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Showing Appreciation to our Brookville Center for Children’s Services Nurses

Exceptional Nursing Team Honored at Luncheon

Residential Nurse Tyann Snape, left, Chief Operating Officer Chris O’Connor, Director of Nursing Denise Licata, Residential Nurse Manager Patricia Rooney, and Vice President of Health Services Nicole Ferrar pose for a photo
Residential Nurse Tyann Snape, left, Chief Operating Officer Chris O’Connor, Director of Nursing Denise Licata, Residential Nurse Manager Patricia Rooney, and Vice President of Health Services Nicole Ferrar enjoyed their afternoon of celebrating nursing at Brookville Center for Children’s Services.

National Nurses Week is a time to honor and show appreciation for nurses all around the country, including here at Brookville Center for Children’s Services.

Among the events and initiatives to honor our amazing nurses was a luncheon held on May 2, catered by Wheatley Farms. The event was attended by administrators and nurses from across the agency’s family of organizations.

All the nurses had an opportunity to reconnect with each other and celebrate the important health outcomes they create for BCCS students.

Photo of a baseball cap that reads "Nurse Strong"
The “Nurse Strong” caps were chosen as a gift to reflect the enduring strength of our amazing nurses.

“I think it’s great for the nurses to see everybody else,” Director of Nursing Denise Licata said. “There are bonds and friendships formed with nurses because a lot of us are here for so long and it’s great to work with them.”

Vice President of Health Services Nicole Ferrar said the luncheon was a great opportunity to thank the nurses for their strength, as each of the attendees were gifted a cap with the slogan “Nurse Strong.” While nurses often work behind the scenes and do not seek compliments for the hard work they do, National Nurses Week is a time to shine a spotlight on their care and dedication.

Chris O’Connor, R.N., Chief Operating Officer, called the nurses  “unsung heroes,” especially in a field that sometimes requires getting to know their patients well to act on changes in their baseline health.

“You also bridge the gap in health equity for people supported that don’t always have access to services, but through your advocacy, you ensure that people get the best care at the most vulnerable times,” Chris said.

Children’s Residential Program Residential Nurse Tyann Snape said she prides herself on helping the children she serves understand their medical diagnosis and how they can still lead fulfilling lives.

“You get to see how you change and affect lives every day,” Tyana said. “You see the growth. You see how you impact their lives and make a difference.”

BCCS Nurses pose for a photo in celebration of National Nurses Week
Nurses from Brookville Center for Children’s Services, AHRC Nassau and Citizens Options Unlimited wore their new baseball caps, that read “Nurse Strong,” with pride.

Tyann started her career in the agency’s network as a Residential Services House Manager for AHRC Nassau. Through the agency’s tuition reimbursement program, she attended nursing school and was able to create a new opportunity for herself.

“She was somebody who I was really proud of,” Chris said of Tyana.  “When you worked to become a nurse, while being a manager, that’s what we want people to do here. We want people to grow at the agency.”

Though National Nurses Week is only one week out of the entire year, Brookville Center for Children’s Services continues to appreciate nurses’ important work.

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