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5/18/2016 Coyne honored by nurses association
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne has been honored by the Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA) as its Legislator of the Year.

Senator Coyne received the award last week at the association’s annual legislative dinner, where House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello was the House recipient.

According to RISNA Executive Director Donna Policastro, Senator Coyne was selected for the honor in recognition of her dedication to patients and her sponsorship of legislation requiring operating rooms to have at least one circulating nurse during each surgical procedure

“Her leadership and concerns regarding developing a culture of patient safety are greatly appreciated by the RISNA. Her sponsorship of legislation ensuring that a Circulating Nurse be in every operating room emphasizes this point. It is with great pleasure that RISNA honors Senator Coyne with the Legislator of the Year Award 2016,” said Policastro.

RISNA, founded in 1905, is the professional association of registered nurses and the state affiliate of the American Nurses Association. It serves as the authority on matters concerning the nursing profession and nursing practice in Rhode Island, and its membership includes over 18,000 registered nurses. Traditionally, RISNA gives its awards during Nurses Week. The awards ceremony was held on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

“It is truly my pleasure to work in support of our state’s hardworking, dedicated nurses. Nurses are the heart and hands of our health care system, and the better equipped nurses are to do their jobs, the safer and healthier patients are. I am grateful for their work, and honored to receive this recognition,” said Senator Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence).

IN PHOTO: Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne, left, receives the Rhode Island State Nurses Association Legislator of the Year award from RISNA Executive Director Donna Policastro.

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923