Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing Dean Dr. Joanne Masella, Assistant Professor of Nursing Christine Brooks and senior nursing student Richter VanVuuren have been nominated for Nursing Distinction Awards, presented by the Palm Healthcare Foundation.
|PBA Assistant Professor of Nursing Christine Brooks (from left), School of Nursing Dean Dr. Joanne Masella and senior nursing student Richter VanVuuren have been nominated for Nursing Distinction Awards, presented by the Palm Healthcare Foundation.|
Dr. Masella has been nominated for the Leadership Award. This award goes to a registered nurse working full-time in administration, management or higher education in Palm Beach County. Nominees exemplify the true meaning of a leader. The award is based on academic, professional and community service accomplishments.
Dr. Masella joined PBA in 2008 and has more 30 years of nursing experience in Palm Beach County. She came to Palm Beach County in 1975 to begin nursing practice at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach. Over a 20-year period she served in various positions related to clinical and education.
In 1995, Dr. Masella became a member of the full-time nursing faculty at Palm Beach State College, serving as professor, department chair and later program director there before becoming dean of nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic.
Dr. Masella is a diploma graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Florida Atlantic University along with an adult nurse practitioner certification. Her doctorate is from Nova Southeastern University with specialization in healthcare education.
Brooks is a nominee for Nurse Educator of the Year. This award is presented to a registered nurse working as a nurse educator in an academic or healthcare setting in Palm Beach County.
Brooks joined the PBA faculty in 2006, and before that she worked as a family nurse practitioner in private practice. She also has experience working in adult critical care as a staff nurse. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree from Kennesaw State University.
VanVuuren is a nominee for Nursing Student of the Year. This award goes to a nursing student enrolled in an RN or LPN program in Palm Beach County.
He was nominated based on his academic performance, his service in the School of Nursing as a student tutor and his commitment to the community through his church. VanVuuren will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and he has maintained a strong A average while completing his nursing degree.
All of the nominees will be recognized at the Palm Healthcare Foundation and The Palm Beach Post’s 2011 Nursing Distinction Ceremony on May 6 at The Breakers in Palm Beach.
The ninth annual awards program will honor eight outstanding nurses in Palm Beach County. The award winners are chosen on the basis of dedication to excellence in an area of expertise beyond the scope of their jobs, commitment to the profession of nursing and a sense of community.
One registered nurse will be selected from the category winners for the Palm Healthcare Foundation and Palm Beach Post’s 2011 Nurse of the Year award. The recipient will receive a grand prize of $1,000 and a two-night stay at The Breakers Palm Beach.