On Dec. 9, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses New York Chapter held its sixth annual scholarship awards gala at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach, N.Y.
The evening’s mistress of ceremonies, Karen Hoyos, an international speaker, humanitarian, author and advocate of global change, began the evening with a story recalling how a nurse was instrumental in the care and recovery of her ill newborn son, sparking a lifelong appreciation for nurses. She also thanked NAHN-NY president Maria Elena Pina-Fonti, RN, MA, and the organization for their service to the hispanic community. “Service is the No. 1 value and that’s what your organization does,” she said.Nurse.com Nursing Spectrum’s Jean Scheuer, vice president of advertising for New York, New Jersey and New England, far left, congratulates NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases staff. The staff included, from left, Ellen Heasley, director of nursing recruitment at NYU Tisch; Althea L. Mighten, RN, director of nursing education and recruitment, NYUHJD; Jacqueline Varela, RN, NP, NYUHJD; Olga Husbands, RN, NP and nurse manager for operations, NYUHJD; Melissa McIntyre-Huggins, nursing recruiter, NYUHJD; Imelda Principe, nurse educator, NYUHJD; Cellandia Bart, RN, NP at NYUHJD; and Sidale Bart, RN, recovery room staff nurse, NYUHJD.
To show her appreciation to the board members, Pina-Fonti presented them with a pin for their hard work throughout the year. She also accepted a citation from Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-51, offering congratulations on another successful year.
Honors were given throughout the evening. Joan Marren, RN, MA, MEd, chief operating officer at Visiting Nurse Service of New York, received the Dr. Ildaura Murillo-Rohde Nursing Leadership Award; Sharon Voytush, RN, MS, executive director, and William Morrison, communications director, both of the Beth Israel Latino Institute, received the NAHN-NY Chapter Community Service Award; and Linda Reid, BA, director of workforce planning diversity, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, received the NAHN-NY Chapter Community Advocacy Award. Althea Mighten, APRN, EdD, BC, director of nursing education and recruitment at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, accepted the Institution of the Year Award on behalf of the facility.NAHN-NY President Maria Elena Pina-Fonti, RN, left, reads from the brochure as VNSNY’s Joan Marren, RN, listens.
Ildaura Murillo-Rohde Nursing Scholarships were awarded to Erika McNeal, RN/BSN candidate, Mercy College; Evelyn Rosario, dual degree BSN/MSN candidate, New York University; Kenneth Narvaez, BSN candidate, Long Island University; and Maria Beltran, RN, BSN, nurse practitioner candidate, York College, City University of New York. This was the first year NAHN-NY awarded a scholarship for advanced nursing practice.
El Teatro Rodante Hispanico, a hispanic dance troupe, provided the dance entertainment for the evening.