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Lori Armstrong, MS, RN, vice president of nursing and patient care services at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, New York, NY, was elected president of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) for 2008-09. Formed in 1984, NANN includes more than 7,500 members.

A member of NANN for 15 years, Armstrong has served on its board for the past 6 years as adirector at-large. As president, she will lead the executive board, developing strategies and goals that support the entire membership and focus on improving the health and well-being of infants and their families.

"We set the standard for neonatal nursing professional practice," said Armstrong, who joined Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital last year. "We strive to be the voice of neonatal nursing professionals. One of the ways we do that is by setting policy and standards based on the evidence and best practices in neonatal care."

The New Jersey Organization of Nurse Executives (ONE/NJ) recognized the following nurse leaders for their accomplishments to nursing with various awards:

Ann Logan, PhD, APRN-BC, NEA-BC, senior vice president/chief nurse educator at Solaris Health System, Edison, NJ, received the Distinguished Service Award;

Maureen Schneider, MSN, RN, senior vice president of clinical operations at Somerset Medical Center, Somerset, NJ, received the Nurse Executive Award;

Kathleen Kaminsky, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of clinical effectiveness at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, NJ, received the Divisional Leader Award;

Amy Doran, MS, APN-C, assistant vice president at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ, received the Nurse Leader Award; and

Kathy Faber, MSN, RN, clinical nurse leader at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ, received the Aspiring Nurse Leader Award.

The ONE/NJ also elected new nurses to its board, including: Kim Kelly, MS, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of clinical services at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, NJ; and Kathi Kendall-Sengin, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, vice president of nursing at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ.

Five nurses from Long Island College Hospital (LICH), Brooklyn, NY, received Thomas and Elizabeth Butson Awards for Clinical Excellence and Compassionate Nursing Practice.

This year's winning nurses were: Sonia Taylor, RN, CDE, surgical nurse; Myra Villanueva, RN, mother/baby nurse; Elaina Gatto, RN, emergency department nurse; and Verona Henry, RN, staff nurse in the medical ambulatory unit. Lucia Mancuso, RN, oncology nurse, was this year's recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Excellence Award.

Elizabeth Butson presents the awards in memory of her husband, Thomas, who received his medical care at LICH.

"The ceremony recognizes and celebrates nursing in general, and validates for all of us our choice of this profession," said Catherine Gallogly-Simon, MS, RN, CCRN, vice president of nursing.

Mary Ellen Clyne, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, was appointed chief operating officer and vice president for patient care services at Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, NJ.

Clyne has served as vice president for patient care services since 1999. She is a PhD candidate in nursing at the College of Nursing at Seton Hall University, East Orange, NJ, where she has also taught since 2000. In addition, she is a fellow for the Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Nursing Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

She obtained her master's of science in nursing administration and her bachelor's of science in nursing from Seton Hall University. She attended the Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing and received her associate's degree from Union County College, Union, NJ.

Pat Mezzina, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, was named clinical director of Specialty Hospital at Monmouth, Long Branch, NJ.

With 22 years of nursing experience, Mezzina served as nurse manager of a 54-bed med/surg unit at Hoboken University Medical Center for 8 years before joining Specialty Hospital at Monmouth. Before that, she was a nurse manager of a 36-bed unit for patients with complex care needs at Elizabeth General Medical Center, Elizabeth, NJ.

Movin' On Up features nurses who have earned awards, promotions or made a contribution to their fellow RNs. If you'd like to be included in this feature, e-mail Lyn McCafferty at

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