Nurse Excellence Awards

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital presents Nurse Excellence Awards to individuals and groups whose contributions reflect our ongoing commitment to upholding the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s standards for the Magnet Recognition Program. Members of the Nurse Excellence Awards Review Panel include staff nurses from our Magnet Ambassador Council, advanced practice providers, and nurse leaders from the Nurse Executive Council.

2020 Nurse Excellence Awards Recipients

Transformational Leadership

Marlene Thompson, BSN, MHA, RN, CNML
Bariatric Surgery

Structural Empowerment

Perioperative Quality Committee

Exemplary Professional Practice

Samantha Knieser, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNIII
Neurocritical Care Unit

New Knowledge, Innovations, and Improvements

Lauren Richards, BSN, RN, IBCLC, CNIII
Labor & Delivery

Magnet Nurse of the Year

Juanita D’Souza, BSN, RN, CCRN, CNII
Pediatric ICU

Virginia H. Joseph Award (Community Service)

Stacey Cacchione, BSN, RN, CPEN, CNII
Pediatric ED

Friend of Nursing

Daniel Di Giorgio
Patient Transport

Mary O’Brien, RRT, AC-E
Respiratory Therapy

Advanced Practice Provider

Olivia Nicastro, MSN, RN, APN, ACNP-BC
Medical ICU Advanced Practice Providers

Devon Orzano, MSN, ACNP-BC, SCRN
Comprehensive Stroke Center

Nursing Technician/Technologist

Iris Vasquez
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