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School of Nursing Hooding Ceremony and Commencement Awards

The following awards were presented at the School of Nursing's 2017 Hooding Ceremony and Commencement Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Doctoral Awards

Lavinia Lloyd Dock Award for Scholarly Writing

Christine McNulty Buckley (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs Margaret Hamilton Sipe
Christine McNulty Buckley (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs Margaret Hamilton Sipe

Christine McNulty Buckley '17 is the 2017 recipient of the Lavinia Lloyd Dock Award for Scholarly Writing from the School of Nursing.

First awarded 2009: Lavinia Lloyd Dock was one of the earliest nurse leaders to contribute substantially to the nursing literature. She served as the first foreign editor of The American Journal of Nursing and authored one of the seminal nursing textbooks of the late 19th century: Materia Medica for Nurses (1890). Among her other contributions were Hygiene and Morality (1907), and A History of Nursing (4 Volumes, 2 with Adelaide Nutting).

This award honors Dock’s commitment to advancing nursing knowledge through scholarly writing and is awarded to the DNP student who has best evidenced this ability throughout the DNP program. 

Master's Awards

Harriet Towle Excellence in
Clinical Nursing Practice Award 

Stephanie Allard Chiappa (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Director of the Advanced Practice Graduate and CAS Programs Patricia Reidy
Stephanie Allard Chiappa (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Director of the Advanced Practice Graduate and CAS Programs Patricia Reidy

Stephanie Allard Chiappa is the 2017 recipient of the Harriet Towle Excellence in Clinical Nursing Practice Award from the School of Nursing.

This award was established in 1989 by the nursing faculty. In 2006, the award was renamed in memory of Harriet Towle, a 1910 graduate of the MGH School of Nursing and is given annually to a student whom the faculty has selected and who has met several criteria, including documented evidence of clinical judgment and caring and demonstrated initiative and leadership in practice.

The recipient must demonstrate respect and empathy for others, enthusiasm, and intellectual curiosity, and be perceived as articulate, conscientious, and patient. 

Rebecca Colvin Prize

Benjamin Yu (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Director of the Advanced Practice Graduate and CAS Programs Patricia Reidy
Benjamin Yu (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Director of the Advanced Practice Graduate and CAS Programs Patricia Reidy

Benjamin Yu is the 2017 recipient of the Rebecca Colvin Prize from the School of Nursing.

First awarded 1996, this prize was established by Mr. and Mrs. George Herzlinger to commemorate the life of Rebecca Colvin, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Colvin, who died during her sophomore year at Princeton. The prize is awarded annually to a student in recognition of the development of an exceptional scholarly project. Exceptional writing and scholarly integration of theory and research, as well as application to advanced practice nursing, are recognized. The four criteria used in the selection include originality, contribution to advanced practice nursing, quality, and scholarly value. Mrs. Colvin '64 is an alumna.

Josephine Mangio Keaveney Memorial Nursing Prize

Neuza Barros Fernandes (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Director of the Advanced Practice Graduate and CAS Programs Patricia Reidy
Neuza Barros Fernandes (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Director of the Advanced Practice Graduate and CAS Programs Patricia Reidy

Neuza Barros Fernandes is the 2017 recipient of the Josephine Mangio Keaveney Memorial Nursing Prize from the School of Nursing.

First awarded 2003, this prize was established by Madeline M. Keaveney to honor her mother, Mrs. Josephine E. Keaveney, a 1940 graduate of the MGH School of Nursing. Mrs. Keaveney, who worked as a nurse at MGH for several years, later taught LPNs at Pondville State Hospital in Walpole, MA. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student from the RN post-professional program who best exemplifies the caring, spirit, and professionalism of Mrs. Josephine E. Keaveney.

Exceptional Advanced Practice Clinician and Mentor Award

Sarah C. Rossmassler (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Innovation Linda Andrist
Sarah C. Rossmassler (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Innovation Linda Andrist

Sarah C. Rossmassler, MS, ANP-BC, ACHPN '01 is the 2017 recipient of the Exceptional Advanced Practice Clinician and Mentor Award from the School of Nursing.

First awarded in 2007, this award honors a distinguished role model and teacher who demonstrates excellence as an advanced practice clinician and educator. A student-nominated award at the advanced practice level, it provides an opportunity to recognize the individual who combines expert patient care, teaching theoretical concepts, and advanced clinical skills to students in the advanced practice role. This award is presented to those who personify the skills of an expert advanced practice clinician, including evidence-based practice, caring, role modeling, teaching, and compassion. 

Judith A. Fong Nursing Faculty Prize

Megan R. Mays (r) with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Innovation Linda Andrist
Megan R. Mays (r) with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Program Innovation Linda Andrist

Megan R. Mays, MS, WHNP-BC, ANP-BC '05 is the 2017 recipient of the Judith A. Fong Nursing Faculty Prize from the School of Nursing.

First awarded in 2007, This prize was established in 2006 through the generosity of Richard Bressler and Judith A. Fong, a 1968 graduate of the MGH School of Nursing and a current Trustee, to recognize and reward extraordinary clinical excellence by a nursing preceptor. Recipients have demonstrated distinction in the role of mentor to one or more students in the nursing program, and model clinical excellence in nursing practice. The award further recognizes the preceptor who identifies the teaching role as core to professional nursing responsibilities, incorporates principles of adult specific teaching/learning theories, demonstrates recognition of individual student learning needs, and is flexible and seeks out opportunities to help students learn and adapt to the clinical nurse role.

DAISY Faculty Award

Jason R. Lucey (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs Margaret Hamilton Sipe
Jason R. Lucey (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Interim Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs Margaret Hamilton Sipe

Jason R. Lucey, MSN, RN, FNP-BC and Eleonor Pusey-Reid, DNP, MEd, RN, CCRN are the 2017 and 2016  recipients respectively of the DAISY Faculty Award from the School of Nursing.

First awarded at the Institute in 2016, DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. The DAISY Foundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). The nursing care Patrick received when hospitalized profoundly touched his family. The family recalled the skillful and compassionate care Patrick received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. They wanted to say “thank you” to nurses everywhere by establishing a recognition program - The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses.

The Foundation's programs celebrate nurses and the compassion they provide to patients and families, reflecting all that is positive about their work in a way that is especially meaningful to nurses. The Foundation established the DAISY Faculty Award® to recognize dedicated nursing faculty who have profound impact on the future practice of their students through their commitment and inspirational influence. There are now over 2,100 healthcare organizations in 15 countries, committed to honoring their nurses with The DAISY Award!

The MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing has established a DAISY Faculty Award in memory of Dr. Lena Sorensen.

Accelerated Baccalaureate Awards

Faculty and Student Recognition for
Outstanding Leadership Award

(l-r) Dean Inez Tuck, Julia Ellen Wagner, MGH School of Nursing Alumna Margery Eramo '57, and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey
(l-r) Dean Inez Tuck, Julia Ellen Wagner, MGH School of Nursing Alumna Margery Eramo '57, and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey

Jennifer Francesca Kesselman '17 and Julia Ellen Wagner '17 are the 2017 recipients of the Faculty and Student Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Award from the School of Nursing.

First awarded in 2009, this award is given to students graduating from the accelerated baccalaureate nursing program who has been identified by peers and faculty as demonstrating outstanding class leadership.

Faculty Recognition for Academic/Clinical Excellence

Hannah Rose Brickley (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey
Hannah Rose Brickley (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey

Johannes Mosquera Wilson (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey
Johannes Mosquera Wilson (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey

Hannah Rose Brickley '17 and Johannes Mosquera Wilson '17 are the 2017 recipients of the Faculty Recognition for Academic/Clinical Excellence from the School of Nursing

This award is given to students graduating from the accelerated baccalaureate nursing program (ABSN) with an outstanding grade point average and the strongest faculty recommendations attesting to overall academic and clinical achievement. 

Miriam "Mim" J. Huggard, SON '31 Nursing Scholarship

(l-r) Dean Inez Tuck, Anthony Paul Albina, MGH School of Nursing Alumna Margery Eramo '57, and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey
(l-r) Dean Inez Tuck, Anthony Paul Albina, MGH School of Nursing Alumna Margery Eramo '57, and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey

Anthony Paul Albina is the 2017 recipient of the Miriam "Mim" J. Huggard Scholarship from the School of Nursing.

First awarded in 2009: Sponsored by the MGH Nurses' Alumnae Association (NAA) in memory and in honor of her work and dedication to both the MGH and the NAA, this scholarship award is given to a student in the Accelerated BSN program at the start of his/her last semester. This student will have demonstrated exemplary clinical skills during the first three semesters of the program and will have worked at the MGH prior to enrollment in the Accelerated Baccalaureate Program. The recipient shall also embody the core values that made Mim an exceptional nurse, leader, and mentor.

Loyd Nichols Staats Scholarship

(l-r) Dean Inez Tuck, Julia Ellen Wagner, and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey
(l-r) Dean Inez Tuck, Julia Ellen Wagner, and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey

Julia Ellen Wagner is the 2017 recipient of the Loyd Nichols Staats Scholarship Award from the School of Nursing.

First awarded in 2009: Established under the aegis of the MGH Nurses' Alumnae Association (NAA) Endowed Fund at the MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing, the funding for this scholarship was derived from the 1996 estate of Mary Hortense Staats, MGH School of Nursing Class of 1937. The scholarship is named to honor the memory of Loyd Nichols Staats, Mary's brother, who died at the young age of one year. It is awarded annually to an Accelerated BSN student in recognition of excellence in the theory and practice of nursing.

Wetherill Award

Bruna Miranda Moro (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey
Bruna Miranda Moro (c) with Dean Inez Tuck (l) and Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey

(l-r) Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey and Sally Ann VanderPloeg

(l-r) Program Director of the Prelicensure/Generalist Programs Suellen Breakey and Sally Ann VanderPloeg

Bruna Miranda Moro and Sally Ann VanderPloeg are the 2017 recipients of the Wetherill Award from the School of Nursing.

First awarded in 2015: Established at the McLean Hospital School of Nursing in 1936 and subsequently transferred to the MGH School of Nursing, the award was established with a gift from E. Stanley Abbott in memory of Marion Wetherill Abbott and her mother. The award is presented to two or more members of the graduating class who have been the most actuated throughout their course by the spirit of thoughtfulness for others or to have most developed that spirit while in the school.

Alumni Award

Emerging Leader Alumni Award

Kelly Brush Davisson '13 is the 2017 recipient of the Emerging Leader Alumni Award from MGH Institute of Health Professions.

The Emerging Leader Alumni Award, established in 2010 by the MGH Institute Board of Trustees, recognizes the accomplishments of an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the health professions and the drive to develop innovative, effective, and responsible health care practices. This award is open to all alumni who have graduated with their first professional degree from any Institute academic program within the past ten years.