Nursing Recognitions, Certifications & Awards
St. Vincent’s nursing staff delivers outstanding care
As a Magnet® recognized institution, St. Vincent’s Medical Center is proud of its compassionate, comprehensive care provided by its 900 nurses who care for patients in the hospital, outpatient settings, physician offices, clinics and medical centers. Find out more about our nursing awards, certifications and nursing recognitions of excellence (Daisy Awards).
Magnet® Recognition: In November 2012, St. Vincent’s Medical Center achieved the Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing services and is the gold standard for nursing practice.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center is the first hospital in Fairfield County, awarded to only six hospitals in Connecticut. Only 453 out of 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations receive this honor.
The Magnet® Recognition Program focuses on advancing three goals: promoting quality of care, identifying excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients, and disseminating nursing care best practices.. Click here for more on St. Vincent’s Magnet Recognition award.
Nursing certification validates that nurses have met stringent requirements for knowledge and experience and are qualified to provide competent specialty care.
St. Vincent’s encourages all nurses who provide care to become certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Certification programs are rigorous and meet nationally recognized standards.
ANCC certification is a sound and legally defensible measurement of nursing knowledge.
The certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).
These independent accrediting bodies have established nationally acknowledged standards and criteria for the recognition of certification programs and use rigorous processes to determine whether programs meet their standards.
Nurse’s Week Excellence Awards
St. Vincent’s Shared Governance Professional Practice Council worked diligently in 2010 to establish professional recognition awards for registered nurses. Nurses are nominated by their peers and are recognized during the annual Nurse’s Week Recognition Award Ceremony May 6-12.
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The Susan L. Davis Leadership Award
2014-Cassie Mizia (Westport BH)
2015-Diana McNeil (Short Stay)
Nursing Education and Mentorship
2014-Teresa Cryan (St. Vincent’s College)
2015-Domingos Martins (Staff Education)
2014-Kirstin Infelice (Westport BH)
2015-Lisa Finoia (Critical Care-ICU/PCU)
Nursing Clinical Practice
2014-Dr. Susan Goncalves
Nursing Professional Development
Nursing Volunteerism & Service
2013-Mary Jane Bayusik
2015-Mary Ann Caserta
2015 Daisy Award Recipients
January – Bella Cielo (FBC), March – MaryAnn DeRosa (Short Stay), May – Olivia Reyes (ICU), June/July – Kim Hurd (FBC), August – Lori Carroll (10E), October – Toni Berry (7 East)
2014 Daisy Award Recipients
January - Dena Dzialo (10 North), February - Judy Taylor (ICU), March - Michelle Mosher (Short Stay), April - Laurie Shephard (Wound Care Center), June - Aron Mavros (Level 6 South), July - Lori Dalton (GI Suite), September - Monica Ferguson (L&D), October - Lorie Rongey (Cardiac Cath Lab), November - Diane Denhup (Level 10 East)
Connecticut Post’s Fairfield County’s Top Nurses 2015
Two of St. Vincent’s nurses were named to the top 10 and an additional eight nurses received honorable mention (out of 25).
Top Nurses: Sarah Notar (Bridgeport), Lynn Hunyadi (Shelton)
Honorable Mentions: Ruthann Sutay (Oxford ER), Beth Diaz (Stratford), Jill McTighe (Bridgeport), Jean Kulas (Bridgeport), Loretta Murphy (Bridgeport), Deb Huzina (Shelton), Mary Ellen Falcone (Fairfield Outpatient Clinic), Jackie Lizak (Bridgeport)
Greater Bridgeport Medical Association Award
Betsy Rice (2009), Ellen Miller (2010), Sarah Conder (2011), Sue Casso (2012), Maureen Blees (2013), Susan Skoog (2014), Marilyn Faber (2015)
In January 2018, St. Vincent's Medical Center is applying for re-designation as a Magnet organization. Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so.
Magnet® Recognition: St. Vincent's Medical Center
St. Vincent’s Medical Center embarked on its journey toward Magnet® Designation in September 2010. In February 2012, our team submitted our Magnet® Document to the ANCC for consideration and achieved Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in November of 2012.
In 1993, through the research base established in the 1980’s, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), established a formal program to acknowledge excellence in nursing services: the Magnet Recognition Program®.
This program is now considered the “gold standard” for nursing excellence and quality patient care in healthcare organizations nationally and internationally. Only a small percentage of organizations in the U.S. and internationally meet the 88 Sources of Evidence, or standards, for nursing excellence.
Standards of Excellence
In 2008, the ANCC Commission introduced a new vision, and a new conceptual model that grouped the 14 Forces of Magnetism, listed below, into 6 key components:
1. Transformational Leadership
2. Structural Empowerment
3. Exemplary Professional Practice
4. New Knowledge
5. Innovation and Improvement
6. Empirical Outcomes
Magnet® Recognition Program: Forces of Magnetism
Quality of Nursing Leadership
Personnel Policies and Programs
Professional Models of Care
Quality of Care
Consultation and Resources
Autonomy Community and Healthcare Organization
Nurses as Teachers
Image of Nursing
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