Each year at the Annual Awards Banquet in June, the Professional Nurses Association of Western New York confers the following awards:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD
The Board of Directors Award is awarded to someone or organization outside of the nursing profession who contributes significantly to the profession by their actions. This year’s award was presented to Joseph DeMarco of Wings Flights of Hope. Wings Flights of Hope was chosen because they provide free flights to those with medical conditions necessitating out of town medical care. They bring hope to patients and families in WNY donating the considerable resources required for air travel without any compensation, helping to remove stressors from these families at a time when it means so much.
RUTH T. MCGROREY AWARD
The Ruth T. McGrorey Award is the Professional Nurses Association of WNY’s most prestigious award and honors an active, contributing member of our Association who is innovative in his/her area of nursing practice, has published or presented professional programs, has made a general impact on nursing practice, research or education and as a representative of nursing is active in relating to a variety of professional and community groups. The award this year was presented to Mimi Haskins, MS, RN, CNS, CMSRN and was nominated by Grace Dean, PhD, RN of University at Buffalo School of Nursing.
NURSE OF DISTINCTION AWARD & NURSE OF DISTINCTION IN EDUCATION AWARD
Nurse of Distinction Awards - - this award is cosponsored by the Buffalo News - the recipients receive a plaque and $500. This is the 21st year that The Buffalo News has co-sponsored our Nurse of Distinction Award. The award honors a RN who has made outstanding contributions to the nursing profession, has demonstrated leadership that provides a role model to inspire other nurses to improve, and participates in activities that foster a positive public image of nursing as a profession. This year we also introduced presented a Nurse of Distinction in Education Award to a top nurse educator in the WNY area.
The Nurse of Distinction in Education award was presented to Jessica Castner, RN, PhD. Dr. Castner was honored for demonstrating exemplary and trailblazing success in her nursing education efforts. Dr. Castner is currently an Assistant Professor at University at Buffalo School of Nursing.
Nominees for 2014 Nurse of Distinction in Education
Martha Bronstein, RN - Trocaire College
Jessica Castner, RN - University at Buffalo School of Nursing
Sandra Englert, RN - D’Youville College School of Nursing
The Nurse of Distinction award was presented to Diane Ceravolo, RN, MS from Catholic Health System, Sisters of Charity Hospital. Ms. Ceravolo was honored for being an advocate for nurses, promoting effective communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, bedside leadership and advocacy. Diane is a champion for nurses and nursing in WNY.
Nominees for 2014 Nurse of Distinction:
Diane Barbour, RN - Kaleida Health - Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Deborah Brownsey, RN - Kaleida Health - Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute
Charlene Carlson-Heitman, RN - Department of Neurology, University at Buffalo School of Medicine
Christine Cassert, RN - Mount St. Mary’s Hospital
Diane Ceravolo, RN - Catholic Health – Sisters of Charity Hospital
Tanya Chludzinski, RN - Kaleida Health - Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
Nancy Chojecki, RN - Catholic Health -Kenmore Mercy Hospital
Susan Connors, RN - Catholic Health - Father Baker Manor
Melissa Gambini, RN - Catholic Health – McAuley Seton Home Care
Kathleen Guarino, RN - Catholic Health - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Laurie Haight, RN - Eastern Niagara Hospital - Newfane Site
Julie Hepker, RN - Olean General Hospital
Molly Maigret, RN - Eastern Niagara Hospital - Lockport Site
Theresa McNamara-Beatty, RN - Kaleida Health—DeGraff Memorial Hospital
Pamela Paplham, RN - Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Amy Schleer, RN - Seneca Health Care Center/The McGuire Group
Mary Molly Shea, RN - Erie County Medical Center
Christina Stacey, RN - Kaleida Health - Visiting Nurses Association of WNY, Inc.
Sandy Stumpf, RN - Willcare
Mary Swygert, RN - Baker Victory Services
Kathleen Vertino, RN - VA Western NY Healthcare System, Buffalo
OUTSTANDING STAFF NURSE AWARD
The Outstanding Staff Nurse Award is given to a current member of the Professional Nurses Association of WNY who has a minimum of 3 years experience as a staff nurse and provides exceptional direct patient care within nursing standards.
The 2014 recipient is Cheryl Roosevelt, RN at VA Western New York Health System, Buffalo. Ms. Roosevelt demonstrates clinical excellence as a RN staff nurse, providing, guiding and directing the delivery of patient care. Ms. Roosevelt has a positive impact on the frontlines of the Buffalo Primary Care team as a staff nurse delivering care to our nation’s veterans. She serves as a source of clinical excellence in nursing practice, as a nurse leader, and as a team player.
Nominees for 2014 Outstanding Staff Nurse:
Melissa Caldwell, RN - Catholic Health - Kenmore Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Megan Cheyne, RN - Catholic Health - Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Carrie Elliott, RN - Kaleida Health - Visiting Nurses Association of WNY, Inc.
Lynne Golombek, RN - Erie County Medical Center
Nicole Johnson, RN - Catholic Health – Sisters of Charity Hospital St. Joseph Campus
Pamela Knaszak, RN - Kaleida Health - Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute
Mary (Mollie) Lang, RN - Catholic Health – Sisters of Charity Hospital Main Street Campus
Cynthia Latimore, RN - Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Marilyn Meyers, RN - Kaleida Health - Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Mary Jo Newell, RN - Kaleida Health - Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Lucy Nicpon-Burns, RN - Kaleida Health - DeGraff Memorial Hospital
Amy Peterson, RN - Catholic Health – Sisters of Charity Hospital Main Street Campus
Cheryl Roosevelt, RN - VA Western NY Healthcare System, Buffalo
Barbara Sokolowski, RN - Kaleida Health - DeGraff Memorial Skilled Nursing Facility
Michele Stoll, RN - Kaleida Health - Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
NURSING SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Nursing Scholarship Awards - assists students with monetary awards and provides a one year complementary associate membership to recipients who are currently matriculated in an accredited school of nursing within the geographic boundaries of the Professional Nurses Association of WNY. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as well as scholastic and clinical ability as verified by a copy of transcripts and letters of recommendation from two members of the nursing facility.
The 2014 Scholarship Awardees were:
Danielle Hahn - Niagara County Community College
Jaclyn Szeluga - Niagara County Community College
Tricia Witter - Niagara University
Applications for all of these awards are available through the Professional Nurses Association of WNY Office.