Southampton, NY—Nurse leaders from Long Island’s hospitals and nursing education programs gathered last month at the Woodbury Country Club to bestow recognition upon their nurse peers at the Nurse of Excellence Award Ceremony hosted by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC). One nurse from each of the Hospital Council’s member hospitals and area nursing schools was nominated for this award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and clinical practice, and excellence in education. Southampton Hospital’s Clinical Coordinator of Palliative Care, Jane Edelman, RN, OCN, CBCN, NC-BC, was in the field of 25 nominees selected from a more than 500 nurses at hospitals and teaching institutions across Long Island. “In the hospital, nurses do the heavy lifting,” said Alan Guerci MD, chair of the NSHC Council and CEO of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. “Nurses make contributions to diagnostics and therapeutics and much of patient healing occurs because of the hard work of nurses.” NSHC is one of the few hospital associations in the state to continue this voluntary recognition program, now in its 20th year.
(l. to r.) Valerie Terzano RN, member of the Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC) Nurse of Excellence Subcommittee and Chief Nursing Officer, Senior Vice President of Nursing, Winthrop-University Hospital; Eileen Newell, RN, Director of Nursing Professional Development at Southampton Hospital; 2015 Southampton Hospital Nurse of Excellence Nominee Jane Edelman, RN, OCN, CBCN, NC-BC, Clinical Coordinator of Palliative Care; and Gara Edelstein RN, Chairperson of the NSHC Nurse Executive Committee and Senior Vice President Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center.