NEW YORK NURSE: June 2013
The medical staff of Samaritan Medical Center (SMC) in Watertown recently honored its nurses, in what has become an annual event to strengthen the important relationship they share. Timed to coincide with Nurses’ Week, the Medical Center and its medical staff hosted a reception and award presentation to recognize outstanding achievements by nursing professionals. Physicians, employees and trustees were invited to make nominations based on the nurses’ contributions to the professional practice of nursing in the areas of quality and safety; education and mentorship; leadership; excellence in nursing practice; innovation and leading change, and a ‘Rookie of the Year’ category.
Dr. James Kellogg Jr. of SMC’s Department of Medicine said, “We have an incredibly gifted, committed, wonderful nursing staff at Samaritan…as physicians, we work side by side with our nurses and witness their dedication each day. Any opportunity to strengthen fellowship and teamwork among doctors and nurses will ultimately be to the benefit of our patients.” A total of 63 nurses were nominated, and eight were chosen by the selection committee as the 2013 recipients.
Five of those honorees are NYSNA members, with a shared nursing experience totaling more than 108 years at SMC: Gerald Chamberlain of the Progressive Care Unit received the Education and Mentorship Award; Bobbie Bragger, 5-Pratt Medical/Surgical Unit, Karen Jobson, Emergency Department, and Ann Millard, SKH 5th Floor all received the Excellence in Nursing Practice award; and Wendy Casler, Inpatient Mental Health, received the Rookie of the Year award.
The other awardees were Bonnie Trudeau – Leadership Award, Jeff Jones – Innovation and Leading Change Award, and Theresa Quintin – Quality & Safety.
Hi, my name is Joe Gonzalez. I’m an RN at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. I currently work on 9G – the Detox/Rehab unit at the Roosevelt site.
I was very motivated to become involved in NYSNA’s union after my floor, Clark 6 — a Detoxification Unit at the St. Luke’s Hospital site — was abruptly closed during Storm Sandy, under the guise that beds were needed for patients that were coming from other hospitals being closed due to the storm. I was also motivated to run for office because of the current negotiations surrounding Continuum Health Partners and Mount Sinai’s possible merger/acquisition, and the potential for adverse ramifications to the communities involved, and the nurses employed by those facilities.
The unit — Clark 6 — never received the expected influx of patients and never reopened. It remains closed to this day, nine months later.
I ran for Co-President on Roosevelt Hospital’s NYSNA Executive Committee and won! This is my first union position after being a nurse for twenty years, and I’m so motivated to be a part of the movement to help strengthen our union!