SYRACUSE — St. Joseph’s Health celebrated National Nurses’ Day May 6 at the hospital, featuring the annual Nurses Day Awards ceremony. The awards recognize nurses who are nominated by their peers for their outstanding performance of nursing practice, nursing leadership and nursing education.
Exactly 167 years ago, on May 6, 1849, was the commissioning day for St. Joseph’s Hospital. And on that day, according to hospital officials, St. Marianne Cope stepped into the role of the first nurse for the hospital on what would have been Nurses Day.
The nursing practice award recognizes a nurse involved in direct patient care who is seen by peers as one who contributes to the advancement of nursing practice and demonstrates strength of character, commitment and competence. This year’s winner is Annette Kuss, RN. Kuss has been a St. Joseph’s nurse for 50 years. She is a coordinator in the Cardiology Lab.
Martha Austin, RN, received the nursing leadership award, which recognizes a nurse leader who demonstrates exceptional leadership, guidance and service to St. Joseph’s and the profession of nursing. Austin has been the Nurse Manager at St. Joseph’s Primary Care Center-West since 2012, overseeing the Westside Family Health Center, Maternal Child Health Center OB/GYN and Pediatric Offices.
The nursing education award was presented to Mary Anne Wall, RN, MS, who was recognized as a nurse who mentors and teaches nursing practice excellence and collaboration. Wall has worked at St. Joseph’s as a staff educator for more than 20 years, and has served as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care since 2011.