Third annual Fall Nursing Awards presented

Sherry Kwater, interim chief nursing officer, presented 17 Penn State Hershey Medical Center nurses with scholarships and awards at the third annual fall awards luncheon held in November.

Nine nurses received the Elizabeth Powers Carlino Nursing Excellence Scholarship award to support their professional career growth through the pursuit of higher education in an accredited nursing program.

James Bennett, nurse manager, fourth floor, Surgical Acute Care
Mim Campos, nurse manager, Dialysis and Endoscopy
Lynn Doherty, nurse manager, Emergency Department
Cynthia Gordner, staff nurse, Pediatric Endocrinology
Rebecca Miller, clinical research specialist, Hem/Onc Clinical Trials
Kelly Peterson, staff nurse, Women’s Health
Judy Rapp, RN, clinical head nurse, Main Operating Room
Shannon Ridall, surgical LPN, Women’s Health
Diedre Shumaker, staff nurse, Main Operating Room

Five nurses received the Lois Weninger Forney Nursing Excellence award. The monetary award is to be used toward education or scholarly activities to further their professional careers.

Danese Boob, staff nurse, Express Admission Unit
Dawn Hippensteel, staff nurse, Heart and Vascular Intensive Care Unit
Kristin Lesniak, staff nurse, Women’s Health
Betsy Mathew, staff nurse, Medical Intensive Care
Elizabeth Rohrer, staff nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Patricia Rittle, staff nurse in the Main Operating Room, received the first annual RN Preceptor award. This award was established by the Department of Nursing Education and Professional Development Council in recognition of the time, effort, and dedication applied to teaching and nurturing of new staff, as well as continued mentoring of current staff.

Michelle J. Nickolaus from Cardiology (HVI) received the first annual Advanced Practice Clinician Excellence award. This award is given to honor an advanced practice clinician who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice and is a leader in his or her profession. The award recognizes an advanced practice clinician who is dedicated to improving the environment for advanced practice clinicians in the Penn State Hershey community.

Jennifer Knepper, staff nurse, critical care float pool, received the Nursing Community Service award. This award, funded by the Association of Faculty & Friends, recognizes a nurse’s outstanding commitment to community service. Jennifer chose the Water Street Health Services as the recipients of the funds.

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Last Updated December 15, 2011