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Four honored by Professional Nurses Association

Four honored by WNY Professional Nurses Association

Two students from the Class of 2015 and two nursing faculty were recently recognized for their achievements in the field.

Buffalo, New York – June 11, 2015 – Two D’Youville College nursing students and two nursing professors were honored at the 2015 Western New York Professional Nurses Association Annual Awards and Installation Ceremony and Banquet on June 9 at Salvatore’s Italian gardens.

Kathleen M. Mariano, DNS, RN/CPNP, associate professor of nursing and former chair of the D’Youville nursing department, received the Nurse of Distinction in Education award “for significant achievement in nursing education, demonstrated leadership and participation in activities that foster a positive public image of nursing as a profession.”

Dr. Mariano received her associate’s degree from Erie Community College and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her master’s degree and doctorate in nursing science from the University at Buffalo. She joined D’Youville in 2006.

Abigail Mitchell, DHEd, MSN, RN, CNE, director of graduate nursing at D’Youville, received the Ruth T. McGrorey Award for “innovative nursing practice, impact on nursing, nursing research and nursing education, publications and presentations at professional meetings, service as a representative of nursing and active and contributing membership in the Processional Nurses Association.

She earned AASN degrees in business and nursing at Niagara County Community College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Niagara University. She received her master’s degree in nursing/education from the University of Phoenix and her Doctor of Health Education degree from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri. She received the Nurse of Distinction Award from the Association in 2009.

The Graduate Nurse Membership Award was presented to Todd A. Stevens, who graduated in May with his BSN, and was nominated by the D’Youville School of Nursing faculty “as someone who has demonstrated professionalism in nursing interactions with clients and colleagues and who intends to practice in Western New York.”

Jennifer Buettner, also a May 2015 graduate and a Lancaster High School Regents Honor student, received the Professional Nurses Association Scholarship Award for demonstrating scholastic and clinical ability in her studies. The award is designed to provide financial assistance to students who are matriculated in an accredited school of registered nursing within the local area. She received a $750 award and paid membership in the Professional Nurses Association for one year.

“We are extremely proud of our faculty and students,” said Judith H. Lewis, EdD,RN dean of the School of Nursing at D’Youville. “This type of recognition represents the commitment of the faculty in providing quality programming and mentoring the next generation of nursing professionals. We are fortunate to have students of this caliber as alumni of our program.”

The Professional Nurses Association of Western New York is dedicated to fostering high standards of nursing practice, promote the professionalism and educational advancement of nurses, and promote the welfare of nurses so all people will benefit as a result of excellence in nursing care.


Dr. Judith Lewis

Dean, School of Nursing

Phone: 716-829-7856