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Saint Peter’s University Hospital Recognizes Outstanding Nurses During Nurses Week 2021

June 28, 2021

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Recognizes Outstanding Nurses During Nurses Week 2021
New Brunswick, N.J. – June 28, 2021 –Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, paid homage to its outstanding nursing staff during a special awards ceremony held to mark Nurses Week 2021 last month. While the COVID-19 pandemic brought unforeseen challenges to healthcare workers everywhere, nurses were especially impacted, serving on the front lines and facing extreme stress, yet always responding with grace and determination. The ceremony included special remarks by Leslie Hirsch, FACHE, president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, and Linda Carroll, MSN, RN-BC, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer.
 
“While 2020 was a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our nurses were relentless in their efforts to always provide the highest level of safety and quality patient care – truly delivering on Saint Peter’s Catholic mission and culture of excellence. During this time, Saint Peter’s achieved Magnet® designation for the sixth consecutive time, making it one of only five hospitals worldwide to attain this prestigious designation. The compassion, dedication and resiliency of our staff is the foundation of nursing excellence at Saint Peter’s Healthcare System,” said Hirsch.
The 2021 Eleanor Higgins Link Award was presented to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Eleanor Higgins Link Nursing Award was established by a generous gift from the George Link, Jr. Charitable Trust to honor Eleanor’s contributions to nursing. This award is presented annually to an inpatient nursing unit recognizing its outstanding commitment to providing the highest quality care to patients and their families. During the pandemic, the NICU team went above and beyond to keep parents virtually connected to their babies while maintaining a safe environment.
 
The Rosie Tchorz Award is presented to an outstanding nurse who has made a significant positive impact on patient care at Saint Peter’s. This year’s recipient, Tracey Mulqueen, BSN, CEN, works in Saint Peter’s Emergency Department, providing valuable insights to incoming nurses which is evident to those newcomers who have learned so much from her. Tracey’s dedication to the community at large is evident beyond her direct interaction with patient care. In a quiet, unassuming manner, she often identifies families that have social or financial needs, pro-actively seeking resources and solutions to get them the medical care they need. She is a role model embodying the tenets of service that include leadership, advocacy, education and mentorship.
 
Marilyn Bondad, BSN, RNC-LRN was this year’s recipient of the Nursing Mentor Award, a recognition that spotlights a nurse that has served as an active participant in Saint Peter’s mentoring program, stewarding new staff members through the introductory employment period. Marilyn has been a preceptor to countless nurses and those who have benefitted from her counsel have described her as a “trusted advisor, one who shares insights gained through years of experience, and an enthusiastic ally.”
 
Saint Peter’s is home to the world’s first potentially life-saving global Phase I drug trial for a rare and lethal genetic disease thanks to nurse Daniela Silva, MSN, CCRN, RN, this year’s Nursing Research Award recipient. Knowing that a pediatric patient with a fatal genetic condition faced a very bleak prognosis, Daniela proactively explored all avenues that might lead her to clinical research with the possibility of improving the patient’s developmental potential and life expectancy. It was part of this dogged determination that led the team from Saint Peter’s Department of Medical Genetics and Genomic Medicine to a clinical-stage genetic medicines company focused on developing transformative therapies for rare, single-gene central nervous system (CNS) disorders. The potentially life-changing treatment has worldwide implications for the child being treated at Saint Peter’s and for any child with this rare genetic disorder.
 
Matthew DelaCruz, BSN, RN, was recognized with the hospital’s First Year Award, presented to a nurse new to Saint Peter’s, but who demonstrates enthusiasm and excellence in the delivery of patient care as demonstrated by his or her support for the Five Models of Magnet: transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical quality results. Even in the midst of the pandemic, Matthew’s enthusiasm did not waver. He developed quickly and embraced his profession with positivity. Offering to change shifts or float as needed, Matthew’s compassion and commitment have been recognized in surveys and during rounds.
 
The Collaborative Nurse Award is presented to the nurse who goes above and beyond bedside nursing to better the patient experience inside and outside the hospital. Jill Kirk, BSN, RN-BC, CIC, from the infection Control Department is this year’s honoree. She has been an essential part of the infectious disease practice team, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Making rounds to ensure staff is appropriately practicing infection prevention, she educates and teaches necessary protocols to ensure patient safety as well as that of her fellow staff members.
 
Adenike Adesiyakan, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, RN, was honored with the Advance Practice Nurse (APN) Award, which is given to an APN who is considered an expert clinician and serves in the role of mentor and consultant utilizing evidence-based practice and nursing/clinical research to provide patient care. Adenike collaborates with other nursing professionals to deliver positive patient outcomes. Praised for her ability to evaluate patient feedback, she’s been an invaluable educator to her colleagues, especially in situations that require the ability to asses life-threatening conditions.
 
The 2021 Nurse Manger Award was presented to Linda Vance, BSN, COHN-S/CM, RN, of Employee Health. The Nurse Manager Award is presented to the manager who demonstrates a high level of leadership by redesigning her department and team to meet the various health challenges of 2020. Not only did Linda coordinate a pandemic response with limited resources and staff, but she continued her usual responsibilities that include maintaining health needs and compliance for the 3,000-plus employees at Saint Peter’s. She has worked tirelessly to meet the unforeseen challenges of the pandemic and when the vaccine became available, coordinated the establishment of the vaccination clinics, a task that required a 7-day-a-week commitment. 
 
Lindsey Jandoli, BSN, CEN, RN, was honored with the Aspiring Nurse Leader Award. As a great role model, mentor and friend, Lindsey displayed exceptional leadership as an assistant nurse manager, going above and beyond to ensure her staff felt supported. She is active on many committees including chair of the Professional Practice Council for two years and recently gave a terrific presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau annual conference on Creating Healthy Working environments.
 
Shannon Kane, BSN, RN, is this year’s recipient of nursing’s Community Service Award, presented to a nurse who has dedicated the last four years to volunteering her free time to medical mission work. Through her experiences in the Dominican Republic, Shannon realized that her passion was in public health nursing. For the last three years she has paid for a young girl to attend school, something that would not have been possible without her assistance. In the U.S., Shannon participates in annual fundraising walks for Sister to Sister, a battered women’s shelter and support for breast cancer patients. In her spare time, she organized a nutritional and health program to mentor the middle school students in her local community and took it upon herself to organize donations of Thanksgiving food baskets during the pandemic.
 
Saint Peter’s Lifetime Achievement Award honored Rosalina Calivo, BSN, CCRN, RN, who works in the Adult Intensive Care Unit. The award is presented to a nurse who demonstrates excellence in the delivery of patient care and has a long-standing commitment to Saint Peter’s as exemplified by a long and distinguished tenure of service. Rosalina has been at Saint Peter’s for 29 years and is highly respected by her colleagues for her clinical experience, adeptness as a communicator and overall team player. She is a true leader in the nursing profession who actively engages in the professional development of her unit and is a staunch advocate on behalf of her staff and patients.
 
The Team Award is given to a team that has implemented a program, process and/or a redesign that has resulted in a positive change in clinical outcome or service excellence. This year’s award was presented to the Mother/Baby Unit, whose nursing staff stepped up by being reassigned to other units supporting the staff when patient volume was high during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mother/Baby Unit also implemented the Wellness Warrior and Lactation Warrior program to increase the patient satisfaction rates and breastfeeding rates.
 
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.
 

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