RWJUH Somerset Honors Piscataway Nurse as Magnet Nurse of the Year

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, honored Maisy Koshy, BSN, RN, CCRN, of Piscataway, as its Magnet Nurse of the Year. The award was presented during the hospital’s annual Nurse Excellence and Scholarship Awards Program held during National Nurses Week.

Koshy is a nurse in the hospital’s Post Anesthesia Care Unit. During her 39-year tenure at the hospital, she has also worked in the hospital’s Critical Care and Medical/Surgical units.

She was nominated as Nurse of the Year for her compassion and empathy, effective communication with patients and colleagues and dedication to ongoing nursing education and professional development.

“Maisy is an outstanding nurse who provides exemplary support of nursing services,” said Conchita Macaro, RN-BC, BSN, interim nurse manager, Post Anesthesia Care Unit. “Her dedication to patient-centered care, effective communication, collaboration and ongoing education makes her an asset to RWJBarnabas Health. Maisy’s commitment to excellence sets a high standard for all nurses and her contributions to nursing are an inspiration to us all.”

The following awards were also presented at the Nurse Excellence Awards in the hospital’s Fuld Auditorium:

  • Professional Development & Magnet Enculturation Scholarship Awards:
    • Rosita Baker, BSN, RN, RNC-LRNN, Labor and Delivery
    • Ann Nampaso, BSN, RN, 5-West
  • Lynn Kearney Memorial Scholarship Awards:
    • Urenna Colaire, BSN, RN , Center for Professional Development, Innovation and Research
    • Jazmin Cruz, MSN, RN, RN-BC, Center for Professional Development, Innovation and Research
    • Brianna Davis, 1- East
    • Liza Davidov, BSN, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Unit
    • Melanie Mallari, 1-East
    • Joseph Naples, ASN, RN, CEN, Emergency Department
    • Caitlyn Paglia, BSN, RN, CCRN, Critical Care Unit
    • Oscar Zubieta, 2-East, Cardiac Pavilion
  • Nursing Technician/ Technologist: Kwadwo Brako, Oncology
  • Community Outreach Award: Rosemarie Gungon, BSN, RN, Eating Disorders Unit
  • Friend of Nursing : John Perone, Facilities
  • Advanced Practice Provider Award: Martha Kelly, MSN, APN, RN, ACNP-BC, Allied Health Professionals and House Coverage
  • Transformational Leadership Award: Eileen Allen, MSN, RN, RN-BC, Magnet/Quality
  • Structural Empowerment Award: 4-West Unit Based Practice Council
  • Exemplary Professional Practice Award: Heather De Bari, BSN, RN, RNC-OB, Labor and Delivery
  • New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements Award: Maria Potestas, BSN, RN, CCRN, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

In addition, the hospital recognized its 2022-2023 Nurse Residency Program graduates: Emily Demouth, BSN, RN, Endoscopy; Alexandria Friar, BSN, RN, 2-East Cardiac Pavilion; Amanda Rodriguez, BSN, RN, Critical Care; and Stephen Valvano, BSN, RN, Emergency Department.

RWJUH Somerset has earned Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center – the nation’s most prestigious nursing honor – three times. Its more than 700 nurses serve in various roles throughout the hospital, including inpatient, surgical and emergency care, behavioral health, outpatient services, care management, education, clinical research, infection prevention, quality improvement, patient experience, patient navigation services, information technology services, community outreach and administration.

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