During the annual ESPRIT Awards, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York celebrated staff members who give their all each day to their patients and colleagues. The awards honor nurses and other staff who epitomize VNSNYs values excellence, service to customers, people, fiscal responsibility, initiative and teamwork. They are given out twice a year, once in the fall during National Nurses Week and again in November to commemorate National Home Care and Hospice Month.
These awards are like the Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy rolled into one, said Carol Raphael, president and CEO at VNSNY.The fall 2010 ESPRIT Award winners epitomize VNSNYs mission excellence, service to customers, people, fiscal responsibility, initiative and teamwork.
Winners are nominated by their peers and chosen from among VNSNYs more than 14,000 staff members. Joan Marren, RN, BS, MA, MEd, VNSNYs COO, read the name of each winner and a snippet from his or her nomination that explained why he or she was chosen. Among the 36 winners this fall were five RNs Sandra Antoine, RN, MSN, staff nurse, infusion care; Emma Kaleo-Bioh, RN, congregate care program, Queens; Ursuline Lindsey, RN, acute care, Manhattan; Angela Maloney, RN, BSN, orientation nurse instructor, acute care, Brooklyn; and Sherma M. Wheeler, RN, nurse consultant VNSNY Choice, Bronx.
Recognition also was given to staff members who achieved other professional accomplishments. Nelline Scotland Shaw, RN, BSN, regional clinical manager for VNSNY Choice in the Bronx, was thanked for 30 years of service to VNSNY. Marianne Bradley, RN-BC, MSN, CWOCN, orientation nurse instructor, acute care in Brooklyn, was recognized for winning the 2010 New York University College of Nursing Doval Award for Excellence in Nursing Education and Joanne McDevitt, RN, clinical project manager for VNSNY Choice, was named winner of VNSNYs 2010 Cathy Mallard Leadership Award in Clinical Technology and Informatics.Taren Sterry, manager of hospice volunteers, performed an excerpt from her one-woman show on hospice care, 180 Days.
Marren and colleagues Denise Davin, senior vice president and chief HR officer, and Robert Rosati, vice president of clinical informatics, were given the 2010 Impact Article of the Year award for their article, The Linkage Between Employee and Patient Satisfaction in Home Healthcare, that appeared in the March/April 2009 issue of Journal of Healthcare Quality. Other nurses who were published in professional journals include Grace McGhee, RN, BSN, ANP; Inna Popil, RN, MSN; and Rochelle Pinnock-Herring, RN, BSN. Christine Mooney, RN, MA, education coordinator, was saluted for her work with NYU nursing students and home healthcare.