LONG ISLAND, NY – Hauppauge Nurse leaders from Long Island’s hospitals and nursing education programs gathered Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Woodbury Country Club to bestow recognition upon their nurse peers at the Nurse of Excellence Award Ceremony hosted by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC). One nurse from each of the Hospital Council’s member hospitals was nominated for this award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and clinical practice. Deans of area nursing schools also submitted nominations recognizing nursing excellence in education and clinical practice.
One nurse that was recogonized for her service was Huntington’s resident Christine Glaser RN, assistant professor of nursing, Farmingdale State College. She rose above a field of 25 nominees. Those nominees were selected from a field of about 500 nurses at hospitals and teaching institutions from across Long Island.
Glaser’s career as a nurse spans 33 years and includes specialization in oncology, critical care, home care, hospice and staff development, and more recently, superior commitment to the art and science of the nursing profession as an assistant professor of nursing at Farmingdale State College. She is the recipient of Farmingdale’s “Cares Award” for her outstanding teaching ability, compassion and caring, clinical knowledge, and leadership skills. She remains active in clinical practice. She is the coordinator of education and training at a local hospital. Glaser participates in the Nursing Student Outreach Program, which provides flu immunization and health education to senior citizens. She will earn her Doctor of Health Education degree this fall from AT Still University.
“In the hospital, nurses do the heavy lifting,” said Alan Guerci MD, chair of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council and CEO of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. “Nurses make contributions to diagnostics and therapeutics and most healing occurs because of the hard work of nurses.”
The Hospital Council’s annual salute to nurses is fashioned after the New York State Legislature’s Nurse of Distinction Program that ended in 1995. NSHC is one of the few hospital associations in the state to continue this program voluntarily. It is now in its 20th year. The NSHC represents Long Island’s not-for-profit and public hospitals.
For more information about this program and a full listing of nominees, visit www.nshc.org.
From left: Valerie Terzano RN, member of the NSHC Nurse of Excellence Subcommittee and Chief Nursing Officer, Senior Vice President of Nursing, Winthrop-University Hospital; 2015 Nurse of Excellence Winner Christine Glaser RN; Jennifer Bryer PhD, Chairperson, Department of Nursing/Associate Professor, Farmingdale State College; and Gara Edelstein RN, Chairperson of the NSHC Nurse Executive Committee and Senior Vice President Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. Photo Credit: NSHC.
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