4 Youngstown nurses receive ONA awards

Staff report


Four area registered nurses were recognized at the Ohio Nurses Association’s 85th biennial convention recently in Columbus.

They are:

Candace Root, inducted into the Cornelius Congress Leadership Congress, a group named after the late Dorothy A. Cornelius, former executive director the ONA. Root has been active in ONA’s District 3 and was a member of its board.

Root is secretary of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association (YGDNA) at Northside Medical Center, where she is a post-anaesthetic care unit nurse.

Jeannie Mulichak, who received the Elizabeth K. Porter Award, named after one of the founders of the country’s first Economic and General Welfare programs. Mulichak has made significant contributions to ONA’s E&GW program at Northside. She also is a member of the Cornelius Leadership Congress, ONA officials said.

Michelina Noren, who works in the PACU at Northside and received the Excellence in Nursing Practice — Staff Nurse Award, which recognizes staff nurses whose accomplishments and innovative approaches have a direct care impact on patients.

Noren, a longtime member of ONA, is a mentor and was instrumental in the authoring and implementation of care plans for post-surgery patients. She is a member of YGDNA’s negotiating committee, officials said.

Dorcas Fitzgerald, a nurse for 50 years and a nurse educator at Youngstown State University, who received the Excellence in Education Award.

Fitzgerald promotes positive relationships in the workplace, and has served as a student mentor, a senior class adviser and as a member of the Student Grievance Committee.

Described by the ONA as an educational innovator, she was a pioneer in the use of training podcasts, developed patient scenarios with continuing episodes and allowed students to videotape their performance during procedures in order to allay their fear of being directly supervised.

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