NOD2016The Professional Nurses Association of WNY will celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6 -12.

The Buffalo News will promote the nursing profession with a special section on Sunday, May 8, recognizing all areas of nursing as well as the winners of the Nurse of Distinction and Nurse of Distinction in Education awards.

The awards honor a RN who has made outstanding contributions to the nursing profession, has demonstrated leadership that provides a role model to inspire other nurses to improve, and participates in activities that foster a positive public image of nursing as a profession.

All participating organizations will be invited by the Professional Nurses Association to attend an awards ceremony on June 7, 2016 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. At the ceremony, The Buffalo News will present the award winners with a plaque plus $500 towards the furthering of their education at a professional conference of their choice. The winners will also receive a one-year Professional Nurses Association membership.

All registered professional nurses, who are members of the Professional Nurses Association of WNY, practicing at any level or scope of responsibility, who have been active with the nominating agency for the past 12 months, are eligible. If not a member of the Association, call 839-4075 or go to Please visit and visit the Awards tab to download a copy of the nominee application.  Or you can access the application below:

Nominee Application              Rules & Qualifications

2015 Winners:

The 2015 Nurse of Distinction in Education award was presented to Kathleen Mariano, DNS, RN/CPNP.  Dr. Mariano is currently an Associate Professor at D’Youville College School of Nursing.

The 2015 Nurse of Distinction award was presented to Shirley Duane, RN, MS, FNP, CNRN from Catholic Health System, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.

This section is an ideal opportunity to recognize your nurses and health care professionals as some of the best in WNY. For more information on the section, please contact Ann Brooker at 849-4413, or

To view a copy of 2015's publication, click on the image below.

2015 NursesCover