2009-04-17 / Community

SJEH Names 'Nurses Of Distinction'

Kim Lonnborg, RN, 2009 Nurse of Distinction. Kim Lonnborg, RN, 2009 Nurse of Distinction. St. John's Episcopal Hospital has named four nurses as its 2009 Nurses of Distinction.

The Hospital's 2009 Nurses of Distinction are: Kim Lonnborg, RN, Surgical Care for Nurse of Distinction; Fay Joshua, BSN, Pulmonary Care Unit, for Nurse Preceptor of Distinction; Hermelina Zabala, MA, FNPAPRN, Nurse Manager of Pulmonary Care, Management Nurse of Distinction; and Latoya Maragh, RN, Surgical Care Unit, for Novice Nurse of Distinction.

"Our four Nurses of Distinction are excellent examples of the quality and caliber of our nursing staff," said Lynore Dupiton, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services.

The four nurses selected will be nominated for the citywide 1199/SEIU Nurse of Distinction award program which 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. This year's choices are:

Kim Lonnborg, RN, Surgical Care, was nominated for Nurse of Distinction for her nearly 25 years as an excellent clinician and advocate for her patients. Lonnborg is also a member of the Performance Improvement Collaborative, working to improve quality of care delivered on her unit and globally. She has worked on policy changes that have resulted in improved outcomes.

Fay Joshua, RN, 2009 Preceptor of Distinction. Fay Joshua, RN, 2009 Preceptor of Distinction. Her peers praised her for her wealth of nursing knowledge and clinical expertise, which she shares with her co-workers. She is thorough with her patient care and has excellent assessment skills. She cares for each of her patients well.

Fay Joshua, BSN, Pulmonary Care Unit, nominated for Preceptor of Distinction, has worked at St. John's since 2000. Joshua is celebrated for her dedication to bringing new nurses from novice to expert. She is skilled, articulate, supportive and patient. When Joshua is the preceptor, nurse educators know that the new nurse is in the skilled hands of one who puts patients at the center of care.

Nursing is Joshua's second career. Formerly, she worked as an accountant. Now she says that "the patients are always the priority for me because nursing is a caring profession." She acts as a patient advocate and is often commended by patients and families for her approach. The nurses under her care also say she is very supportive and caring.

Hermelina Zabala, RN, 2009 Nurse Manager of Distinction. Hermelina Zabala, RN, 2009 Nurse Manager of Distinction. Hermelina (Lin) Zabala, MA, FNPAPRN, Nurse Manager of Pulmonary Care, was nominated for Management Nurse of Distinction for creating a climate where teamwork flourishes. She achieved this by raising the bar for performance on the Pulmonary Care Unit, which she manages. In doing so, Zabala led by example. She worked all shifts, defined goals, monitored progress and congratulated successes.

Zabala was nominated by a huge number of her peers. They said that she "is a true example of an excellent manager. She is an asset to her staff and to all those who may come in contact with her. She is a true pillar to this Hospital and one to be very proud of. Ms. Zabala is very humble yet very open with her expectations. Our unit has become a better unit . . . since Ms. Zabala became our nurse manager."

Latoya Maragh, RN, 2009 Novice Nurse of Distinction. Latoya Maragh, RN, 2009 Novice Nurse of Distinction. Latoya Maragh, RN, Surgical Care Unit, was nominated for Novice Nurse of Distinction for maintaining her upbeat, positive attitude that has enabled her to manage the most challenging assignments. Her colleagues speak of her growth and ability. Maragh is inquisitive and seeks to incorporate new skills, techniques and therapies in her nursing practice.

Her co-workers praised her for exemplifying the core values of St. John's: respect, professionalism, compassion, teamwork and responsibility.

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