Nurse of Distinction Awards

NOD winners 2013On May 13, more than 650 guests gathered at the Marriott-Brooklyn Bridge to salute the 68 nurses nominated for awards at the Tenth Annual Nurse of Distinction Awards. Leaders from 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York, the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds and members of the Nurse of Distinction planning committee – representing both the Union and management – were on hand to honor the award winners and nominees for their commitment to the nursing profession. Nurses representing 23 hospitals and nursing homes in New York City, Long Island, and upstate New York were presented awards in five categories: Nurse of Distinction in a Hospital Setting, Nurse of Distinction in a Nursing Home Setting, Novice Nurse, Nurse Preceptor, and Nurse Leader. “It’s so exciting to watch a nurse step onto the stage and be recognized and applauded for their good work,” said Clare Thompson, RN, Vice President and Area Director, 1199SEIU RN Division. “It’s a night for the nurses. It’s a beautiful thing.”

A result of the collective bargaining agreement between the 1199SEIU RN Division and the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York, the Nurse of Distinction Awards honor peer-nominated Registered Nurses for outstanding achievement and commitment to patient-centered care. With the implementation of the health law, the culture of care recognized by the nursing awards is fast becoming the national standard, and the labor-management partnership that makes the awards possible illustrates how nurses, and patients, benefit from effective collaboration. “We’ve accomplished a lot of wonderful things in the last 10 years,” said Bruce McIver, president of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York. “And those accomplishments help the nurses in all the hospitals represented here – and at all the healthcare facilities in the city – make quality care in New York City what it is today.”

The following awards were given:

Nurse of Distinction in a Hospital Setting
Iona Folkes, RN – St. John’s Episcopal Hospital

First runner-up:
Tracie Newkirk, RN – Orange Regional Medical Center

Second runner-up:
Keisha Ballentine, RN – NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases

Nurse of Distinction in a Nursing Home Setting
June Enniss, RN – CenterLight Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation

Nurse Leader
Eva Edwards, RN – Orange Regional Medical Center

Nurse Preceptor
Lorraine Munoz-Cuadrado, RN – Forest Hills Hospital of the North Shore-LIJ Health System

Novice Nurse
Stefanie Zisholtz, RN – Beth Israel Medical Center/Petrie Division