Monmouth Medical Center recently presented two nurses with the Maysie Stroock Nursing Education Award, an honor that recognizes nurses who exemplify the finest in patient care and excellence. The award was established by the late Stroock, a longtime hospital trustee.
Monmouth Medical Center employees Kaitlyn Petrillo, RN, BSN, staff nurse in the Operating Room, and Maren Haughey, assistant clinical director of Labor and Delivery, both of whom have demonstrated leadership skills and initiative in their positions, are the recipients of this year’s award. Petrillo, of Colts Neck, and Haughey, of Keyport, were selected by the family of Maysie Strook and will each receive a $1,500 scholarship to be used toward education to further their health care careers.
Petrillo, who is working toward obtaining a master’s degree in nursing at Monmouth University, started her health care career in the Operating Room at Monmouth Medical Center in 2015. After completing the Clinical Entry to Practice (CEP) program for novice nurses, Petrillo recommended the implementation of a mentorship program for nurses starting the CEP program. The program is designed to match current CEP program participants with recent graduates of the program in order to foster growth, relationships and achievement of goals, with the ultimate aim of improving clinical practice and developing teamwork with the operating room and among new staff members.
Haughey started her career with Barnabas Health 10 years ago as a nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Barnabas Medical Center. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2001 and is working toward a master’s degree in nursing administration. In 2015, participated in the inaugural corporate succession planning program and currently serves as chairperson of the Maternal/Child shared governance committee where she has focused on bringing evidenced-based practice changes to her unit through a shared governance model.
Haughey also set a precedent of community outreach by raising funds and encouraging group participation from her division for the 2016 March of Dimes Walk.