Smithtown, New York—Nurse leaders from Long Island’s hospitals and nursing education programs gathered Wednesday, May 22, 2013 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.
St. James resident Catherine Videtto, RN, RN, MSN, CCRN, ANP, CPHQ, the stroke program coordinator at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, , rose above a field of 25 nominees. Those nominees were selected from a field of about 500 nurses at hospitals and teaching institutions from across Long Island. Mrs. Videtto is considered a pioneer regarding the disease process of stroke and is credited with St. Catherine’s attainment of the New York State Department of Health Stroke Certification and The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification for Stroke – both with no recommendations for improvement. She regularly presents at and organizes stroke management conferences and research symposia. In 2009, the New York State Senate named her a Woman of Distinction for her achievements, pursuit of higher goals, and mentorship.
“Nurses will see their leadership roles expand because of reforms inherent in the Affordable Care Act,” said Paul Connor, chair of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council board of directors and CEO of Eastern Long Island Hospital. “In addition, they will be called to fill the gap of primary care services, as insurance coverage expands under reform and as baby boomers age… there is a level of comfort going into the future knowing a nurse will always be there.”
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 18th year. The NSHC represents Long Island’s not-for-profit and public hospitals.