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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.