NEW YORK NURSE: November 2009
Public health nurse Jean Heady was honored recently by the Foundation of New York State Nurses for decades of service to the profession and the residents of north central New York State. At a dinner held at the Bonnie Castle Resort, Alexandria Bay, Heady’s friends and family were on hand to celebrate as she was given a plaque by Foundation President Joan Madden Wilson. Heady is respected nationwide for her advocacy of rural health nursing.
Her clinical investigations into the 1993 meningococcal outbreak in Jefferson County, New York, were considered significant in the field of nursing research. Heady’s previous awards include the NYSNA Legislative Award, the Home Care Association of New York State Ruth F. Wilson Award, and the American Nurses Association Pearl McIver Award for Public Health Nursing.
Juanita Reyes-Tineo, a wound care specialist/medical practice nurse and day health center nurse at Comprehensive Care Management Corporation in New York City, recently co-authored an article, “Put Your Best Foot Forward,” which was published in Advance for Long-Term Care Management. The article focused on foot care, monitoring, and treatment to avoid complications from diabetes. Reyes-Tineo, who has worked for Beth Abraham Family of Health Services for 15 years also was featured in a recent issue of Advance for Nurses. It detailed how observing patients with untreated wounds, both in her native Puerto Rico and the U.S., motivated her to become certified in wound care. Working mostly with arterial, venal, and diabetic wounds, she describes herself as a hands-on practitioner. “I need to feel those wounds… I need to see them. It is not just what the other nurses tell me. I have to be there for the patient,” she says.
Mary Trolio, who has worked at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady for more than 20 years, was recently elected president of the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. The chapter was founded in 2000, with the primary purpose of fostering the mission of the American Society of Pain Management Nursing: “to advance and promote optimal nursing care for people affected by pain by promoting best nursing practice. This is accomplished through education, standards, advocacy, and research.” The chapter is involved in educational programs, fundraising, networking and expanding and sharing knowledge in order to provide the best possible pain management for patients.