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Nominations for the Patricia H. Garman Award for Excellence and Service in Nursing or the Distinguished Preceptor Award will open in 2023.
This award is given to a UB School of Nursing alumnus in recognition of exceptional career accomplishments, community or university service, or research and scholarly activity.
This award is given to an individual in recognition and in appreciation of their significant support and impact on the advancement of the UB School of Nursing. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the nursing profession embodying the mission, vision and values of the UB School of Nursing.
This award is given to recognize an outstanding clinical preceptor for the School of Nursing.
This award recognizes recent University at Buffalo School of Nursing graduates who have distinguished themselves among their peers through outstanding leadership, service, innovation and other achievements, and who exemplify the core values of the School of Nursing and the University at Buffalo.
Salah Al-Zaiti, PhD ’13, MS ’10, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to conduct research abroad in Jordan related to cardiovascular disease, biomedical informatics and machine learning.
Al-Zaiti also recently published a study developing a machine-learning model using electrocardiogram readings to improve diagnoses of heart attacks.
Al-Zaiti, S. S., Martin-Gill, C., Zègre-Hemsey, J. K. et al. Machine learning for ECG diagnosis and risk stratification of occlusion myocardial infarction. Nat Med 29, 1804–1813 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-023-02396-3
Lisa Greisler, BS ‘79, was recognized as one of this year’s Buffalo Business First Power 200 Women for her work as president of Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York.
Sally Kaplan, BS '82, was named 2022 Northwell Health Research Nurse of the Year.
Mary Ann Long, BS ‘89, was recognized as one of this year’s Buffalo Business First Power 200 Women for her work as senior vice president of nursing at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Rebecca McCormick-Boyle, BS ‘81, was recognized as one of this year’s Buffalo Business First Power 200 Women for her work as Catholic Health's chief integration officer.
Noah Bourne, DNP '23, BS '19, was recognized with the Region 1 Student NP Leadership Award from the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State.
Jim Zolnowski, MSN, BS '07, RN, NE-BC, has served as vice president and chief nurse executive at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center in Glendale, CA, since June 2022.
Mary Carey, BS '90, was selected as an honoree of Sigma Theta Tau’s 2022 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
Susan Brooks, BS '94, was named the new vice president of patient care services at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital.
Suzanne Carroll, MS '95, was recently published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
Carroll, S. (2022). Is it time to stop the war on cancer? Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 26(5), 576. doi:10.1188/22CJON.576
Beth Nicastro, MS '95, an ANCC-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, is an undergraduate clinical instructor and RN to BS adjunct professor at UB School of Nursing. She is also active in the WNY stroke community as a caregiver and survivor advocate and works as a legal nurse consultant and health writer.
Kimberley Ennis, MS '07, BS '05, was named one of the National Black Nurses Association 2022 Under 40 Awardees.
Mark Blazey, BS '08, was appointed to the 2022-2023 NYSANA
Board of Directors on the nominating committee.
Sara King, BS '17, was recognized as one of Buffalo Business First's 2022 30 Under 30 honorees.
Kara Hedman, DNP '16, was appointed to the 2022-2023 NYSANA
Board of Directors as vice president.
Nora Balon, DNP '18, BS '12, was named the 2021 Advanced Practice Provider of the Year by Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The award recognizes an exceptional advanced practice provider for their impact on the profession, the patients and the healthcare team.
Brian Stewart, BS '19, placed second in the 2022 Twisted Branch 100K Trail Run. Read about his running experience.
Lori-Jeanne West, DNP '22, was hired as a clinical assistant professor at Upstate Medical University College of Nursing. West will teach courses in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.
Lisa Greisler (BS ‘79) was named one of this year's Buffalo Business First Excellence in Health Care winners for her work as president of Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York.
Dawn Franits (BS '81) passed the National Certified School Nurse (NCSN) exam from the National Board for Certification of School Nurses.
Rebecca McCormick-Boyle (BS '81) was recognized as one of Buffalo Business First's 2021 Power 200 Women.
Martha Dewey Bergren (DNS '03, MS '92), became the Journal of School Nursing executive editor. She retired from the University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing in 2020.
Katherine Simonson (BS '03) was confirmed by the United States Senate for promotion to Brigadier General.
Kimberley Ennis (BS '07, BS '05) received the 2020 Administrative Nurse of the Year award from the National Black Nurses Association and the 2020 Rising Stars 40 under 40 award from the Business Council of Westchester. She was also promoted to Senior Director of Nursing at Mount Sinai Queens Hospital.
Meghan Blazey (PhD '11, MS '07, BS '05) has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Nurses.
Junxin Li (PhD '14) was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) in October 2020.
Susan Marks (DNP ‘15) was elected to lead The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, which represents over 14,000 actively practicing nurse practitioners across the state.
Kara Hedman (DNP '16) joined the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NYSANA) Board of Directors.
Theresa Capriotti (BS ‘78) has been a clinical professor of nursing for 25 years at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. She has authorized many textbooks and more than 40 journal articles.
Rebecca McCormick-Boyle (BS ‘81) was named to Catholic Health board of directors in 2019 and was named chief integration officer at Catholic Health in 2020. In this role, she will provide executive oversight for implementation of Catholic Health's 2025 strategic plan
Dianne Morrison-Beedy (MS ‘83) received the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children at the 2019 Sigma Nursing Convention.
Paula Seidel Glass (BS ‘81) became a Certified Nursing Educator through the National League for Nursing in August 2019.
Michael Ackerman (MS '85, DNS '91) was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in October 2019.
Jennifer Crotty (BS ‘97) currently serves as chief flight nurse at MercyFlight WNY and emergency room nurse at St. Joseph Campus.
Mary Ann Murphy (BS ‘84, MS ‘94) received The Catherine McAuley Distinguished Alumna Award from Mt. Mercy Academy. She is the director of the Maternal Child Unit at Mercy Hospital, where she has served for over 35 years.
Peter Tinnesz (BS '89, MS '93) received the Advance Practice Provider Mentorship Award and the CRNA Educator of the Year Award from Southern Connecticut State University. He is the non-operating room anesthesia lead nurse anesthetist at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Salah Al-Zaiti (MS ‘10, PhD ‘13) received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He is currently an associate professor, acute and tertiary care, at the University of Pittsburg School of Nursing.
Mimi Haskins (MS ‘98, DNP ‘15) was awarded the 2019 Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse of Distinction.
Charnelle Lewis (DNP ‘19) was honored among Buffalo's 2019 Changemakers 30 under 30 in the science/humanities category. She was also featured on nurse.org about why she chose a doctorate degree over a master’s of science in nursing.
Jessica Varghese (PhD ‘17) was promoted to director of the RN to BS program at the New York Institute of Technology. She also won best poster during the Faculty Practice pre-conference session at the 2019 AACN Doctoral Education Conference.
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