Four local nurses, including a Mount alum, were honored at the 18th Leadership in Nursing Awards program held by the College of Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at the Drees Pavilion in Covington. The four nurses were recognized in the categories as “Alumni Nurse Leader,” “Distinguished Nurse Administrator,” “Distinguished Nurse Educator,” and “Lifetime Achievement in Nursing.” Since 1996, 69 nursing leaders, representing 28 institutions and agencies, have been honored as recipients of these prestigious awards.
This year’s award winners include:
• Distinguished Alumni Nurse Leader- Jacquelyn Patton Mayer ’67, M.S.N., R.N., began her career as a first staff nurse on a medical surgical floor at St. Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas, Ky. She then took a faculty position at Good Samaritan School of Nursing and taught there until June 2013. Most recently, she served as a volunteer for the Healthy Women, Healthy Lives program which provides health screenings and support to the uninsured.
• Distinguished Nurse Administrator- Barbara Tofani, R.N., M.S.N., has skillfully directed patient care to operations management of multiple clinical services with over 33 years of experience. She is currently the assistant vice president of patient services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. In this role she focuses on patient and employee safety while also focusing on improving clinical systems in Perioperative Services.
• Distinguished Nurse Educator- Patricia A. Koral ’76, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.E., began her academic career in pediatrics, maternity and community health and then expanded to teaching every course within the nursing curriculum. She received her diploma in nursing from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing where she is currently an associate professor. She received her B.S.N., from the Mount and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program.
• Lifetime Achievement in Nursing- Jane Swaim, M.S., R.N., is the former senior vice president and chief nursing officer for St. Elizabeth Healthcare. During her tenure there, the organization was one of three hospitals in the nation to win three honors: Magnet status, America’s Best Hospitals and Top 100 Hospitals. She contributed to this by establishing a regional diabetic/endocrine center, merging two acute care hospitals and opening a women’s cardiac center. She received her B.S.N. from Xavier University and her M.S.N. degrees in nursing administration from The Ohio State University.
Susan Wajert, dean of the division of health sciences, said, “The Leadership in Nursing Awards Program is an event to congratulate the award recipients as well as to honor the profession and longstanding history of nursing.” Funds generated by community and corporate support of this program are used to provide scholarships to senior nursing students who have demonstrated leadership, academic achievement and service during their college experience.
This year’s LNAP program event sponsor is Mercy Health. Corporate sponsors include The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Galen College of Nursing, Good Samaritan College of Nursing, SC Ministry Foundation, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, TriHealth, and The Urology Group.