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Local healthcare facilities celebrate nurses

During National Nurse Week in May, Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NYU Langone/Hospital for Joint Diseases and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York honored nurses with special programs and awards ceremonies.

On May 9, nurses at Montefiore’s Moses, Einstein and Wakefield campuses were treated to a choral performance by nursing, social work and medical staff from all three campuses.

Elodia Mercier, RN, associate clinical director of nursing, Moses campus, hosted the Together in Harmony concert.

The choral group practiced every Friday for 10 weeks with choir director Cat Guthrie.

The chorus performed songs from South Africa and those performed by artists including Ziggy Marley and Ben E. King.

“Singing creates a bond, lowers your blood pressure and brings people together,” Guthrie said. The program was a collaboration between Montefiore’s division of nursing, human resources and the healing arts program.

NYU Langone/Hospital for Joint Diseases

NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases nursing administrators pose with honorees at the National Nurses Week event.

The NYU Langone/Hospital for Joint Diseases nurses week recruitment and retention committee sponsored an awards program for nurses May 6.

During the ceremony, Ann Vanderburg, MA, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, HJD’s vice president of nursing and patient care services, recapped some of nursing’s accomplishments during the past year.

Senior Vice President at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Musculoskeletal and Rusk Rehabilitation, David A. Dibner, FACHE, whose mother was a nurse, praised nurses for their excellent care reflected in the steadily increasing patient satisfaction scores, according to a news release. He also congratulated Vanderburg on her leadership in the nursing department.

Kimberly S. Glassman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president, patient care services and CNO, congratulated staff members on their innovative work.

“You continue to hit the numbers out of the park with certification,” she said. “You continue to do this for your patients, and we are very proud.”

Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Dawn Dowding, RN, provides the keynote speech during VNSNY’s nurse appreciation breakfast.

Nearly 800 nurses and senior leaders from across VNSNY attended a breakfast program at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

The gathering featured a keynote address by VNSNY’s Dawn Dowding, PhD, RN, professor of nursing at the Columbia University School of Nursing.

Her presentation, “Nurses Leading the Way — Leadership through Evidence-Based Practice,” offered a powerful perspective on this cutting-edge approach to clinical care delivery, according to a news release.

The program also included a conversation on transformational leadership between VNSNY President and CEO Mary Ann Christopher, MSN, RN, FAAN, and internationally known nurse educator Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Fagin discussed the importance of interpersonal competence and the difference between leadership and management. She also counseled nurses to hold fast to their identity as members of their beloved profession, according to the release.

“I tell everyone that I am an RN — a ’Real Nurse,’” she said in a news release.

VNSNY’s Nurse of the Year Award was presented to Erica Lizardi, BSN, RN-BC, a home care nurse in the Bronx.

Awards presented included nursing school scholarships to five local high school seniors, and Jonas Center scholarships to support the doctoral studies of VNSNY’s April Mercadante Feld, MS, RN, patient service manager, and Edward Williams, MS, RN, mental health NP.

VNSNY’s Liota Award to Promote Cultural Diversity in Nursing Leadership was presented to Toman Pang, BSN, RN-BC, MPA, a nurse with VNSNY Home Care in Manhattan. The Marren Leadership Award to Promote Evidence-Based Practice & Quality Improvement went to Iyabode Alfred, MSN, RN, director, intake operations.

Compiled by Tracey Boyd, regional reporter.

By | 2020-04-15T09:20:04-04:00 September 20th, 2014|Categories: New York/New Jersey Metro, Regional|0 Comments

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