2009-04-17 / Community

PHC Will Honor Nurses At Spring Luncheon

Left, Charis Nicholson, R.N., Nurse Manager, 4 East, Peninsula Hospital Center. 2009 Nurse of Distinction. Right, Gislaine Rosemond, R.N., Night Supervisor, Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. 2009 Nurse of Distinction. Left, Charis Nicholson, R.N., Nurse Manager, 4 East, Peninsula Hospital Center. 2009 Nurse of Distinction. Right, Gislaine Rosemond, R.N., Night Supervisor, Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation. 2009 Nurse of Distinction. Peninsula Hospital Center will honor its two nurses of distinction as it hosts its annual Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach.

The award of Nurse of Distinction is an annual honor given to two outstanding nurses, nominated by their peers, who exemplify the essence and spirit of nursing. The honorees must also exemplify the three "C's" of nursing, which include Competence, Commitment and Connection. This year's honorees go well beyond the call of duty and have distinguished themselves during their careers at Peninsula Hospital Center.


Peninsula Hospital Center's Nurse of Distinction is Charis Nicholson, RN. A native of Guyana, Nicholson began her nursing career in 1980 and benefited greatly from the enthusiastic encouragement of her teachers and mentors, all of whom told her that because of her natural abilities and personality, she "would be an excellent nurse." Although she worked as a midwife and in the public health field, she found her true calling in the medical surgical units. After her arrival in the United States in 1988 and after passing her State boards, she answered a job opportunity for nursing at Peninsula Hospital Center and the rest, as they say, is history. In 2005, Nicholson was asked to assume the responsibilities of the Nurse Manager of 4-East. Before accepting this position and knowing its responsibilities, Nicholson had to consider the needs of her three children and her husband. "My husband tells me that I spend more time at work than I do with him," laughs Nicholson, "but he and my children are very supportive of my work because they know I love it and wouldn't want to do anything else."

Robin Blackwell, RN, VP of Nursing and Chief Nurse Executive, is quick to point out that Nicholson has an excellent "hands-on" approach to nursing. "I selected her for the position of Nurse Manager knowing that she has excellent nursing skills and takes her responsibilities very seriously and very much to heart. "Charis teaches, directs, assists and does whatever needs to be done for her patients. She enjoys educating any new nurses in the unit and they are all better nurses for having worked with her. The entire 4-East Unit and the patients have benefited from her care, expertise and management." When complimented about her nursing skills, Nicholson credits her success to hard work and prayer. "As any nurse can tell you, we do work hard, but it is the most rewarding work I can think of doing. The staff at Peninsula Hospital Center is like a big family and we work together as a team for our patients. I am so honored to receive this award and share it with my dedicated nurses in 4-East."


Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation's Nurse of Distinction is Gislaine Rosemond, RN. Rosemond came to work at PCECR in 2002 as a per diem and her love of geriatric nursing and excellent nursing skills quickly distinguished her as an outstanding nurse. She earned her nursing degree in Haiti and after coming to the United States, worked in several hospitals in Newark, New Jersey and New York before assuming a position with North Shore Hospital in Manhasset in acute care. After suffering injuries in a car accident and having a little time on her hands during recuperation to read nursing magazines, Rosemond saw an ad for a position as a night supervisor at PCECR. Having been widowed in the late 1970s and in order to stay involved in her children's lives as a hands-on parent, she decided that working at nights was exactly what she needed and found that she enjoyed the responsibilities of a night supervisor. "Geriatric nursing is very special to me. So many of the patients have led such full lives and are rich in history. They are so much more than just elderly people in need of care - they worked, they got married, had children, laughed and cried like the rest of us - and it gives them such joy to remember and relate their experiences."

Rosemond is very much a "hands-on" nurse and believes that even the most difficult of patients and the most negative of employees can develop positive attitudes with the proper care, patience and guidance. She sees the "glass as half full" and tries to impart that along with her expertise on the job. Teamwork and continuing education are concepts she lives by and those ideals have earned her previous awards for her nursing excellence. She also has a rich and fulfilling family life and is quick to show photographs of her three grandchildren - one of whom is a promising young junior Olympic gymnast. Sharon Brown, RN, Director of Nursing at PCECR, has noticed how contagious Rosemond's attitude is throughout PCECR. "Both staff and patients respond so positively to Gislaine. She is an excellent nurse, positive person and delights in caring for her patients. She is like a ray of sunshine and believes that everyone has their own 'shining light.' For further information regarding tickets, please contact the

Dept. of External Affairs at Peninsula Hospital Center, 718-734-2505/06. Therapy?

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