On May 5, Dominican College in Orangeburg, N.Y., honored nurses during its 29th annual Nurse Recognition Day Celebration luncheon. To go along with the theme Advancing Nursing, the program showcased Excellence in Nursing Practice Awards, scholarships and a community service project presentation.
The keynote speaker was Patrick Coonan, RN, EdD, dean and professor of the School of Nursing at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., who has a long history of service in nursing leadership and education.Staff Award winners include, from left, Noreen Patone, RN, Rockland Psychiatric Center; Lynne Beth Weissman, RN, Dominican College; Sandra Ciganek, RN, Nyack Hospital; and Laura Buckley, RN, Good Samaritan.
During a special ceremony, Excellence in Practice Awards were presented to nurses who had been nominated and selected by their peers. Lynne Beth Weissman, RN, MS, CPNP, DNP, received the Administrative Award at Dominican College. The following nurses received the Staff Award: Tjandrawati Sandy Ong, RN, CCRN, Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip, N.Y.; Laura Buckley, RN, CCRN, Good Samaritan Hospital; Noreen Patone, RN, MSN, Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg; and Sandra Ciganek, RN, BSN, Nyack (N.Y.) Hospital.Dominican College Staff Award winner Lynne Beth Weissman, RN, left, stands with Anne Fella, RN, director of nursing at Summit Park Nursing Care Center and nominating committee member.
Those eligible for awards included RNs working in healthcare in Rockland County and LPNs who are pursuing an RN license. They were nominated in either a staff or administrator category, and the names of the winners remained secret until the day of the ceremony.
In addition, the committee selected benefactors for the community service project, People to People and nurses in the military. Attendees were asked to purchase telephone cards and bring them to the event so they could be sent to nurses serving in the war. In addition, the committee requested attendees bring a food or toiletry item for People to People.