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2011 Awards and Recognitions

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, March Of Dimes 2011 Miami-Dade and Monroe nurse of the year Finalists and Winners
Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Winners

  • Annalyn Velasquez, ARNP, MSN, CPNP, CCRN, won the Critical Care/Surgical Services category
  • Raquel Pasaron, ARNP, DNP, FNP-BC won in the category of advanced practice.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Finalists

Advance Practice
  • Cindy M.Ayala, RN, MSN, CPN
  • Patricia Dean, ARNP, MSN
  • Jo Ann Nieves, MSN, CPN, ARNP, PNP-BC, FAHA
  • Elena Ortega, ARNP, MSN, CCRN
  • Raquel Pasaron, ARNNP, DNP, FNNP-BC

Case Management/Care Coordination/Managed Care

  • Maytee Perdomo, RNN, AS
  • Clinical & Academic Education
  • Laura Hernandez, ARNP, MSN, CPN, FNP-C
  • Janice Serrano, RN, BSN

Critical Care/Surgical Services

  • Lorna Allen, RN, BSN
  • Holda Delavoe, RN
  • Melinda Duran, RN, BSN
  • Claudia Martin-Shimizu, RN, BSN ,CNOR
  • Miriam Prado, RN
  • Annalyn Velasquez, ARNP, MSN, CPNP, CCRN


  • Holly Olsen-Aloi, RN, BSN


  • Jane Bragg, RN, MSN,MBA
  • Mirtha Gonzalez, ARNP,MSN


  • Diana Garcia, RN, MSN
  • Flor Tena, RN, MSN

Pediatric/Adolescent Health

  • Erica Pardo, RN, MSN


  • Nicklaus Children's Patricia Dean to Receive American Epilepsy Society’s 2011 J. Kiffin Penry Award

    The American Epilepsy Society (AES) has announced that Patricia Dean, ARNP, MSN, a pediatric nurse practitioner and Clinical Coordinator of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, has been named recipient of this year’s J. Kiffin Penry Excellence in Epilepsy Care Award.

  • Jackie Gonzalez, ARNP, MSN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer, Was inducted on November 4th as President -Elect 2012 of Florida Organization of Nurse Executives (FONE).  Congratulations!

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September 2011 - Bing Wood recognized by the South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives as Nurse leader of the Year


Florida Nurses Association State Award:
  1. FNA, Nursing Administrator of the Year, Jackie Gonzalez, MSN, ARNP--Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer
  2. FNA, Nurse Practitioner of the Year, Raquel Pasarón, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC
Florida Nurses Association South Region Symposium and Awards Ceremony held on Saturday, April 16, 2011.
  1. Laura Hernandez: Nurse Educator Award—Winner
  2. Diana Garcia: Nursing Administration Award—Winner
  3. Raquel Pasarón: Advanced Practice Nursing Award—Finalist
  4. Nicklaus Children's Hospital Nursing Team (Jackie Gonzalez)--Community Action Award—Finalist
  5. Nicklaus Children's Hospital NICU Nursing Team--Promotion of Excellence Award—Winner

Society for Pediatric Nursing 2011 National Conference in Las Vegas, NV -- Maria Soto, MSN, ARNP, Carmen Duque, MSN, ARNP, Dr. Simpser/2nd place (Clinical Practice Award) - “Caring for the Ventilator Dependent Pediatric Patient in a Medical Surgical Unit” (Poster).

JoAnn Nieves, MSN, ARNP, PNP-BC-on April 30, 2011, was elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association by the leadership committee of the Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young. 


2011 Nurse of the Year Winner
RN of the Year
LifeFlight: Kenneth Patino, BSN, RN, CPN

LPN of the year:

Andres Valencia, LPN
Rookie of the year:

Emergency Department: Lizette Rivera, BSN, RN, CPN

Leader of the year:

IV team and Dialysis:  Solfia Torre, BSN, RN, CDN

Nursing support staff of the year:

2 East- Evangeline Juggan, CA

Scholar of the year:
CICU-Jacqueline Whyte, BSN, RN, CPN

Professional Services of the Year:
3 South-Patricia Dean, MSN, ARNP, PNP

Unit base winners:
2E: Chau Nguyen, BSN, RN
2NE: Andrea Downs, RN
3N: Annette Caravia, MSN, RN, CPN
3E: Inga Bolanos, BSN, RN, CPN
3S: Karen Ricketts, RN, CPN
2N:  Cristina Meca, BSN, RN, CPN
Same Day Surgery:  Jannette Martinez, BSN, RN, CPN
CICU:  Shannon Hutcherson, BSN, RN
ED/Rapid Care:  Carolyn Ramirez, BSN, RN, CPEN
NICU:  Miriam Prado, RN
OR: Jessica Jameson, BSN, RN
PICU: Christina Forcine, MSN, RN, CCRN, CPN
Psychiatry: Shirley Kendzora, RN, MSN, APRN-BC
PACU: Bill Gehring, RN
MRI/Radiology: Amy Hollifield, BSN, RN
UCC: Verna Haik, BSN, RN, CPN
Minor Procedure Suites: Marlene Marquez, RN
Pediatric Care Center: Diane Litchman, RN, CPN
3NE:Arnold Jumagbas, BSN, RN
IV Team: Alicia Lue, RN, VA-BC
Dialysis: Vanessa Polumbarit, BSN, RN

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