Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., kicked off its Nurses Week events May 4 with an awards ceremony honoring its nurse leaders. The celebration was held in Schreiber Auditorium in the morning and in the afternoon for the night staff.Sherlock Springer, RN, right, receives congratulations, from left, Pam Mestel, RN; his wife, Yvonne Springer; and Sandra Olendorf, RN.
After opening remarks from Bonnie Berman, RN, executive director of nursing and psychiatry, and formal welcomes from Pamela S. Brier, president and CEO, and Sondra Olendorf, RN, senior vice president of nursing and hospital operations, RNs who received leadership awards were announced
Ruth Knecht, Advancing and Leading the Profession
Anne-Marie Lantieri and Alison McLeod Barnett, Clinical Care
Natalie Gurvich, Management
Monica Preval and Jill Wegener, Mentoring
Helene Salter, Teaching
Rosamond Bobb and Carole Prinston-Benoit, Community Service
We took a cue from Nursing Spectrum, joked Maryanne Radioli, RN, MA, director of nursing recruitment and retention and Nursing Spectrum advisory board member, referring to the six categories used in its annual Excellence Awards.
The Catch Us at Our Best Award was given to nurses and units who were nominated unknowingly by patients for superior service during a specific month. Annamma Mathew, Mary Samuel, and Mehrangiz Mehrabi received that award. Special recognition also was given to staff in union 1199 positions who achieved RN status Yakov Shikhman, Percival Findlay, Esmira Movsumova, Martha Fernandez, Fulkeriya Roy, Alexander Hall, Michelle DiLuccio, Lovie Amalo, Michelle Rochard, Yelena Stone, Leonid Fridburg, and Svetlana Iskhavkova.Jill Wegener, RN, CNS, of childrens services, was one of two winners in the Mentoring category.
A highlight of the ceremony was the video tribute to the PACUs Sherlock Springer, RN, who was presented with a service recognition award by Pam Mestel, RN, executive director of perioperative services, for his many years of service. Springer, who began his career at Maimonides in 1970, is a true advocate for nursing rights, Mestel said.
The evening program concluded with the poem Nursing at Night, written and recited by Chief Learning Officer Kathryn Kaplan, PhD, to pay homage to the many triumphs of nurses who work the night shift.