LI Nurses Recognized for Excellence

(Hauppauge, NY... May 25, 2011) Nurse leaders from Long Island's hospitals and nursing education programs gathered Wednesday, May 18, 2011 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 was nominated for this award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and clinical practice. Deans of area nursing schools also submitted nominations recognizing nursing excellence in education and for the first time ever the top recognition went to a nurse educator.

St. James resident and Suffolk County Community College full professor of nursing Lisa Quinones, RNC, MS, OGNP, ANP, ICCE, who specializes in teaching and practicing maternal/child health nursing, took the top honor as Long Island's "Nurse of Excellence." She was selected from a field of more than 500 nurses at hospitals and teaching institutions from across Long Island.

Professor Quinones considers herself to be a humanitarian because she says she teaches "compassion, sensitivity, the human touch, communication, and caring interventions." She has brought this philosophy around the world to such countries as the Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, and Panama where she has taught nursing skills to indigenous populations through the Hope for a Healthier Humanity Program. In 2010, she addressed the World Health Alliance at the United Nations regarding maternal/infant issues and goals for better health outcomes.

Nominator Frances LaFauci, RN, Ed.D, associate dean at Suffolk Community College, describes Prof. Quinines as "uplifting" and "a role model for faculty and students who has brought our nursing program to a new level of international service and awareness."

The Hospital Council's annual salute to nurses is fashioned after the New York State Legislature's Nurse of Distinction Program that ended in 1995. NSHC is one of the few hospital associations in the state to continue this program voluntarily. It is now in its 16th year. The NSHC represents Long Island's not-for-profit and public hospitals.

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From left: Patricia Darcy, MS, RN-BC-NE, Chief Nursing Officer and VP of Patient Care Services at Southampton Hospital and Chair of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Nurse Executives Committee; 2011 Nurse of Excellence Winner Lisa Quinones, RNC, MS, OGNP, ANP, ICCE; and Frances LaFauci, RN, Ed.D, Associate Dean/Professor of Nursing, Suffolk County Community College.

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