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The Breen School of Nursing's Patricia Sharpnack and Kimberly Dillon Bleich honored.

February 25, 2015

NEONI (Northeast Ohio Nursing Initiative)  is a unique and vital organization here in northeast Ohio that serves to develop, implement and sustain healthcare workforce collaboratives that empower, strengthen and grow the Northeast Ohio healthcare workforce. NEONI’s membership, including 200+ professional nurses representing 74 organizations in 12 Northeast Ohio counties, is a dynamic collaboration of hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health organizations, schools of nursing, professional nursing associations and individuals interested in the future of the Northeast Ohio healthcare workforce.


In April, NEONI will award two of its highest honors including the NEONI Nursing Excellence 2015 Legacy Award (one individual from academia; and one from clinical practice)  and the NEONI Nursing Excellence 2015 Rising Star Award (one individual from academia or practice; first inaugural award of its kind). Ursuline’s Dr. Patricia Sharpnack and Kim Dillon Bleich have received two of the three honors.


Ursuline’s Dean of The Breen School of Nursing, Dr. Patricia Sharpnack is this year’s NEONI Legacy Award Recipient. The award honors the outstanding support or impact of an individual or organization in at least one of the following areas of nursing: education, retention, environment, increasing the future recruitment of nurses and the services given to patients. Recipients must a) participate in NEONI initiatives; b) demonstrate evidence of involvement in education, administration, retention, recruitment, environment of care, research and/or service to patients and/or families; c) contribute to student and/or staff professional development; d) Provide inspiration and have the ability to visualize new possibilities; and e) demonstrate sustained commitment and dedication


Kimberly Dillon Bleich MSN, RN, CEN, Breen School of Nursing instructor,  is this year’s NEONI Rising Star Award Recipient. This award recognizes emerging nurse leaders (in a leadership position for less than 5 years) who are making a difference in leading their team; recipients must a) be involved in at least one quality and safety initiative; b) support his or her inter-professional team environment; c) be committed to advancing his or her leadership role educationally; d)  have an understanding of the interconnectedness of healthcare finances; and e)  be a member of a professional nursing organization.

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