Applications for all of these awards are available through the District 1 Office.
This is the 20th 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’s award was presented to Eileen Nahigian, DNS, RN. Dr. Nahigian was honored for her role modeling, leadership and innovations in nursing during her 50 year career as a registered nurse. Dr. Nahigian is currently in an administrative role at D’Youville College School of Nursing.
Nominees for 2013 Nurse of Distinction:
Kristine Anderson, RN - The McGuire Group
Nanette Bartkowiak, RN - The Primary Connection, Independent Health
Mary Brown, RN - Kaleida Health - Degraff Memorial Hospital
Nancy Bujnicki, RN - Kaleida Health - Women & Children’s Hospital
Deborah Coplin-Hall, RN - Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Donna Fabry, RN - University at Buffalo School of Nursing
Mary Beth Farruggio, RN - Kaleida Health, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Diane Gambacorta, RN - Kaleida Health, Visiting Nurses Association of WNY
Celeste Jakubowski, RN - Catholic Health, Sisters of Charity, St. Joseph Campus
Patricia Matlock, RN - Trocaire College
Sonja Melvin, RN - Erie County Medical Center
Sarah Moore, RN - Health Force
Colleen Murphy, RN - VA Western NY Healthcare System
Kristen Parisi, RN - Catholic Health, Kenmore Mercy Hospital
Sandra Pidanick, RN - Catholic Health, Continuing Care
Jennifer Ruggles, RN - Olean General Hospital
Tammy Smith, RN - Catholic Health, McAuley Seton Home Care
Sarah Swenson, RN - Willcare
Joan Vetter, RN - Catholic Health, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
Theresa Winner, RN - Catholic Health, Sisters of Charity, Main Street Campus
Cynthia Wittwer, RN - Independent Health
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 2013 recipient is Jacqueline Ball, RN. She is employed by Sisters of Charity Hospital in the NICU department. She is a great role model and practices family centered care while creating an atmosphere supportive of parents as well as infants. She works with clinical excellence, reverence and respect to the most vulnerable patients. She is also dedicated to training new staff as a preceptor and mentor. Ms. Ball has organized and created a program called Cuddlers to ensure infants receive love and comfort even when parents may be unavailable.
Nominees for 2013 Outstanding Staff Nurse:
Kathleen Anibaldi, RN - Kaleida Health Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Joan Canzoneri, RN - VA Western New York Healthcare System at Buffalo
Denise Czyrny, R N - Kaleida Health DeGraff Memorial Hospital
Rita DeLotto, RN - Kaleida Health Womens & Childrens Hospital of Buffalo
Carol Heverin, RN - Kaleida Health DeGraff Memorial Skilled Nursing Facility
Amy Klopp, RN - Kaleida Health Buffalo General Medical Center/ Gates Vascular Institute
Aaron Lange, RN - Catholic Health, Kenmore Mercy Hospital
Janice Maggio, RN - Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Daniel McCartan, RN - Erie County Medical Center
Sue Metzen, RN - Catholic Health, Sisters of Charity Hospital Main Street Campus
Kimberly Morlock, RN - Willcare
Nicole Piasecki, RN - Catholic Health, Sisters of Charity Hospital St. Joseph Campus
Lisa Stevens, RN- Kaleida Health HighPointe on Michigan