Employees September 17, 2009
Two nurses receive Virginia Henderson Award
Susan Sousa, RN, and Jayne Ryzewski, RN, Center for Professional Practice Excellence (CPPE), recently received the hospital’s Virginia Henderson Award. This award is presented to nurses who exemplify the work of the foremost American nurse of the 20th century, Virginia Henderson. Henderson, who was associated with the Yale School of Nursing from 1953 to 1971, was an educator, researcher, writer and speaker, known internationally for her humane and holistic approach to patient care.
Award recipients are nominated by their peers based on specific criteria and reviewed by the Nurse Awards and Recognition Committee. The finalists are confirmed by Sue Fitzsimons, RN, senior vice president, Patient Services.
Sousa, certified in wound, ostomy and continence, has worked at Yale- New Haven for more than 25 years.
She graduated from Southern Con- Two nurses recieve Virginia Henderson Award Ryzewski, clinical nurse specialist for rehabilitation/skin, has worked at Yale-New Haven for more than 40 years. She graduated from the Grace-New Haven School of Nursing and received her BSN and MSN from the Catholic University of America.
"Susan Sousa and Jayne Ryzewski are passionate about sharing their knowledge and forming partnerships with the patient, family or other providers in order to achieve optimal independence for their patients," said Lisa Rioux, RN, General Medicine Unit (9-7), and chair of the Nurse Awards and Recognition Committee. "Both nurses challenge the status quo and are considered champions for the development of nursing professionalism. Both reflect the values and commitment of Virginia Henderson."
Nurse Awards and Recognition seeks nominees for the Virginia Henderson Award twice a year. Information and nomination forms are available on the nursing web site.