Awards, Grants & Presentations

Rochester General Hospital nurses are encouraged to present on a wide variety of topics to audiences within the hospital and health system, and around the country. These are some of the achievements and recognition received in 2013 and 2014.

  • Third Consecutive Magnet Designation – Rochester General Hospital was unanimously chosen by the Commission for this designation.
  • Annual Nursing Research Conference – Our 14th annual conference drew more than 175 participants.
  • Professional Engagements – Our staff are active in a variety of professional associations.
  • Nursing Publications and Presentations – Our nurses have published articles and made presentations on topics ranging from oncology and emergency care to infection control.

Third consecutive magnet designation

In April 2014, the Commission for the Magnet Recognition Program® voted unanimously to credential Rochester General Hospital as a Magnet hospital for the third consecutive time. Magnet Designation, granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is the highest international recognition for nursing excellence. Less than 10% of hospitals in the nation hold this prestigious designation.

During a three-day survey in March, Magnet appraisers met with members of the executive and nursing leadership teams, clinical nurses and support staff. They also visited and observed each nursing unit. They found that Rochester General Hospital is truly a model of mature Magnet excellence, with citations including:

    • Nurses are viewed as respected professionals and colleagues who are sought out to collaborate throughout the organization to improve care in the practice setting.
    • The Rochester General Hospital Nursing Professional Practice Model is alive and demonstrated in everyday practice, and sets an exemplary standard in the nursing industry.
    • Rochester General Hospital values educational and professional development and is rich with internal experts who are active in advancing the practice of nursing and improving patient care.
    • Research and evidence-based practices are actively used to guide patient care.
    • Consistently high standards of excellence have resulted in multiple specialty accreditations and national recognition in areas such as total joint replacements, advanced primary stroke, cardiac care, cancer care, surgical services, senior services, women’s health services and bariatric surgery.
    • Nursing leadership is strong, yet compassionate and is well respected throughout the organization.

      “It is not easy to attain Magnet, but even more difficult to maintain it, particularly with the many changes occurring within healthcare. This truly speaks to your leadership, your nursing engagement, your dedication to excellence and to the culture you have been able to achieve and sustain.” – Deborah Zimmerman, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Chair of the Commission for the Magnet Recognition Program


      DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) in Seattle. The DAISY Award was created in honor of the nurses who cared for him during the last weeks of his life. Rochester General Hospital awards DAISY hospital since 2011, awarding extraordinary nurses each year.

      2014 DAISY winners

      Deb Maier RN, BSN, CCRN – MICU

      Jonica Provo, RN – Pediatric ED

      Susan Hodes, RN – Medical Oncology

      Sherri Bernier, LPN – Corporate Float

      Suzy Maynard, RN, BSN, CCRN – SICU

      Virginia Locururcio, RN – 4200

      Pam Lentine, RN – DOSA

      Nancy Miltsch, RN – Labor and Delivery

      Sherri Nordberg, LPN – NMG


      2013 DAISY winners

      Donna Lemcke, LPN – TWC

      Carol Smith, RN – CTICU

      Lillian Bradley, RN – 6800

      Paula Ebert, BSN, RN – 4800

      Kathy Reinhardt, LPN – OPD

      Lillian Ingham, BSN, RN – SICU

      Aaron Acello, BSN, RN – MICU

      Pina Carrozzi, RN – Corporate Float

      Paul Muto, RN – 6800

      Donna Coble, RN – 5200

      Laurie Vandermied, RN – NICU

      Justine Winnicki, BSN, RN – MICU

      Professional engagements

      American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

      • Patty A. Daansen, RN, MS, CCRN-CMC, CNML – Member, 2014 – 2015 National Nominating Committee

      Greater Finger Lakes Chapter of AACN

      • Lynn C Ayers, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, MS – Webmaster
      • Kathy Reddy, RN, ACL MICU – Board Member

      New York State PeriAnesthesia Nurses Association (NYSPANA)

      • Sally Sackett, RN, BSN – District 14 President and State Board Member

      Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)

      • Rosa Waldroff and Gwen Williams were delegates to the National ENA General Assembly in 2014, representing the Genesee Valley Chapter and New York State.
      • Shari McDonald was the Genesee Valley Chapter ENA President in 2013 and the 2014 Past President

      Sigma Theta Tau International

      • Donna Tydings, DNP, RN, CNS-BC – abstract reviewer

      National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) – WNY Members

      • Maureen Krenzer, MS, RN, ACNS-BC
      • Nancy Pictor, MS, RN – Secretary

      National Gerontological Nurses Association

      Lynn Bement, RN – Nominating Committee Member

      Nursing publications and presentations


      Genesee Valley Oncology Nurses Society: Podium Presentation

      • InterVol week-long experience working at the cancer treatment center for children in Dangriga, Belize: Judi Cuthbert, BSN, RN, OCN

      16th Annual NICHE Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2013: Poster Presentation

      • “Building, Evaluating and Sustaining the Geriatric Resource Nurse Model of Care to Improve Geriatric Outcomes”: Sue Nickoley, MS, RN, GCNS-BC

      The American Academy of Ambulatory Nursing (AAACN): Poster Presentation

      • “Front Line Tracer Groups: A Unique Approach to Performing Medical Office Tracers”: Andrea DeCola, BSN, RN-BC

      New York Emergency Nurse Association (NYENA): Poster Presentations

      • “Early Identification of Sepsis”: Mary Mahler RN, BSN and Shari McDonald RN, MSN
      • “Benefits of Certification”: Gwen Williams, MSN, RN, CEN, BC

      American Academy of Ambulatory Nursing View Point Publication

      • “The Medical Office Tracer: An Innovative Method for Quality Improvement”: Andrea DeCola, BSN, RN, BC and Kate McIntee, BS, MSM, RN

      17th Annual NICHE Conference, San Diego, CA: Podium Presentation

      • “Building and evaluating patient family education standards of excellence to improve geriatric outcomes”

      EPIC User Group Meeting – Fall Advisory Council

      • “Making the (Up)Grade: Conducting Training Needs Analysis”: Rizzo, E., RN; Quinn, Cheryl, RN, BSN

      HANYS and DOH in New York State: Podium Presentation

      • “Stroke Patient Education: A Story of Improvement”: Daansen, Patricia, RN, MS, CCRN-CMC, CNML; Beauchamp, Joan, RN, BS, NE-BC; Wood, Cheryl, ACNP, BC

      41st Annual Association for Professionals in Infection Control Conference: Poster Presentation

      • “Patient Safety Impact & Legislative Standards, Healthcare Worker Vaccination Rates: A Single Center Experience”: Calabria, Casey, CL, RN, BSN; Vignari, Michele, ML, RN, CIC; Yamshchikov, A.V., MD
      • “Utilizing a Hospital Point of Dispensing Architecture: Control of a Scabies Outbreak at an Acute Care Hospital”: Calabria, Casey, CL, RN, BSN; Vignari, Michele, ML, RN, CIC; Yamshchikov, A.V., MD


      Published Articles

      Donna M. Tydings, CNP, RN, CNS-BC

        • Tydings, D.M. (2014). Evaluation of a toolkit to assist with implementation of the “80/20” recommendation. Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(12), 647-652.
        • Sellers, K., Millenbach, L., Zittel, B., Tydings, D.M., Murray, C. (2014). Influence of RN BS education on nursing practice: Outcomes create a moral imperative for nurse leaders. Nurse Leader, 12(6), 28-32.

        Virginia K. Riggall, DNP, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN

        • Ouellette, E., McCarthy, S., & Riggall, V. (2014). EPI STAT- A Call to Action in New York. New York needs epinephrine available in all schools. JNPA The Journal: Public Policy & Practice News of The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, 4(3), 35-38.

        Sue Nickoley , MS, RN, GCNS-BC

        • Boltz, M., Capezuti, E., Shuluk, J. Brouwer, J., Carolan, D., Conway, S., DeRosa, S., LaReau, R., Lyons, D., Nickoley, S., Smith, T., Galvin, J. E. (2013). Implementation of Geriatric Acute Care Best Practices: Initial Results of The NICHE Site Self-Evaluation. Nursing and Health Sciences, 15 (4) 518-24. (publication)
        • Nickoley, S. (2013). Aligning NICHE and Magnet Initiatives. In L. Bub, M. Boltz, & E. Capezuti, (Eds.), NICHE Planning and Implementation Guide. New York: NYU. (publication)

        Meaghan Keenahan, RN, BSN

        • Keenahan, M. (2014). Does gum chewing prevent postoperative paralytic ileus?. Nursing 2014, 44(6), 1-2.

        Lori Dambaugh, DNP, CNS, RN; Margaret M. Ecklund, MS, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC

        • Dambaugh, Lori; Ecklund, Margaret M. Transitional Care: Assuring Evidence-Based Practice in Skilled Nursing Facilities.; November/December 2014

        Judy Kirk

        • Kirk, Judy; Dunker, Karen S. Dietary Counseling: The Ingredient for Successfully Addressing the Use of Herbal Supplements and Probiotics in Chronic Kidney Disease. Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, 2014 Jul; 21 (4): 377-84.

        Karen Daniels, RN

        • Daniels, Karen. Fighting bed alarm fatigue in orthopedic units. Nursing, 2014 Sep; 44 (9): 66-7. (6 ref)

        Casey Calabria, CL, RN, BSN; Michelle Vignari, ML, RN, CIC

        • Calabria, Casey L.; Vignari, Michelle; Yamshchikov, Alexandra. Impact of Patient Safety and Legislative Standards on Healthcare Worker Vaccination Rates: A Single Center Experience. American Journal of Infection Control (AM J INFECT CONTROL), 2014 Jun; 42: Supplement: S164.

        Casey Calabria; Michelle Vignari

        • Calabria, Casey L.; Vignari, Michelle; Yamshchikov, Alexandra. Utilizing a Hospital Point of Dispensing (HPOD) Architecture for Control of a Scabies Outbreak at an Acute Care Hospital. American Journal of Infection Control (AM J INFECT CONTROL), 2014 Jun; 42: Supplement: S156.

        Marilyn Brooks

        • Griswold, Carol H.; Nasso, Jacqueline T.; Swider, Susan; Ellison, Brenda R.; Griswold, Daniel L.; Brooks, Marilyn. The Prenatal Care at School Program. Journal of School Nursing (Sage Publications Inc.). (J SCH NURS (SAGE)), 2013 Jun; 29 (3): 196-203. (32 ref)

        Sally Sackett, BSN, RN, CAPA

        • Sackett, Sally. We Have Always Done It That Way! Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing (J PERIANESTH NURS), 2013 Jun; 28 (3): e39.

        Christine Barlow

        • Barlow, Christine M. What Does DNR/DNI Really Mean?. Nursing (NURSING), 2014 Aug; 44 (8): 65. (3 ref)