WellSpan nurses are finalists for prestigious Pa. award

Alyssa Jackson

Three WellSpan nurses, two of whom work at York Hospital, will be honored Nov. 4 as finalists for the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania.

The organization that presents the awards is a nonprofit in the state. Its goal is to recruit and train nursing professionals, according to its website. There are nine categories for the awards, and this year the organization received more than 100 nominations.

Kay Bozart, top left, Mary Ann Jurewicz, top right, Brend Artz, bottom left and Emily Huggins, bottom right pose during a reception at WellSpan York Hospital to honor their Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania Nominations.

Brenda Artz, a clinical nurse specialist at WellSpan York Hospital, and Emily Huggins, manager of the forensic nurse examiner program at WellSpan York Hospital, are two finalists among 25 others. Kay Bozart, director of clinical education in organizational learning and development with WellSpan Health, also is a finalist.

The nine categories are in Advanced Practice RN, Clinical Practice LPN, Clinical Practice RN, Community Nursing, Nursing Administration-Executive/CNO, Nursing Administration-Leader/Manger, Nursing Education-Academia, Nursing Education, Staff Development and Nursing Research. In addition, one nurse may win the Patient Choice Award, which is chosen from submissions by patients or patients' family members.

Artz is a finalist in the Advanced Practice RN category, Huggins is a finalist in the Community Nursing category and Bozart is a finalist in the Nursing Education-Academia category. In addition, Mary Ann Jurewicz, a nurse manager on Tower 2 at WellSpan York Hospital, was nominated in the Nursing Administration-Leader/Manger category, according to a news release from WellSpan Health.

On Nov. 4, at the 27th Annual Gala for the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, the finalists will be honored and the winner for each category will be announced. A complete list of all nominated nurses can be seen on the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania website at www.nightingaleawards.org.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Astrid Davis, vice president of patient care services at WellSpan York Hospital, in a news release. “We are so excited to have four of our nurses recognized in the same year with three being finalists. While these nurses were selected and honored individually, we know that they are also part of a great WellSpan team that comes together to work as one every day.”