National Nurses Week pays tribute to these dedicated individuals, who represent the largest group of professionals in health care. It began on May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, and continued through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
Mount Sinai Medical Center marked National Nurses Week by recognizing 23 outstanding nurses during the annual Harris Institute for Nursing Awards presentation on Wednesday, May 11, in the Harris Garden, named after Ruth and Sidney Harris. Melissa Figueroa was named the 2011 Nurse of Year. Melissa, who has been part of the Mount Sinai family for six years, was among the individuals named “Nurse of the Unit,” based on nominations by their colleagues and directors. In addition, five employees received scholarships to defray the cost of their nursing school expenses. Those five recipients are Vanessa Antioine, Samantha Vega, Jose Jirion, Abniel Garcia and Michel Cassvan.
Presented annually since 1994, the $1,000 scholarships are awarded based on the caliber of the employees’ work, school performance and customer service. The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of Jerrold and Jane Goodman, members of The Society of Mount Sinai and Founders Club. Mr. Goodman, also a member of the medical center’s advisory board of trustees, is the son of the late Ruth Schwartz who was a dedicated supporter of Mount Sinai. The Goodman’s generosity continues with a recent gift they made to Mount Sinai to purchase new medical equipment. Mount Sinai Medical Center is extremely grateful for their continued support.