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New York nurse wins national GEM Award

Jill Goldstein, RN, MA, MS, who serves as vice president, Congregate Care, at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York City, was announced Oct. 7 as one of six national winners of the 2013 Nursing Excellence GEM Awards.

The GEM Awards, which stands for Giving Excellence Meaning, were awarded regionally earlier this year.

Goldstein was honored as the New York/New Jersey region winner in the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category on June 5 in Teaneck, N.J.

A group of 60 regional winners were entered into the national competition, which was reviewed and voted on by national advisory board members and other nurse executives from around the country.

Goldstein will receive her national GEM Award during a future celebration event at her facility hosted by

Goldstein and the other five national winners will be profiled in’s Nov. 11 print edition and online.

Other 2013 national winners, by category, include the following:

Advancing and Leading the Profession
Paula R. Graling, RN, DNP, CNOR, CNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, PeriOperative Services
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
Falls Church, Va.

Clinical Nursing, Inpatient
Julie Cronin
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Massachusetts General Hospital

Education and Mentorship
Joan Insalaco Warren, RN-BC, PhD, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing Research
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Patient and Staff Management
Betty A. Venth, RN, MSN, BSN, BC
Flight Commander, Family Health
U.S Air Force Base
Luke, Ariz.

Volunteerism and Service
Salpy Akaragian, RN-BC, MN
Director, International and Nurse Credentialing
UCLA Health
Los Angeles

Below is coverage of Goldstein’s recognition at the regional event, which was written by’s Tracey Boyd, who serves as a regional reporter.

Home, Community and Ambulatory Care
Jill Goldstein
Vice president, Congregate Care
Visiting Nurse Service of New York,
New York City

Goldstein said her nomination for a GEM Award was “totally unexpected.” The winner in the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category, Goldstein said she doesn’t take the responsibility of being named the winner lightly.

“I pride myself in this and set the best authentic example every day,” she said. “I’m committed to coaching and mentoring nurses to contribute to shaping our future nurses and paying this prestigious award forward.”

She high-fived the rest of the winners before taking the stage and congratulating her fellow nominees.

“First, I’d like to request a round of applause for everyone in this category,” she said. “It is a privilege to be among you and to be a nurse. I am most humbled.”

In her role at VNSNY, Goldstein oversees the daily care of about 2,000 patients who are elderly, disabled and mentally ill. During Superstorm Sandy, she took her dedication a step further by using her exceptional organizational and managerial skills to lead multidisciplinary teams of staff in their care of residents in the hardest hit areas of New York City, all while continuing to perform her regular duties. A true believer in the word “team,” Goldstein doesn’t neglect to recognize those who were there with her.

“I sincerely share this recognition with my colleagues across the organization for jobs done above and beyond the call of duty,” she said.

Of her honor, Goldstein said she is extremely grateful to be recognized. “I was humbled to be recognized in this category with four other outstanding and most deserving colleagues from New York and New Jersey,” she said. “I was overjoyed to have 20-plus VNSNY leadership and field staff, my mother, father, brother, and partner of 23 years in attendance [and taking] part in this achievement with me.”

Goldstein also spoke highly of VNSNY President and CEO Mary Ann Christopher, RN, MSN, FAAN, who nominated her for the award, and credits Christopher’s “bold nursing leadership” as a reason for Goldstein being able to perform the work she does.

“I am so proud to be practicing as a registered nurse for 27 years, extraordinarily fortunate to be recognized by my nursing peers, and the Gannett organization, and extremely privileged to work for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York,” she said. “No matter what field of nursing we’ve specialized in, each of us has an opportunity to lead.”

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