Two YSN faculty members, Jessica Coviello and Mikki Meadows-Oliver, were recently selected as winners of the 2009 Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence in Connecticut. This program, begun many years ago by the VNA of South Central Connecticut, honors nurses who make special contributions to patient care. Also in connection with this program, a member of YSN's Class of 2009, Pennilee West, was awarded one of five Nightingale Scholarships in recognition of her potential as a practicing nurse upon graduation.
As an Assistant Professor and widely sought after clinical expert in cardiac rehabilitation, Jessica's reputation and accessibility as a clinical scholar in the care of patients with heart failure has led to positive patient outcomes on local, state, and national levels. She provides excellent care to her own patients and serves as a role model for her students.
Mikki has been described as a "rising star" by virtue of her vast experience in caring for at-risk young urban families and children. Her strong clinical and leadership skills extend beyond the greater New Haven area, as she has become a key player in establishing a clinical/scholarly exchange program between the Yale University School of Nursing and the community of Managua, Nicaragua. In addition to her regular teaching and practice responsibilities she serves on the board of the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.