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Three Lifespan Nurses Honored by Rhode Island State Nurses Association

Sylvia Weber
Sylvia Weber, MS, RN, CNS  
Marc Kalapos 
Marc Kalapos, RN, BSN, MS  
Nancy Robin 
Nancy Robin, RN, M.Ed.  

Sylvia Weber, Marc Kalapos and Nancy Robin recognized for nursing excellence; Nurses Week is May 6-12, 2013  

Two nurses from The Miriam Hospital and one nurse from Newport Hospital were recently recognized by the Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA) for their contributions to the field of nursing and dedication to patient care at the association’s annual Nightingale Gala.

Sylvia Weber, MS, RN, CNS, a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric and geriatric nursing at The Miriam Hospital, was inducted into the Rhode Island Nursing Hall of Fame. The RISNA Nurse Leader of the Year award was presented to Marc Kalapos, RN, BSN, MS, director of medical/surgical nursing at Newport Hospital. Nancy Robin, RN, M.Ed., emergency department nurse educator at The Miriam Hospital, received RISNA’s Clinical Nurse Educator of the Year award.

Weber helped pioneer the introduction and integration of holistic health and complimentary healing modalities in the Rhode Island area. The government relations consultant to RISNA, she is active in a number of community and professional organizations and has received numerous nursing and civic awards, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s advanced practice nurse award in 2000. Weber received a diploma in nursing from Kings County Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from New York University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kalapos earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Salve Regina University in 1995 and joined Newport Hospital in 1996 as a certified nursing assistant. He earned a master’s degree in health care administration in 2003. Kalapos was named director of surgical nursing in 2009 and director of medical/surgical nursing later the same year, taking on responsibility for nursing on the hospital’s three inpatient medical and surgical units. In 2012 Kalapos was named to Providence Business News’ “Forty under 40” list.

Robin is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and served as Rhode Island’s delegate to the association from 2007 to 2009. She received her diploma in nursing from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rhode Island College and her master’s degree from Rhode Island College. A resident of Harrisville, R.I., Robin began her nursing career at The Miriam Hospital in 1977 and has published numerous nursing articles and is a frequent presenter at ENA conferences.

All Nightingale Award nominations were reviewed and evaluated by an independent expert panel of nurse leaders from outside Rhode Island. The panel selected award recipients based on how well the materials received address the specific criteria for each award category.