As National Nurse Practitioner Week 2017 approaches (November 12-18), the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (NPA) has named a new Nurse Practitioner of the Year and Nurse Practitioner Student of the Year. The awards were presented on Oct. 21 at NPA’s 33rd Annual Conference.

Marie Carmel Garcon, DNP, FNP-C, of Columbia University School of Nursing/ColumbiaDoctors Nurse Practitioner Group has been named Nurse Practitioner of the Year for her extensive experience working on the front lines of intensive care and oncology units. With a 20-year career as a family nurse practitioner, Garcon has been an advocate for patients and their families, giving a voice to who those who are unable to speak for themselves due to an illness.

Darcie Morgan, BSN, RN, CPN, who is enrolled in the Masters NP Program at the University of Rochester, has been named Nurse Practitioner Student of the Year. Morgan was recognized for being a role model to other nurse practitioner students and for her commitment to the community. Morgan is especially interested in the promotion of vaccines for all children. Her interest began while working as a school nurse where she noticed that primary care providers do not always promote universal vaccination. Now she is active in dispelling myths about vaccine risks.

Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP, FAANP, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Columbia University School of Nursing and Executive Director of the NPA stated in a press release, “As National Nurse Practitioner Week 2017 approaches, what better time is there to acknowledge and celebrate the Nurse Practitioner commitment to evidence based, compassionate, and high-quality care for all patients.”

NPA promotes high standards of healthcare delivery through the empowerment of Nurse Practitioners and the profession throughout New York State. To learn more about this year’s Nurse Practitioner of the Year and Nurse Practitioner Student of the Year, visit here.

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