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Hospital Of Central Connecticut Nurse Receives Award

New Britain [May 07 2009] - A Bristol woman has received The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s highest nursing honor for her expertise, compassion and dedication to her patients and colleagues.

Jennifer Tabak, a nurse in the Emergency Department (ED) at the hospital’s New Britain General campus, received the Viola Larson Memorial Award May 6 at a special ceremony.

Tabak was one of 10 nurses nominated by their peers for the award, which recognizes clinical expertise, leadership, professional development and compassion and respect for patients and co-workers. Named for the former vice president of nursing, the late Viola Larson, it is the hospital’s highest nursing honor.
Tabak was described by her peers in their nomination letter as a genuinely compassionate and empathetic nurse.

“She is never to busy to hold a patient’s hand or spend time with a distraught family member,” they wrote.

Tabak was also described as a “go-to” person and clinical expert who is always willing to help and educate her peers.

“She has the innate ability to find areas where the staff needs further education and then provides in-services or develops a teaching tool,” her peers wrote.

A hospital employee for 12 years, Tabak is a Clinical Level IV nurse, the highest level of clinical expertise, and is pursing her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is also a Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course instructor.

Linda Frigon, the hospital’s acting vice president of Patient Care Services, presented the Viola Larson Award. Tabak’s family attended the ceremony, along with hospital officials and staff from various departments.

“I work with great people,” Tabak said in accepting the award. “This is a wonderful institution to work for. It’s been a fabulous experience.”

The nine other Viola Larson Award nominees were New Britain General campus RNs: Barbara Amato, Catherine Denuzzio, Roxanne Aldi and Terry Simmons, Critical Care; Elizabeth Lindsey, Inpatient Psychiatry; Bethany Carr, Oncology; Suzette Muskatello, Total Joint & Spine Center; Danielle Shweky, Labor & Delivery; and Toni Smachetti, Hemodialysis.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366














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