Glen Cove Hospital nurse Alexa Damone, won Northwell Health’s 2019 President’s Award for Nurse of the Year. Nominated by her colleagues, Damone is among the health system’s 16,000 registered nurses spanning 23 hospitals. This year the award was shared with Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Jeffrey Rosa.
A resident of Bellmore, Damone will celebrate her fourth anniversary at Glen Cove Hospital this month. In May, she joined the emergency department as a critical care nurse after working in the hospital’s medical surgical unit primarily with geriatric patients.
“We are thrilled Alexa’s devotion to her patients and her professionalism were recognized by Northwell’s prestigious nurse award,” Susan Kwiatek, executive director of Glen Cove Hospital, said. “Her passion for her work is evident to her patients and colleagues by constantly learning new skills to improve patient care. She is empathic, compassionate, an excellent communicator, possesses solid clinical and problem-solving skills and serves as an advocate for her patients.”
Damone, whose great grandmother and grandmother were nurses, grew up listening to their stories about helping others. After earning her nursing degree at Nassau Community College, she graduated from Molloy College with a Bachelor’s of science in Nursing in 2015.
“I think the nursing gene was passed down to me,” she said. “A lot of my passion for working with older adults is because I saw my grandfather struggle with a chronic illness. Through caretaking, I related well to him and loved helping; it was very rewarding. My work on the geriatric unit was a natural fit.”
This year’s recipient of the Zuckerberg Family Award for Nursing Excellence, Damone continually evolves in her field. She serves as a diabetes champion and became a member of the hospital’s research and infection control committees.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized with the President’s Award,” Damone said. “It’s very rewarding when our clinical staff pulls together as a team to make a patient’s outcome the best possible one it can be.”
“Alexa takes pride in her profession, helping to create a positive work environment.” Doreen O’Grady, Glen Cove’s associate executive director for patient care services and chief nursing officer said. “Her high energy and upbeat personality helps motivate others. Her leadership qualities shine through.”
Damone’s talent and compassion go beyond the walls of Glen Cove Hospital. She is involved in working with diabetics in the local community at health fairs. Last summer, she volunteered on medical mission trip to a remote mountainous village in Peru.
“I’m motivated to help people who can’t help themselves,” Damone said. “I definitely want to continue mission work in other countries.”
—Submitted by Northwell Health