As part of a ceremony themed “Nursing: Advancing the Profession through Education,” four local nurses were honored at the Rockland County Nurse Recognition Day program hosted by Nyack (N.Y.) College on May 15.
Excellence in Practice awards at the staff nurse level were presented to Lalu George, RN, Rockland Psychiatric Center, Orangeburg; Miria Prasad-Philip, RN, Helen Hayes Hospital, West Haverstraw; and Mareena Johnson, RN, Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern.
Veronica Barton, RN, Good Samaritan, received the Excellence in Practice Administrator Award. In addition, $250 scholarships were awarded to nursing students at three levels. Scholarships were given at the high school level to Julie Halsberma, who will study at Nyack College; BSN candidate Elizabeth Mathew of Dominican College in Orangeburg; and MSN candidate Joan Patricia Buchholz, also of Dominican.
Una Hopkins, RN, DNP, FNP-BC, administrative director of the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center at White Plains Hospital, was the speaker for the event. Hopkins is the administrator of the clinical trials research program at the Dickstein Center and a member of the cancer care advisory committee.
Nurse Recognition Day is conducted as part of National Nurses Week, and is held every year to raise public awareness of the value and significance of nursing. •