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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Nominates Three for Nurse of Distinction Awards

Posted on May 28, 2015

FAR ROCKAWAY, NY (MAY 12, 2015) – An Emergency Department nurse, a critical care nurse educator, and a staff nurse with a special interest in HIV/AIDS were St. John's Episcopal Hospital's nominees for the annual Nurse of Distinction awards sponsored by the 1199/SEIU League of Voluntary Hospitals. All three nurses were nominated by their peers at St. John's and were honored at the Nurse of Distinction awards dinner on May 11 at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge.

Alex Pascual, RN, of Valley Stream, the hospital's nominee for the Preceptor award, has practiced nursing for 22 years and leads a night-shift team on the hospital's very busy Emergency Department (ED). Mr. Pascual is described as "an excellent preceptor and mentor of both new nurses and senior nurses who transfer to the ED." He is known for having an "amazing level of determination," which helps ensure that every nurse under his guidance succeeds in his or her new role. As a preceptor, regularly emphasizes the "why" behind every clinical intervention.

Born, raised and educated in the Philippines, Mr. Pascual was recruited to St. John's in 2005 and relocated with his family to the United States during a nursing shortage. He says, "The ED is my passion because the patients presenting are in acute need of safe, timely and quality care."

Eumni Kim, BSN, M.Div, PhD, a resident of Hewlett, was the hospital's nominee for the Nurse Leader award. Although she joined St. John's only three years ago, Ms. Kim has already made a tremendous impact. A seasoned nurse with more than 40 years of experience as a clinician and educator, Ms. Kim is well-known among her peers for her vast knowledge base and ability to translate nursing theories and objectives into clinical practice. She currently serves as educator for the hospital's Emergency Department, Intensive Care, Coronary Care, and Telemetry Units.

Ms. Kim is also known as a consistent advocate for the hospital's nurses, providing encouragement to advance their education, become certified in their specialties and attend conferences to remain current on the latest best practices. At St. John's she also spearheaded a "New Grad to ED" program and assured cross-training of nurses who were displaced by closure of the hospital's Chemical Dependency Unit. Ms. Kim also participates in research, including the CLABSI(Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection) initiative and sepsis campaigns with the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA).

Latoya Maragh, BSN, RN, MSN, MPH, a resident of Springfield Gardens, was the hospital's nominee for the Nurse of Distinction Award. Ms. Maragh joined St. John's in 2008, following her graduation from Plattsburgh State University. A staff nurse on a medical-surgical unit, Ms. Maragh is deeply committed to improving public health and outreach to HIV-positive patients, an interest which led to an internship at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as part of her studies toward an MSN/MPH degree at CUNY Hunter College.

Ms. Maragh was nominated in recognition of the genuine concern she has for her patients as well as her committed to promoting growth, competence and critical thinking among her colleagues at St. John's. She exemplifies the core values of the hospital – respect, professionalism, compassion, teamwork and responsibility.

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