Nursing Awards

Across all settings of care at Mount Sinai South Nassau, nurses are an integral part of our health care team. To recognize nursing’s unconditional commitment and contributions to patient care, we have established an annual internal awards program that honors nurses at all levels, serving in a variety of professional nursing roles.

Internal awards include:

  • Novice Nurse Award
  • Preceptor Award
  • Transformational Leadership Award
  • Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice
  • Excellence in Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Excellence in Nursing Quality
  • Excellence in Nursing Research
  • Excellence in Nursing Education
  • Excellence in Community Service
  • DAISY Award Program

Mount Sinai South Nassau's Nurses are also recognized by our community at large, who appreciate and value the talents of nursing in our organization.

External recognition awards include:

  • The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Annual Nurse of Excellence Award
  • The Magnet Nurse of the Year Award

2021 Award Recipients:

Transformational Leadership Award

Ronald Padilla, BSN, RN, Coordinator Gamma Knife
The Transformational Leadership Award recognizes an RN in a formal leadership role who has made significant contributions to improving patient outcomes and who fosters a positive work environment that supports professional nursing practice.

Excellence in Nursing Education Award

Carolyn Engel, MSN, RN, CCRN,  Nursing Professional Development Specialist
The Excellence in Nursing Education Award recognizes a nurse who promotes an environment that embraces continuous learning & supports lifelong professional development.

Excellence in Advanced Nursing Practice Award

Amber Vitale, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Nurse Manager OPI
The Excellence in Advanced Clinical Nursing Practice Award recognizes an APRN who demonstrates exemplary performance & exceeds expectations to make a difference in patient care & the clinical practice environment.

Excellence in Nursing Practice Award

Karen Bailey, BSN, RN, D1
The Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice Award recognizes an RN in a clinical role who demonstrates outstanding performance & exceeds expectations to make a difference in patient care & the practice environment.

Excellence in Nursing Research Award

Barbara McGuinness, DNP, RN-BC, Nurse Scientist
The Excellence in Nursing Research Award recognizes a Nurse Scholar/Researcher who promotes an environment that embraces a spirit of inquiry & supports development of new nursing knowledge.

Excellence in Community Service Award

Eileen Hinrichs, BSN, RN
The Excellence in Community Service Award recognizes an RN who has made significant contributions to professional nursing practice through community service to patients, families & colleagues and who serves as a role model to inspire other nurses.

Excellence in Nursing Quality Award

Jennifer Sokolowski, BSN, RN, F1
The Excellence In Nursing Quality Award recognizes an RN who has made significant contributions to patient quality & safety through professional nursing practice.

Nursing Preceptorship Award

Patricia Falero-Strickland, MSN, RN, C-EFM, ANM, W&CH
The Excellence In Nursing Preceptorship Award recognizes a nurse preceptor who fosters a positive and nurturing learning environment for our new nurses and supports their transition into the acute care clinical setting.

Nursing Mentorship Award

Kimberly Babich, BSN, RN, ANM, D2E
The Excellence In Nursing Mentorship Award recognizes an RN who has made significant contributions to the professional development of colleagues and inspires other nurses as a role model.

Novice Nurse Award

Lindsay Hyde, BSN, RN, D2W
The Novice Nurse Award recognizes an RN in the first year of practice who demonstrates outstanding clinical performance and contributes innovative ideas that promote excellence in practice.

LPN of Excellence

Doreen Steen, LPN, E2
The LPN of Excellence Award recognizes a licensed practical nurse who demonstrates outstanding performance in delivering patient care and collaborates effectively with registered professional nurses and other staff to achieve exemplary outcomes for patients.

Interprofessional Team of Excellence

Pre-Surgical Evaluation Team
The interdisciplinary Team of Excellence recognizes an interprofessional group, inclusive of nursing, consisting of 3 or more disciplines that influences the clinical care of patients & promotes positive patient outcomes.

Our supportive staff Excellence Awards recognize unlicensed assistive staff in varied positions who demonstrate outstanding service excellence in delivering patient care. These nominees are valued members of our nursing team and contribute to making a difference in patient outcomes:

  • PCT of Excellence:  Faustina Crowley, D2E
  • ATNM of Excellence: Christine Doud & Angelica Hoyos, Nursing Education
  • Unit Clerk of Excellence: Nyasia Sanford Loftson, Float Team
  • Monitor Technician of Excellence: Omar McIntosh, Monitor Room
  • Perioperative Assistant of Excellence: Jeannette Maldonado, OR
  • CST of Excellence: Georgina Fuah-Tawiah, OR
  • CNA of Excellence: Maria Pena, Float Team
  • CS Aide of Excellence Award: Valeria Jimenez, Float Team
  • Bed & Bath Aide of Excellence: Gerhane Borgat, Float Team
  • Medical Assistant of Excellence: Gina Reategui, OPI
  • Friend of Nursing Award: Steve Biscotti, Director of Safety & Security
    The Friend of Nursing Award is a new award that will annually recognize an interdisciplinary colleague who collaborates with nursing in creating a positive work environment that supports nurses and patient care.

Mount Sinai South Nassau’s 2021 nominee for Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council was Janice Campbell RN, LCCE, IBCLC, Lactation Coordinator, Women & Children’s Services

Janice’s exemplary professional practice is evident in her partnership with patients, families, interprofessional teams and the community at large. Her empowerment of the entire team inspires them to provide effective care that leads to high-quality patient outcomes. She is a remarkable nurse who collaborates with the health care team to ensure a patient-centered approach to care delivery. The interprofessional relationships she has built ensure continuity of care transcending the walls of our organization and extending to mothers and infants on a national level. Janice was instrumental in leading our team to achieve Baby Friendly designation by embracing best practices to support breast feeding. She worked tirelessly to educate staff and patients on practices that ensure safe care. She is an advocate for underserved populations in our community and focuses on individualizing care. Janice’s programs provide education, garner resources, and enable our staff to meet the unique needs of each patient. Her commitment to quality and safety, along with her experience, advocacy and influence were instrumental in our organization’s achievement of Joint Commission Perinatal Certification