Samuel and May Rudin Awards Recognize Nursing Excellence

on Wednesday, July 1, 2009

(From left) Lynn Adams, Samuel and May Rudin Foundation President Beth Rudin DeWoody, Debra Havranek, Nurse Practitioner Clinical Program Director Dennis Graham, Jerelyn Osoria-Julien, Joel Lloyd, and Jacquelyn Burns

Each year, the Samuel and May Rudin Nursing Awards recognize outstanding performance by Memorial Sloan Kettering nursing staff.

In his welcoming remarks at the 2009 Samuel and May Rudin Awards for Excellence in Nursing ceremony, Memorial Hospital Physician-in-Chief Robert E. Wittes hailed the event as not only a recognition of a few individuals, but “a celebration of all of you and the outstanding nature of nursing at Memorial Hospital.”

The ceremony, held on the morning of May 6 in the Rockefeller Research Laboratories Auditorium, recognized five Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center nurses and a support staff member for exemplary service in patient care. The award winners were nominated by fellow nurses, administrators, physicians, and patients for providing excellent care and comfort.

Mary Lakaszawski and Elizabeth McCormick.Mary Lakaszawski (right) with Elizabeth McCormick

Elizabeth Nelkin McCormick, Executive Director of Nursing, thanked the Rudin family and the Samuel and May Rudin Foundation for their continued support of the awards program and concluded with words of praise from a patient’s family member: “The Center contains a spirit that will not be stilled and a voice that will not be silenced. All of your nurses comprise a cadre that encompasses the patients with the will to survive and prevail.”

Award Recipients

Excellence in Nursing Practice
Debra Havranek, RN
Clinical Nurse II

Excellence in Advanced Nursing Practice
Lynn Adams, RN
Nurse Practitioner Coordinator

Excellence in Nursing Leadership
Jacquelyn Burns, RN
Nurse Leader

Excellence in Nursing Research
Jerelyn Osoria-Julien, RN
Clinical Nurse IV

Excellence in Nursing Education
Mary Lakaszawski, RN
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Excellence in Patient Care Support*
Joel Lloyd, Messenger I
Night Inpatient Support Staff

*Sponsored by the Department of Nursing


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