Griffin Hospital celebrated its nurses with a recent Nurses’ Week luncheon and awards ceremony. There were nurses from Shelton who were honored.

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Amy Jones of Shelton, earned the hospital’s Outstanding Nurse of the Year Award. The 11-year employee started working at Griffin Hospital as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department where she showed sound clinical judgment and excellent assessment skills, quickly earning the role of charge nurse. In 2011, Jones was promoted to administrative nursing supervisor on the 3-11 p.m. shift. She also serves as a patient advocate and continues to advance her career by studying to become a nurse practitioner.

Kate Topazio, of Shelton, was named a 2014 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing winner and earned the hospital’s Mary Schumacher Leadership Award. Originally developed by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, the Nightingale Award celebrates outstanding nurses and elevates the nursing profession. The goals of the Nightingale Award program are to encourage retention, inspire future nurses, focus public attention and recognize the breadth and scope of nursing practice at the local level.

The celebration also recognized these Shelton residents: Sonia Nadon with the Marie Santini Perioperative Nursing Excellence Award and Jennifer Henry, with the Donald Torok Memorial Scholarship.