2013-05-10 / Community

St. John’s Recognizes Nurses of Distinction


Fisayo Ogunyomi, RN, was recognized as the Novice Nurse of Distinction at St. John’s. Fisayo Ogunyomi, RN, was recognized as the Novice Nurse of Distinction at St. John’s. For National Nurses Week, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is honoring its nursing staff. The hospital has recognized four Nurses of Distinction for the event.

National Nurses week is observed from Monday, May 6, through Saturday, May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. St. John’s will host many activities and events to honor and educate its nursing staff.

To honor its staff, St. John’s staff nominated one nurse in four Nurses of Distinction categories. The chosen nurses are entered in the 1199/SEIU League of Voluntary Hospitals’ Nurse of Distinction program which then selects, from among nurses citywide, those who make a difference in their profession.

The hospital chose Iona Folkes, RN as the winner in the Nurse of Distinction category. Folkes currently works in the Pediatrics unit, but she has gained experience in several areas after working at the hospital since 1996. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in clinical systems management at Excelsior College and she participates on multiple committees to improve patient care and the work life of the nurses at St. John’s and she is a union delegate and key member of the 1199 Negotiation Committee.


Iona Folkes, RN, was recognized as the Nurse of Distinction at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Iona Folkes, RN, was recognized as the Nurse of Distinction at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Pauline Bell, RN was chosen as the Nurse Leader. Bell has worked at the hospital since 1990 and she is the Manager of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. She works as a weekend supervisor, where she ‘covers’ the entire Hospital.

Hakimah Beebe, RN was chosen as the winner in the Nurse Preceptor category. Beebe has worked as St. John’s since 2000 and recently transferred to the ICU after working on the Telemetry Unit where she trained orientees. She has been an asset in helping new graduates adjust to clinical environments.

Fisayo Ogunyomi, RN was chosen as the top Novice Nurse. After volunteering in the Emergency Department, Ogunyomi was hired by the Telemetry Unit, where he has been for almost two years. His tolerance, patience and empathy towards patients and team members have made him an exceptional novice nurse.

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