2008-04-11 / Community

St.John's Episcopal Hospital Names 'Nurses Of Distinction'

St. John's Episcopal Hospital's Nurses of Distinction:?(in the back row from left to right): Kerinth Afflick, BSN, RN, Preceptor of Distinction; Alicia Calderon, BSN, RN, Management Nurse of Distinction; and Theresa Scott, RN, Novice Nurse of Distinction; (in the foreground) Kathleen Hanna, RN,?Nurse of Distinction. St. John's Episcopal Hospital's Nurses of Distinction:?(in the back row from left to right): Kerinth Afflick, BSN, RN, Preceptor of Distinction; Alicia Calderon, BSN, RN, Management Nurse of Distinction; and Theresa Scott, RN, Novice Nurse of Distinction; (in the foreground) Kathleen Hanna, RN,?Nurse of Distinction. St. John's Episcopal Hospital has named four Nurses of Distinction for 2008. They are: Kathleen Hanna, RN, Ambulatory Care Center, nominated for Nurse of Distinction; Kerinth Afflick, BSN, RNC, Tower 10, nominated for Preceptor of Distinction; Theresa Scott, RN, Tower 10, Novice Nurse of Distinction; and Alicia Calderon, BSN, RN, Clinical Director of Hemodialysis, nominated for Management Nurse of Distinction. The four nurses will be nominated for the New York City-wide nursing recognition awards given by 1199SEIU/League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes.

The 1199SEIU/League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes Nurse of Distinction award program recognizes New York City nurses who have made a difference in their profession. Those chosen will be honored at a black-tie event held this May. Nominated by their peers, St. John's sends one nurse's name in each category to compete. In 2007, St. John's nurse Debra Friedland, RNC, received the city-wide Nurse of Distinction award.

The nominee for Nurse of Distinction, Kathleen Hanna, RN, Ambulatory Care Center, was chosen for her 42 years of professionalism, clinical expertise, team spirit and tireless patient advocacy. This Belle Harbor resident is a second-generation nurse and the second-generation nurse of her family to work at St. John's, previously St. Joseph's. She met and married a "Rockaway boy, who wasn't going to get rid of the sand in his shoes" so they settled in and made Rockaway their home and community - and St. John's the center of her professional life. Hanna says that she "keeps striving to keep nursing professional, to provide continuity of care and to stay patient focused."

Kerinth Afflick, BSN, RNC, from the Tower 10 medical/surgical unit, was nominated for Preceptor of Distinction for sharing her 16 years of experience and being an enthusiastic, competent and patient preceptor for her unit's new nursing staff. Afflick has worked on Tower 10 for 15 years of her 16-year nursing career. A graduate of the City College of New York, she is a Far Rockaway resident who "likes the caring profession." She enjoys working at St. John's because, she says, "You can't get great working relationships just anywhere. When you find it, you should stay with it as long as possible."

Nursing, she says, takes "skill and know-how. Giving something back gives you a lot of satisfaction."

Theresa Scott, RN, Tower 10, was nominated for Novice Nurse of Distinction for her tremendous professional growth and her excellent communication skills with patients, families and physicians. After working as an LPN, Scott earned her nursing degree in November, 2006, and has worked at St. John's since April, 2007. Not only was she born at St. John's, her daughter was also born there. She decided to become a nurse 19 years ago when her grandmother was a patient at St. John's. The nurses were so kind to her grandmother that she decided she wanted to become a nurse, too. "I love my profession," Scott says. "Taking care of people is the best thing you could do. It's very rewarding," she adds.

Alicia Calderon, BSN, RN, Clinical Director of the Hemodialysis Center, was selected for Management Nurse of Distinction for fostering a team spirit, and treating all patients with respect and dignity. While working for the New York City Department of Corrections and attending nursing school, Calderon was nominated by her coworkers and named "Woman of Distinction" in 1994. She became a nurse in 1995.

Nursing was a big career change for her because, "I never planned to become a nurse and tried other avenues, but once I did go into nursing everything just fell into place." Previously, she coordinated a dialysis center, under the prison health contract of St. Barnabas Hospital.

She went on to assist in directing the dialysis center at New York Methodist Hospital before becoming Regional Director, for several years, of two large dialysis facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn. When approached about directing the Hemodialysis Center at St. John's in 2006, she graciously accepted. "Nursing is a great profession," Calderon says, "one I never dreamed of being a part of."

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