Administrators and staff at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., celebrated National Nurses Week by presenting awards to RNs, technicians and even a Friend of Nursing Award during its May 9 Nursing Distinction Award Ceremony.
Rosanne Raso, RN, NEA-BC, Lutheran senior vice president of nursing services and Nursing Spectrum advisory board member, greeted friends, family and colleagues of those honored. Speaking specifically about the RN awardees, Raso said, These are nurses who are cut straight out of the Florence Nightingale mold.
Nursing Distinction Awards went to Desma Dunne, RN, ANCC; Judith Joy Ordaniel, RN; Carolyn Kerrigone; Michael Gutierrez, RN; Chloe Williams, RN; Helen Torres, RN; Jeffrey Sperling; and the 4A nursing staff.
Dunne received the Maakestad Award for Distinguished Nursing Leadership, Lutherans highest nursing honor. Presented to an RN leader who demonstrates patient care innovation, advocacy, interdisciplinary partnership, promotion of a healthful work environment and inspiration to others, the award is named for Martha Maakestad, RN. Maakestad is credited with guiding Lutherans nursing department into the 21st century with her professionalism and leadership during the 28 years she was chief nurse.Lutheran Medical Center staff, from left, includes Rosanne Raso, RN, senior vice president, nursing services; Claudia Cane, executive vice president, COO; Helen Buckel, RN, nurse manager, 4A; Chloe Williams, RN; Jeffrey Sperling; Judith Joy Ordaniel, RN; Michael Gutierrez, RN; Helen Torres, RN; Desma Dunne, RN; Larry McReynolds, executive vice president, executive director of Lutheran Family Health Centers; Martha Maakestad, RN; and Carolyn Kerrigone.
The Suzette Collins Clinical Excellence award, presented to an RN who demonstrates clinical expertise through the use and dissemination of evidence-based practices to positively impact patient outcomes, was awarded to Ordaniel, a nurse on the post-anesthesia care unit. At LMC for more than 30 years, Collins was a certified wound ostomy care nurse and clinical nurse specialist who worked diligently to educate and improve patient outcomes. She died in 2008.
ED nurse Michael Gutierrez, RN, and delivery room technician Carolyn Kerrigone were the recipients of the Dhanpat Spirit of Caring Award, which is presented to RN and ancillary/clerical staff. Much loved by patients and colleagues alike, Dhanpat was a patient care technician at LMC. Dhan was featured in the New York Daily News as one of New Yorks 50 Unsung Heroes in 2006 and appeared on The Art of Living, a TV show that showcases people older than 60 doing great things. He died in October 2009.
For volunteering abroad in Africa and Haiti, 4C staff nurse Williams received the VIP Community Service Award. Williams is a member of the medical missionary team of her parish. New to this years ceremony, the VIP Community Service Award honors a nursing staff member who volunteers in partnership with the community to provide education, assistance and service to others.
A nurse of excellence is chosen annually from among the nursing staff of Lutheran Family Health Centers, a network of 11 community health centers in Brooklyn. This years LFHC Nurse of Excellence Award went to Torres, a nurse at the Family Physician Family Health Center that serves the Sunset Park community.
The ACE Team Award was presented to the 4A nursing staff. The new award is given to a nursing-led team that achieves continuous excellence in positive patient outcomes and mirrors the centers values and mission.
The final award was presented to a staff member who is not a nurse, but through his or her actions, dedication and service, contributes to nursings mission. The 5th annual Friend of Nursing Award was presented to Jeffrey Sperling, vice president of purchasing, who joked that he was already a FON father of a nurse as his son recently graduated with a BSN and works as an OR nurse at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
The executive team also shared how the award recipients commitment affects the community. It is, in fact, the nurse who makes the difference in the patient experience and the patient experience makes the MD experience and facility experience, said Wendy Goldstein, LMC president and CEO.