NEW YORK NURSE: December 2008
Nancy Watson has been chosen the 2008 Hartford Geriatric Nursing Faculty Champion by the American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN) in collaboration with the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing and New York University. The national awards program, now in its 11th year, recognizes nurse faculty and baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs that encourage the highest standards of gerontological nursing education. Watson, founding director of the Elaine C. Hubbard Center for Nursing Research on Aging at the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing, was lauded for “driving geronotological curricular change at the University of Rochester, creating new solutions to prepare adult nurse practitioners to care for their geriatric patients, and reopening the school’s GNP program. She enlists all disciplines and is widely respected by colleagues in and outside the school of nursing as the ‘go to’ person for tackling geriatric nursing care challenges.”
Bader Peters Reynolds, vice president and chief operating officer of CareGivers Home Health Care Agency, was elected chairperson of the Board of Directors for the New York State Association of Health Care Providers (NYSHCP) at its annual meeting in October. The NYSHCP is a trade association representing more than 500 licensed home care programs, hospices, and health-related organizations across the state. Reynolds serves as an adjunct faculty member of SUNY Institute of Technology’s Nursing Program and is an auxiliary member of the New York State Board for Nursing. She has served in the past on NYSNA’s councils of Nursing Practice and Legislation and the Community Health Clinical Practice Unit. She is a member of the Iota Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and serves on the Utica College Nursing Advisory Board.
Madison County employees Adah Vaughn and Nicole Murphy were recently recognized by the Madison County Board of Supervisors for their long and dedicated service. Murphy, a clinical field coordinator, and Vaughn, a community health nurse, are both employed by the county’s Department of Public Health and have 10 and 20 years of service respectively. The board chairman presented them with letters of recognition, Madison County lapel pins, and engraved pens. The recognition ceremony was held over three days and honored 52 Madison County employees with 900 years of combined service in 14 different departments.
Tina Gerardi, NYSNA CEO and a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh’s nursing program, returned to the campus at the invitation of the school’s Distinguished Visiting Alumni (DVA) program to meet with students, sit in on classes, and discuss her career in nursing and administration. The school’s DVA program brings back to campus alumni who have made significant contributions in their fields to meet with current students, share their experiences, and provide networking opportunities. Gerardi delivered a public presentation, “Contemporary Issues in Nursing: The Educational Advancement Proposal.” She received a framed certificate honoring her accomplishments.
New York Nurse, the official publication of the New York State Nurses Association, recently received several awards for its editorial content and design.
The 2008 award for Best Newsletter was presented to the NYSNA Communications Department by the New York Capital Region Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
New York Nurse also received the third-level award for general excellence in publications for local unions of 20,000 members or more from the International Labor Communications Association at its 2008 Labor Media Awards event in Washington, D.C. Art director Kerri Posson received a second-level award for best publication design.
The book honoring the golden anniversary of NYSNA’s collective bargaining program, 50 Years of Collective Bargaining: Nurses Representing Nurses received a second-level award from the ILCA for editorial excellence in a non-periodical special publication.