2013 Helen Henry Excellence of Care Award Recipient
Latoya Duckett, MSN, RN-BC
North Shore University Hospital
New York, USA
Latoya Duckett entered the nursing profession in 2003 at the age of 18, when she completed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program at Clara Barton High School for Health Professions. Duckett worked in a nursing home as an LPN until 2007, when she completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. After graduating from SUNY Stony Brook, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2008. Since 2009, Duckett has worked as a registered nurse (RN) at North Shore University Hospital. In 2011, she received an American Nurses Credentialing Center certification in medical surgical nursing and is currently a Clinical Ladder II recipient. She is a 2012 graduate of Hunter College of The City University of New York graduate program as an adult/gerontological nurse practitioner. Duckett continues to work as an RN at North Shore University Hospital, functioning as a preceptor and participating in various unit and hospital-based initiatives.
“It is an honor for me to receive this prestigious award acknowledging my dedication to nursing. I feel that this award is not only for myself, but also for the wonderful nurses who have taught me, the dedicated team of nurses that I work beside and the nurses that I teach. Nursing is a profession of compassionate intellectuals and we must continue to showcase it in a positive light. The influence of nurses is limitless and it is important that we continue to uplift the nurse at the bedside, in the classroom, in the community and in research settings.”