2006 Awards and Recognition

Individual Awards:

2006 Nurse of the Year Winners


2E – Lilly Alexander

2NE – April Anderson

3E – Nubia Albites

3NE – Karen Murray

3N – Sarah Taylor

3S – MaJomela Nagal


After Hours – Teresita Febre

Ambulatory – Jennifer Gamad

CICU – Thomas Flock

ER/OP/Rapid Care – Lisette Gorelick

Float/SR – Bonnie Flagley

IV Team – Irma Vergara

NICU – Heather Leidich

OR – Christopher Wolary

PICU – Isoldy Augusten

Psych – Shirley Kendzora

Quality/UR – Griselle Angulo

Recovery Room – Lilia Alonso

South Dade – Kathleen Atkinson

Support Staff – Lourdes Lam


Rookie of the Year – Geeta Singh

LPN of the Year – Lissette Morales

Mentor of the Year – Joann Wiacek-Krupin


Nursing Support Staff of the Year – Ainsley Bryan, Behavioral Health Tech – Psychiatry


The Wonder of a Nurse
2006 Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Nursing Essay
Winner: Sara Turpel, RN, MSN, CCRN

Cheryl Minnick, BSN, RN, Bing Wood, ARNP, MSN, Deborah Hill-Rodriguez, MSN, ARNP, CS,BC, Patricia Messmer, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, Maryann Henry, RN, Dania Vasquez, ARNP, MSN, and Deborah Salani, MSN, ARNP,BC, CPON - Won the 1st place for the poster "Implementing the Humpty Dumpty Falls Assessment Program" at Fifth Annual 2006 Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice Quality Improvement, Quality Indicators in San Antonio, Texas.

Deborah Hill-Rodriguez, MSN, ARNP, CS,BC, Patricia Messmer, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, Jill Tahmooressi, RN,C, MBA - Research Poster Award for “Pediatric Nurses’ Perception of National Certification”. Society of Pediatric Nursing 16th Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida.

Sofia Morales, MSN, ARNP, CPN- Poster titled "Italian Connection: Nursing Care Across Cultures" won best poster at the 22nd Annual Pediatric Nursing Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Julissa, Jimenez, ARNP, MSN a nurse on the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit was selected to present her exemplar, "A Transcultural Experience with Kosovo Mothers and their Children Diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease" at the 2006 Florida Nurses Association 19th Annual Ingeborg Mauksch Clinical Excellence Conference February 17, 2006 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Department Awards:

The Emergency Department was named one of four "Best Teams" by Advance for Nurses for Achievement in Emergency/Trauma Care.

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