded to two Brookdale Community College nursing students, Kris Ann Ruscil and Kathleen Anne Toomey, a VNACJ-certified home health aide.