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Eileen Sporing, RN, MSN, FAAN, senior vice president for patient care operations and chief nurse at Children’s Hospital, Boston, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing.

Robin Rossignoll, RN, MSN, received the Manager Excellence Award. Rossignoll is patient care director of the ICU, Respiratory Therapy and Rapid Response, on the Salem Campus of North Shore Medical Center. She was commended for her strong leadership role in managing the opening of the new ICU on the Salem Campus in May, and her current involvement in Partners initiatives to improve ICU handoffs and hand hygiene. The award is issued quarterly to recognize managers who demonstrate strength in teamwork, innovation and customer service.

The University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing honored five of its alumni Oct. 23 for their outstanding contributions during “Reflections of Excellence” — its annual gathering in Storrs, Conn. The award winners are:
• Lisa Bush Davis (BS/1983), chief for the Public Health Initiatives Branch of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, received a Carolyn Ladd Widmer Outstanding Alumni Award for Leadership in Nursing. Bush Davis serves on the Goodwin College Board of Trustees, American Red Cross — Blood Donor Services Board of Directors, and is the president of the Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association.
• Maryjoan D. Ladden (BS/1973), senior program officer of Human Capital Portfolio for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, also received a Carolyn Ladd Widmer Outstanding Alumni Award for Leadership in Nursing. Ladden is a nurse practitioner, researcher, and assistant professor in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School. She also serves as the director of Continuing Professional Education at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
• Edilma Yearwood (BS/1974), associate professor of Nursing and Health Studies at Georgetown University, received the Beverly Koerner Outstanding Alumni Award for Education in Nursing. Yearwood is a member of the American Academy of Nursing, the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses, and the Eastern Nurses Research Society.
• Constance M. Johnson (BS/1978), assistant professor and director of the Nursing Informatics Program at Duke University’s School of Nursing, received the Marlene Kramer Outstanding Alumni Award for Nursing Research. One of Johnson’s preferred areas of work is examining how the presentation of information can influence health-related decisions in health promotion and disease prevention.
• Maria M. Bonaiuto (BS/1970), director of school health for the Mecklenburg County Health Department, received the Eleanor K. Gill Outstanding Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing. Bonaiuto is the author of several articles featured in the Journal of School Nursing, the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell inducts Doris Troth Lippman, RN, professor of nursing at Fairfield University, into the State of Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.

Doris Troth Lippman, RN, professor of nursing at Fairfield University, is a new member of the State of Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, an honor she received after years of working tirelessly to improve the healthcare and welfare of veterans. Lippman, who served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Japan from 1967 to 1968, is an expert in post-traumatic stress disorder. One of Lippman’s primary roles as a faculty member involves educating Fairfield nursing students at the VA Hospital in West Haven, Conn. She teaches nursing students to care for veterans suffering from psychological conditions and injuries usually related to being soldiers in a war zone.

Rebecca Schroeder, RN, a psychiatric liaison nurse at Winchester (Mass.) Hospital, was selected to receive a Janssen Student Scholarship from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Each of the 15 undergraduate and 15 graduate student scholarship recipients, who were evaluated from a nationwide pool of applicants, has a demonstrated passion for psychiatric nursing and the potential to have a significant impact on the field. Additionally, Schroeder presented the poster, “How a Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nurse Can Affect Care: Measuring Attitudes and Skills of Non-Psychiatric Nurses,” at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s 24th annual conference in Louisville, Ky.

Jean W. Lange, RN

Fairfield University Professor Jean W. Lange, RN, PhD, was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Lange was the primary investigator of a 2002 Hartford Foundation grant, the purpose of which was to redesign the curriculum to create more of a focus on older adults. She worked with colleagues to create one of the first programs in the country to fully integrate end of life consortium (ELNEC) modules into graduate and undergraduate programs. To measure outcomes, she collaborated with ELNEC leaders to refine a knowledge assessment tool that has been adopted for use by educators in hospitals, hospice centers, home care agencies and universities nationwide. She has mentored graduate students to establish the first National Primary Care Week in the region, which led to a Governor’s citation and the 2004 award from the national American Medical Student Foundation.

Ana Wolanin, RN, MS, has been named chief of nursing and assistant vice president of inpatient services at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Mass. She will be in charge of managing and developing nursing staff at Walden, with a special focus on Walden’s inpatient services. Most recently, Wolanin was the Director of Psychiatric Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

(Left to right) Deb Alterio, RN, accepts the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses from Kathy Schuler, Winchester Hospital’s vice president of patient care services and CNO.

Winchester (Mass.) Hospital has recognized Debra Alterio, RN, of Wakefield as its most recent recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses after she was nominated by a fellow nurse for her “extraordinary caring and compassion” in comforting a dying patient whose family wasn’t present.

Four Bayada Nurses locations — including one in Norwalk, Conn. — have been included in the 2010 HomeCare Elite ranking, a compilation of the top-performing Medicare-certified home healthcare providers in the United States. The companies in this annual review are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance. This is the second consecutive year in which the Norwalk and Pittston offices were included on the list. The entire list of the 2010 HomeCare Elite can be viewed on the OCS web site at

Amy Vilcinskas, RN

Amy Vilcinskas, RN, and Gidget Peck, RN, received The John N. Lewis Leadership Award at the 109th annual meeting of VNA HealthCare. The award is named after the founder of the Waterbury Visiting Nurse Association and it recognizes employees who, by their example, inspire others to fulfill the mission of the agency. Vilcinskas and Peck work together with social worker Terry Donovan and pastoral counselor Ki Miller, who shared the award to care for patients at Hartford Hospital.

Paula Gillette, RN, MSN, has been named the vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer of Newport (R.I.) Hospital. Gillette has held many leadership roles throughout her 35-year career in healthcare, most recently as senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of Women and Infants Hospital in Providence.

Gidget Peck, RN

They assist hospital staff in the transition from cure to comfort and bring a sense of peace, dignity and humanity to the art of dying. Jane Serra, RN, received the Martha Wilkinson Award. Serra, a two-year employee of the agency, works on the Waterbury South Team. Her supervisor, Pat Bousaada, said she went above and beyond to get much needed services for a patient of hers who had cognitive, mobility and physical deficits.

Jane Serra, RN

Maureen Fitzsimmons, RN, BSN, MPH, has been named vice president of patient care services and chief nursing executive at the The Hospital of Central Connecticut. In this position, Fitzsimmons will be responsible for administrative and clinical operations for the Nursing Department at the hospital’s New Britain General and Bradley Memorial campuses.

Clinical nurse specialist Michele Klau, RNCS, and her Haitian Mental Health Team at Cambridge Health Alliance, received the Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award from the Boston-based Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. The Haitian Mental Health Team is a multidisciplinary team of caregivers who care for Haitian and Haitian-American patients in more than a half dozen communities in eastern Massachusetts. Klau works as a psychotherapist and psychopharmacologist.

Mary Newcomb, RN, holds 3-month-old Sean Cashman Jr. after accepting the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. She was nominated by the baby’s parents, Kathy and Sean Cashman Sr. of Wakefield.

Winchester (Mass.) Hospital has recognized Mary Newcomb, RN, as its most recent recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses after she was nominated by a newborn’s parents for being an “angel in scrubs.” The DAISY Award, presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives, is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional efforts that nurses make each day. In the nomination, Newcomb was praised for her quick thinking, which enabled a newborn in Winchester Hospital’s Level IIB Special Care Nursery to be diagnosed and properly treated for a life-threatening infection.

Eileen Rose, RN, BSN, OCN, was recently awarded the 2010 Betty Marcus Women’s Health Endowment Fund Award. Rose is an oncology nurse at the Adele R. Decof Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Miriam Hospital, in Providence, R.I. The award recognizes a researcher or clinician who best epitomizes excellence in research or clinical services for women. Rose — the first nurse to receive this award — was honored at The Miriam Hospital’s Women’s Wellness Workshop in October.

Elizabeth Cadigan, RN

Elizabeth Cadigan, RN, MSN, was honored with Salve Regina University’s 2010 Nursing Alumni Achievement Award. Cadigan is Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO at Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance. Since joining CHA in May 2010, Cadigan has been instrumental in launching Patient Experience of Care initiatives that have greatly improved patient satisfaction. She also implemented a staff nurse council that empowers CHA’s nurses and gives them a voice in practice, policy, quality, and safety.

The Alumni Association of Saint Francis Hospital School of Nursing awarded three nursing scholarships totaling $10,000 during its fall meeting at The Chowder Pot in Hartford, Conn. This year, $10,000 in scholarships was awarded to three recipients: Brianna Anderson of Warwick, R.I. Anderson is matriculated in the BSN program at the University of Connecticut, Class of 2011. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Dziadul Tavernier of Vernon, Conn., St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1959. Colleen Clark of Hartford, Conn., Clark received her associate degree RN from Goodwin College, Hartford, and is enrolled in the BSN program. Clark is employed in the ED at the Mid-State Medical Center in Meriden, Conn. She is the granddaughter of Joanne Walsh of Hartford, St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1953. Wendy Martinson of West Hartford, Conn., is a graduate of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1990. She received her BSN from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford and is enrolled in the University of Hartford MSN program. Martinson is employed in the Quality Improvement Department at the UCONN Health Center in Farmington. She is the daughter of Joann Martinson of West Hartford, St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1995.

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