Nurses honoured

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Niagara Health System honoured 14 nurses with awards of excellence Monday night as part of Nurses Week.
“This year, 87 nurses were nominated by their peers for Nursing Awards of Excellence,” said Derek McNally, NHS executive vice -president and chief nursing executive, in a release.
“Reading through this year’s nominations, I was struck by two common themes that emerged and that really demonstrate the essence of what nursing at the NHS is all about: doing what is best for our patients, and inspiring and supporting each other.”
In the release, McNally said selecting the finalists is always a difficult decision for the selection committee “since there are so many nurses who go above and beyond on a regular basis to provide an excellent patient experience.”
The Niagara Health System has 1,800 nurse practitioners, registered nurses and registered practical nurses caring for an estimated 500,000 patients each year.
“Nursing is a profession like no other. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, our nurses go the extra mile to provide for the needs of our patients. The impact of their contributions is felt in every aspect of care across our hospital system,” said McNally.

This year’s recipients were:
 Nursing Awards for Excellence in Direct Care – Registered Nurse
• Pina Page, Greater Niagara General Site
• Linda Climie, St. Catharines Site
• Carol Girardi, Welland Site
• Denise Kipling, Douglas Memorial SIte

Nursing Awards for Excellence in Direct Care – Registered Practical Nurse
• Scott Hayward, Greater Niagara General Site
• Diane Trottier, St. Catharines Site
• Remo Petraroia, Welland Site
• Tracey Vallance, Niagara-on-the-Lake Site

Nursing Director Leadership Award
• Heather Paterson, Greater Niagara General Site

Nursing Leadership Awards
• Tammy Martin, Welland Site

Nursing Awards Collaboration and Team Work for Excellence in Direct Care
• Chris Delaney, Stevie Christopher, Rhonda White: seconded to project to improve patient flow across all sites

Nursing Award (Regional) for Excellence in Direct Care
• Cheryl Ruzgys, Niagara Diabetes Centre

In addition, winners of three $500 Nursing Education Bursaries were:
• Roy Dell, RN, Greater Niagara General Site
• Scott Hayward, RPN, Greater Niagara General Site
• Tammy Martin, Clinical Manager, Welland Site

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