Sending those golden stethoscopes to the nurses at New York Methodist Hospital who were recognized for their devotion and dedication to the profession. These men and women who serve at the hospital were presented with the “Flo Awards” at the 23rd Annual Registered Nurses Dinner. Each year the event gives the hospital’s nursing administration the opportunity to recognize individual registered nurses and their units with the award that is named after Florence Nightingale, the progenitor of modern nursing.
“This is one of my favorite nights of the year,” said Registered Nurse Rebecca Flood, senior vice president for nursing. “You may be a nurse manger, a case manager, a staff nurse, if you have that ‘R.N.’ after your name, it means that you are part of the fabric of any hospital.”
The chief honor went to Registered Nurse Michele Thomas, senior staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. The Midwood resident first came to NYM in 1981 and worked as a licensed practical nurse while attending nursing school at Long Island University, where she earned her title In 1984, she transferred to one of the medical surgical units. It wasn’t long before her extraordinary aptitude for patient care drew the attention of NYM’s nursing leadership, and she was recruited to the hospital’s respiratory care unit.
“You are all my family,” Thomas said, in accepting the award. “All of my patients are my family members, too. I treat the younger ones like they are my own children, and the older ones like they are my own parents. I’m so honored and so grateful to be standing here tonight.”
Additional honorees included Registered Nurses Jenny Brown and Patricia Deionno, and the staff of Progressive Care Unit; Nancy Rizzuto and the staff of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit; Denise Spence, and the staff of 7 North Medical Surgical Unit; Diane Molloy and Joanna Zanko, and the staff of the Intensive Care Unit; Fidelia Jordan and the staff of the Medical Surgical/Hematology-Oncology Unit; Kay-Ann Wilson and the staff of the Pulmonary Step-down Unit; Joann Amitrano and Wayne Christie, and the staff of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit; Alison Molini and the staff of 7 South Medical Surgical Unit; and Deborah Duggan and the staff of Buckley 4 Medical Surgical Unit.
Standing O sends out special O’s to all of those honored.
New York Methodist Hospital [506 Sixth St. at Seventh Avenue in Park Slope; (718) 780–3000].