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South Nassau’s Myrna Alvelo Honored by Town of Hempstead With Pathfinder Award in Community Affairs

Myrna Alvelo, a registered nurse and nurse recruiter at South Nassau Communities Hospital, has been awarded a Town of Hempstead 2008 Pathfinder Award in Community Affairs for her dedication to the field of healthcare and creation of an innovative program for student nurses.

The nursing program developed by Ms. Alvelo enables Hispanic students and graduate nurses from universities in Puerto Rico to come to Long Island and practice hands-on patient care at South Nassau Communities Hospital under the supervision of an experienced registered nurse. Through the program, students enhance their assessment, clinical, and documentation skills and receive the support and guidance necessary to grow professionally. The outreach program has grown to one that now attracts over 100 students a year. Since the program’s inception, 33 percent of the student nurse interns have become permanent full-time registered nurses at South Nassau.

Ms. Alvelo believes in the importance of finding candidates who have a “heart for nursing.” She works tirelessly with the students to ease their transition to the nursing experience and life on Long Island. She also advises students regarding the importance of joining professional organizations and attending seminars and conferences and helps them with applications in this regard.

“Along with being a mentor, she also is a friend and even serves as an adopted mother as she helps her students adjust to their new environment, which can include escorting students during her free time to local supermarkets where they can purchase ethnic foods and delicacies, as well as introducing them to other Hispanic students,” said Yvette Mooney, RN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services at South Nassau.

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