On May 5th, 2011, Laura Andrews and Deborah Fahs were honored at the Oakdale Theatre, receiving the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, a program originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut (VNA/SCC) to be a collaborative effort to celebrate outstanding nurses and elevate the nursing profession. The goals of the program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.
Laura Andrews is an assistant professor in the Adult Advanced Practice Nursing specialty track at Yale School of Nursing. She also has clinical responsibilities as a senior Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the department of Critical Care Medicine; while at the same time manages the Medical Rapid Response Team at the Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain. Dr. Andrews received her Ms and PhD in Nursing from the University of Connecticut. Between clinical and teaching Dr. Andrews is an active volunteer if the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Deborah Fahs is one of Yale University School of Nursing's professors teaching the Graduate Pre-Specialty in the Nursing Program. She has taught in many different institutions but joined the Yale community in 2007. Students regard her as a gifted educator; a source of comfort as students encounters different obstacles. Her teaching style varies; ranging from simulation, lecture, seminar, and clinical precepting formats. Fahs has her BSN from the University of Virginia, her MSN at Southern Connecticut State University, and her post – masters from Pace University.
In a related story, recent graduate Melissa Kurtz '11 received the 2011 Nightingale Scholarship. Read more.
The Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Nursing are non-competitive and inclusive of all health care settings - hospitals, home health care, health centers, schools, health departments, long-term care facilities, nursing schools, agencies, and medical practices. Their employers may nominate Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners who demonstrate excellence for recognition if they are involved in clinical practice, leadership, scholarship, and/or education.
To learn more about nominating a nurse, visit www.nightingalenursingawards.org/newhaven.