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Hospitals and other healthcare facilities nationwide celebrated National Nurses Week May 6-12 by recognizing the valuable contributions of nurses. Here is a look at how some facilities in the Greater Philadelphia Tri-State region marked the week.

Methodist Hospital, Philadelphia: The nursing staff of the B5-telemetry unit published the Pioneer, a 50-page magazine packed with articles, stories, greetings, biographical data, narratives and poems. This is the fifth edition of the magazine that has been a yearly tradition for the nursing staff under the leadership of Jane Cassidy, RN, CRRN, B5 nurse manager, in celebrating National Nurses Week.

This year’s editorial staff members were David A. Dacanay Jr., RN, BSN (editor-in-chief); Miriam Gayle, RN, BSN (managing editor); Angela Miller, RN, BSN (associate editor); Oliver Torres, RN, BSN (graphic editor); Laurie Varela, RN; and Nana Yeboah, RN.

Tanya Robinson, RN

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia: More than 300 nurses took part May 11 in an early morning celebration with radio personality Donna Storm and Mix 106.1 FM. The event included music, breakfast treats, massages, exercise tips and prizes.

Guest speakers Daniel A. Monti, a physican who serves as director, Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine, and Sharon Johnson, a writer for The New York Times, discussed nurses’ health and wellness, along with healthcare reform May 12 as part of the 2011 Nurse Excellence Awards Luncheon and Ceremony.

Carole Muto, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CPAN, won the 2011 Janet C. Hindson Award for exceptional devotion and care to relieving the suffering of others.

Photo courtesy of Methodist Hospital
Editorial staff members who published the Pioneer magazine are David A. Dacanay Jr., RN, BSN, editor-in-chief; Miriam Gayle, RN, BSN, managing editor; Angela Miller, RN, BSN, associate editor; Oliver Torres, RN, BSN, graphic editor; Laurie Varela, RN, and Nana Yeboah, RN.

OR Specialty Team Supervisor Barbara Citerone, RN, was awarded the 2011 Career Achievement Award at the annual Nurse Excellence Awards Luncheon and Ceremony.

Among the winners were RNs Marie St. Ledger (Community Service Award); Thomas Sullivan, Kelly Lord, Monina Tajdea and Mary Ann Heller (Clinical Nurse Excellence Awards); Kathryn White (Rising Star Award); Karlene DiCello (Excellence in Nurse Preceptorship and Mentorship Award); and Nicole Schwartz (Oncology Nurse of the Year).

“In addition to our award celebrations, Nurses Week programs have focused on wellness and health topics, managing time and other ways to help nurses in their everyday life,” said Mary Ann McGinley, RN, PhD, CNO and senior vice president of patient care services.

RNs Catherine Weidman, director, med/surg, and Suzanne Henrick, director, ICU/CVU, took part in serving cake to nurses for Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, Del.: During the week, Bayhealth submitted its Nursing Excellence Award nominations to the Delaware Nurses Association, a “Magnet Café” demonstrated initiatives implemented by Bayhealth on its journey to nursing excellence, and professional portfolios illustrated how the continuing education of Bayhealth nurses helps achieve better outcomes for patients. Bayhealth also announced its Nurses of the Year for Kent General Hospital and Milford Memorial Hospital.

Jennifer Taylor, RN, won for Kent, and Tanya Robinson, RN, BSN, CCRN, won for Milford.

Both nurses will become nominees for the Delaware Excellence in Nursing Practice Awards, given by the Delaware Nurses Association each year to the top nurse in Delaware.

The Bayhealth Nurses of the Year will attend the National Magnet Conference in October in Baltimore.

Photo courtesy of St. Francis Medical Center
From left, Mary Anne Suttles, RN, CNO/vice president of patient care services, congratulates Nurse Excellence Award recipients Valerie Batezel, FNP; Alexis Koenig, RN; and Janice Wright, LPN.

Other Nurse of the Year nominees from Kent included Taffi Lang, RN; Zantipee Jegede, RN, BSN; Holly Dapias, RN; Susan Litchford, RN, BSN, CNML; Edda DiDonato, RN, BSN; and Natalie Cherry, RN.

Other nominees from Milford included Pamela James, RN-BC, BSN; Joanna Clayton, RN; Sharon Flesher, RN; and Ashley Samsel, RN, BSN.

AtlantiCare: A group of 50 recipients of the Nursing Excellence Award were recognized during a reception at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Campus in Pomona, N.J., for excellence in providing quality care and exceptional customer service to patients and families. Nurses also were recognized for their commitment to teamwork.

Rosemarie Taggart, RN, of ARMC Mainland Campus, was honored as one of the Preceptor of the Year Award winners for her dedication to mentoring new nurses.

Justine Sponziello, RN

AtlantiCare’s 12th annual Nursing Excellence Award winners were RNs Diana Arango-Ruiz, Diane Bloom, Kevin Boehm, Janice Brady, Kriste Breeze, Julie Brown, Kelly Cantwell, Dale Carroll, Catherine Clark, Lauren Cooke, Mary Ann Dech, Thuy Dinh, Deborah Dupont, Josie Ellis, Karen Foley, Allison Gibase, Deborah Glick, Wendy Johnson, Donna Kubert, Hope Larose, Kelly Levering, Kristin Logue, Karen Lorenz, Le Ly, Kelsey McElroy, Angela Migliaccio, Naomi Morgan, Renee Myers, Maria Nowicki, Theresa Palos, Marivic “Bing” Mercado Paradella, Ryan Paynter, Shannon Pifer, Lisa Puzzutiello, Terri Rodino, Virginia Rohan, Michelle Russo, Kathy Sanford, Holly Schiavo, Daphne Scott, Donna Hafler Seeley, Janine Sooy-Sheridan, Brooke Sweeney, Polly Thieler, Summer Tinkcom, Jean Voss and Katie Zein and APNs Marylynda Boyer and Peggy McMahon.

Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia: Recognition receptions on several campuses honored nurses throughout the system.

During Nurses Week events, Mary Beth Morrell, RN, BSN, spoke about deciding to go to Iraq as a civilian to care for the injured. Morrell worked with an Army-contracted company.

Barbara Citerone, RN

Collages of pictures submitted for the Caring Awards were used for picture boards on many of the units. Nursing managers and directors put together and distributed baskets of treats to nursing units throughout the network. RNs who were honored with Nursing Caring Spirit Awards were Donna Bisch (Critical Care Cluster); John Flobeck, Krista McDonald and Donna Schonewolf (Emergency Cluster); Lilibeth Witner, Desiree Soto and Lauren Purtle (Heart & Vascular Cluster); Janae Garcia (Medical/Surgical Cluster); Evelyn Cline (Rehab Cluster); Velma Ross and Kim Vance (Subacute); Robin Stotesbury and Jeanne Kwasniuk (Surgical Services Center); and Denise Vizza, Alisha Jackson, Jessica Acevedo and Annitia Gilliam (Women & Children’s Cluster).

Recipients of Caring Spirit Team Awards were Tower 6 (RNs Kelly Brennan and Mary Beth James), Crisis Response Center, 1 North MossRehab and the Progressive Care Unit at Einstein at Elkins Park. Caring Colleague Awards were presented to RNs Richard Arbour and Debra Cattolico.

The Melissa Coleman Caring Spirit Award was presented to RN Marguerite Schwoebel.

RN Frank Walsh received the Shared Governance Leadership Award. Information Services was honored with the Nursing Prism Award.

Carole Muto, RN

Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, Pa.: At the annual Nursing Excellence Award Celebration, Paulette Nish, vice president of patient care services and CNO, recognized Mary Grace Conklin, RN, BSN, cardiac cath lab, and Amy Acosta, RN, surgical services, as the 2011 recipients of the PMC Nursing Excellence Awards.

The Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa.: To honor nurses, every nursing unit council prepared a display board highlighting achievements during the past year.

These boards were prominently displayed for staff, patients and visitors. An annual silent auction raised more than $2,000 with all proceeds going into the Nurses Education Fund.

Candygrams were available to send to nursing staff in recognition of a job well done.

In addition to every member of the nursing department receiving a gift, those working all shifts May 11 received a box lunch. On May 12, a cake was shared with hospital staff to recognize Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Nazareth Hospital, Northeast Philadelphia: Winners of the second annual Nursing Excellence Awards were honored May 6 by CEO Christina Fitz-Patrick, RN, MSN, and CNO/vice president of nursing Monica Eckhardt, RN, MSN.

Award winners, who were nominated by their peers, included Julie Reca, RN, telemetry unit, Award of Excellence in Nursing Practice; ED nurse Judy Parise, RN, Rising Star Award; Terry Nahill, RN, care management, Award for Advocacy; and Geri Moyer, RN, cath lab, Award for Nursing Leadership.

St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, N.J.: On May 11, St. Francis nurse Justine Sponziello, RN, was a guest speaker at a nursing celebration and told colleagues the inspirational story of how she became a kidney donor. Nursing Excellence Awards were presented to Alexis Koenig, RN, MSN, and Valerie Batezel, FNP, PhD.

Nominees for the awards also included RNs Pat Allen, Sherry Barlow, Natalie Johnson, Carol Landau, Claudette Maisonette and Patty Redler.

Lourdes Health System, Camden, N.J.: Clinical Excellence Awards were given by the health system to Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County RNs Tina Ash, Stefanie Bertini, Maricel Eleuterio, Roberta Huffman, Linda Makris, Maria Ramos, Anastasia Ritten, Beverly Soska, Noreen Swe and Heather Yurick, along with Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center RNs Relita Arabit, Estrelita Bagay, Beverly Bauers, Stephen Burek, Barbarann Cline, Eileen Cronin, Johanna Cruz, Christine Curran, Michelle Diorio, Kimberly Dougherty, Teresa Dromgoole, Diane Farrington, Regina Grazel, Bethan Grim, Lorraine Harris, Dawn Hindley, Christina Keck, Mary Jane Maloney, Maria Mariano, Marguerite McMichael, Tirso Quiachon, Rosemary Serock and Lisa Sundberg.

RNs Monica Shallow and Suzanne Lonza were among 14 nominees for the Nurse Support Award.

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