Center for Nursing honors WVU nurses

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Center for Nursing held its first gala Oct. 17 in Charleston. Of the 50 nurses honored at the event, 19 were from WVU Hospitals.

The four awards categories were excellence in nursing leadership, nursing education, clinical care and advanced practice.

Excellence in Nursing Leadership:

  • Francis X. Boyle, R.N., B.S.N, C.C.R.N., is a manager in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and a critical care nurse at WVU Hospitals. Boyle is also a regional AHA basic cardiac life support Instructor. Boyle is a WVU School of Nursing graduate.
  • Jerry Yoho, R.N., M.S.N., N.E.A.-B.C., is the director of Adult Critical Care and Trauma Services at WVUH. Yoho received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the School of Nursing in 1984 and a master of science degree from WVU in 1988.
  • Cheryl L. Jones, R.N., M.S.N., is director of WVU Children’s Hospital. Jones graduated with a bachelor in nursing degree from WVU School of Nursing in 1986 and earned her master of nursing degree from WVU in 1996.
  • Dawn Myers Yost, R.N., is a perioperative, clinical and management nurse at WVUH. Yost lectures to other perioperative nurses and surgical technologists locally, statewide, nationally and internationally on topics such as aseptic technique, lasers, Prion disease, fire safety and sterilization. She received her bachelor of science degree from WVU and a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene from the WVU School of Dentistry.
  • Mary Lynne Withrow, M.S.N., is the director of informatics at WVUH. Withrow received a B.S.N. at Alderson-Broaddus College and an M.S.N. from the School of Nursing in 1992.
  • Debbie Bellisario, R.N., M.S.N., is a nurse manager at inpatient adult and ECT services at WVUH Chestnut Ridge Hospital. Bellisario is a clinical instructor at the School of Nursing, where she teaches psychiatric nursing clinical courses. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from WVU in 1994 and a master of nursing degree from the University of Phoenix in 2009.
  • Marlene S. Merkel, R.N., is manager of the Maternal Infant Care Center at WVU Children’s Hospital.

Excellence in Clinical Care:

  • Billie Murray, M.S.N., F.N.P., has been a medical and surgical nurse at WVUH for 12 years. She graduated from the M.S.N. program at WVU in May and is currently a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Dermatology Center for Skin Health. Murray also instructs health assessment and nursing intervention classes at the School of Nursing.
  • Jennifer Ray Johnson, R.N., B.S.N., C.N.R.N., is a clinical preceptor in the neurosciences unit at WVUH. She is a 1994 graduate from the School of Nursing.
  • Carl Deal, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N., is a charge nurse in the cardiac care and cardio-thoracic intensive care units at WVUH. Deal is a graduate of Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing and Carlow College. 
  • Angela Price, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N., is a nurse clinician at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. Price is on the speaker’s bureau for Sanofi Aventis and Pfizer. She also teaches an oncology workshop on breast cancer and has also given lectures on breast cancer prevention.
  • Carrie Rakes, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N., is a staff and charge nurse at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.
  • Fay L. Massullo, R.N., C.G.R.N., is a gastroenterology staff nurse at WVUH.
  • Joice Delaney, R.N., B.S.N., B.C., is a medical surgery nurse at WVUH.
  • Robin Horwath, R.N., is a pediatrics staff nurse at WVU Children’s Hospital. Horwath is a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh.
  • Tara Rozzo, R.N., is a charge nurse at WVUH.
  • Traci Ashcraft, R.N., B.C., B.S.N., is a clinical preceptor in the general surgery and trauma units at WVUH.
  • Tammie Ritenour, R.N., B.S.N, is a lead nurse at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. Her job involves administrative, educational and basic day-to-day operations of the cancer center. Ritenour is a 1996 graduate of Penn State University with an associate degree in nursing and is a 2006 graduate of Waynesburg College with a B.S.N.

Excellence in Advanced Practice:

  • Alvita Nathaniel, Ph.D., is a WVU faculty member in Charleston. Nathaniel is an expert in grounded theory, developed by sociologists Barney Glasser and Anselm Strauss, which allows for reverse-engineered hypothesis – a method for doing scientific research. She has also helped with the extension of healthcare throughout the state.
  • Martha Power, R.N., M.S.N., is a family nurse practitioner and stroke nurse practitioner at the WVU School of Nursing Charleston Division. Power works in the Department of Neurology, where she coordinates the care of stroke patients and assists patients in the neurology clinic after discharge.


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
el: 11-4-09

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