Seven Milford Hospital nurses were selected to be recipients of the 2012 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.
Katie-Lyn Bruno, Margo Dwyer, Rosemarie Esposito, Jayne Pinto, Joyce Potter, Loren Scarinzi and Sharon Uhlig were honored for their professional achievements at an awards dinner and program held at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford on May 10.
Each of the honorees was nominated by their peers. Criteria for the award is demonstrated clinical excellence and having “gone above and beyond the call” in their daily professional duties.
“We are very proud to recognize the accomplishments of these nurses,” said Joseph Pelaccia, president/CEO of Milford Hospital. “The seven recipients represent a spectrum of Milford Hospital nursing professionals, including both managers and bedside care-givers. Each of the awardees is extremely dedicated to the care of our patients and advancing the nursing profession.”
Katie Lyn Bruno was nominated for her compassion and advocacy in providing care and comfort to hospice patients and their families. While relatively new to Milford Hospital and her profession, Bruno has made an immediate contribution with both her patients and fellow staff members, hospital officials said.
Margo Dwyer, director of quality and risk management, has many years of experience at the bedside and in a managerial capacity.
A hospital spokesperson said she is a valuable and reliable resource to hospital administration, physicians and staff with regard to the education, training and policies required to meet the highest standards of care and accountability in healthcare today.
Rosemarie Esposito is the manager of several units at Milford Hospital, including the operating room, post anesthesia care unit, SurgiCenter, outpatient diagnostics and the Joint Replacement Center.
In her 36-year career, Esposito has worked tirelessly as a nurse advocate for her fellow nurses, her patients and the entire organization, hospital officials said, adding, “She reaches beyond her own professional responsibilities and always acts in a way that benefits all involved.”
Jayne Pinto has been described as “having the heart of a lion and the courage of her convictions.”
She sets her heart and her mind on what’s best for her patients and for the nurses caring for them, officials said. They added, “No matter how challenging a situation, she continues to exhibit her positive attitude and focuses entirely on the well being of her patients, their families and the nursing staff she is responsible for.”
Joyce Potter has been a dedicated weekend shift supervisor for the past six years. “She constantly strives to deliver the best care possible for patients, families and staff members,” states a hospital press release.
Potter is described as “the friend that everybody can hope for while being the most knowledgeable of clinicians.”
A 37 year veteran at Milford Hospital, Sharon Uhlig is well respected by her peers. After serving as a medical/surgical unit manager for many years, she is now the clinical IT registered nurse.
“Always there to support the staff, she consistently goes above and beyond,” states a hospital write-up. “Sharon’s commitment, dedication and personal achievement as a nursing professional make her well deserving of the distinction.”
For nearly four decades, Loren Scarinzi has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the hospital motto of “the patient first.” Hospital officials said she is described as an “excellent teacher to families and patients, providing a sense of comfort and security by how she communicates.”