St. Francis Hospital Nurse Takes Top Honor for Nursing Excellence
The Garden City resident was cited for challenging herself and her staff “to put their heart into cancer care every day.” With more than 30 years of experience as an oncology nurse, Dwyer said she realized early on in her career that this patient population needed and deserved highly skilled nursing care. To ensure this, her unit achieved 100 percent oncology nursing certification as a result of her leadership and guidance.
A true advocate for her patients and their families, Dwyer has encouraged her staff to join her in many fundraising activities, such as charity walks and runs. “My goal for the infusion center is to offer individualized care with a multidisciplinary approach, along with compassion and, most importantly, a personalized touch,” said Dwyer.
“Nurses are considered the backbone of our hospital,” said Ann Cella, RN, senior vice president of patient care service and chief nursing officer of St. Francis. “Eileen epitomizes what every nurse should aspire to be, a constant advocate for providing the very best in patient care.”
The NSHC’s annual salute to nurses is fashioned after the New York State Legislature’s Nurses of Distinction Program, which ended in 1995. NSHC is one of the few hospital associations in the state to continue this program voluntarily. It is now in its 21st year. For more information about the program and a full listing of nominees, visit www.nshc.org.