NEW YORK NURSE: June 2009
Erie County Medical Center nurses Amy Toy and Nancy Kuebler were recently nominated as nurses of the month – both were featured in the facility’s springtime issue of its own newsletter, Pulse. Toy was described as “clinically strong, professional and has an outstanding work ethic. She is a Bedside Medication Verification Super-user (BMV), and easily helps others by ensuring quality is maintained… she is also an excellent preceptor and received high accolades from students and nurses alike.” Keubler, who works in ambulatory care, was praised for being “caring and compassionate. Patients are always glad to see her and greet her by name as if they are friends… always warm, friendly and quick to offer a hand, she is self-motivated and efficient and dedicated to patients, co-workers and physicians.”
Diane Tuttle, an assistant nursing care coordinator in the Children’s Surgery Center at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, was interviewed for a full-page feature published during Nurses Week in the Middletown Times Herald-Record. Tuttle, a 27-year veteran of nursing, praised the dedication of her colleagues and the family-centered care they provide in a friendly environment. Tuttle’s husband, Ken, is also an RN at WMC. Tuttle concluded, “My mother encouraged me to pursue a nursing career. She thought I had the right personality for it. I have to say, “Thanks Mom, I cannot imagine a more rewarding profession.”
Vanessa Hanley, head nurse and health educator at Kings County Hospital, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Nurse Advisory Panel for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The panel acts as a formal body to provide OASAS with expert advice in regard to nursing issues and their impact on additions and public policy. Hanley attended her first NYSNA convention in 1998, and was inspired to become more involved in her professional association. She since served as a member of NYSNA’s Delegate Assembly, and on the Kings County Hospital Nurse Practice and labor/management committees. She was a 2007 inductee to NYSNA’s Leadership Institute, which honors members for outstanding service to NYSNA.