Cooper University Health Care has named Steven Teitelman, RN, BSN, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, as the 2020 Nurse of the Year. Teitelman, a flight nurse coordinator with Cooper’s Air Medical Services, also received the Barbara and Jack Tarditi Award for Excellence in Nursing Mentorship Award as part of Cooper’s Annual Nursing Excellence Awards presented during National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12).
The Nursing Excellence Awards recognize exceptional professional nurses and advanced practice nurses, at any Cooper University Health Care location, as well as members of the collaborative care teams that support nursing. Award winners were nominated by their colleagues for their commitment to upholding the Cooper mission “to serve, to heal, to educate” and are supported by gifts from generous donors to The Cooper Foundation.
“Steve is the model nurse, as he remains dedicated to helping his colleagues provide the best possible care and embracing challenges along the way,” said Kathy Devine, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Cooper. “Cooper’s Air Medical Services is a crucial program providing transportation services to critically ill and injured patients. Steve is a valued member of that team and a true leader.”
“This year’s awards, recognizing the excellence of our nurses, takes on added significance as our nurses are front and center in the fight against COVID-19,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, Co-President/CEO at Cooper. “I congratulate our award winners and want to thank all of our nurses for their bravery, skill, and compassion every single day.”
“Over the past few months, we have seen the courage and caring of Cooper nurses, and nurses across the nation,” said Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, Co-President at Cooper. “Nurses are true heroes, deserving our gratitude and support. I want to congratulate this year’s winners for their excellence in serving our patients and for inspiring their colleagues through their dedication and leadership.”
Click here to see all of Cooper’s Nursing Excellence Award Winners.