Local Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practioner Receives Distinguished Honor From Nassau/Suffolk Hospital Council
Debra Giugliano RN, MS, PNP, named Nurse of Excellence
STONY BROOK, NY, May 28, 2010 – Nesconset resident, Debra Giugliano RN, MS, PNP, a pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in caring for children with hematologic and oncologic illnesses at Stony Brook University Medical Center, received the top honor of Long Island’s “Nurse of Excellence” from the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC). This hardworking, innovative professional was selected from a field of more than 500 nurses at hospitals all across Long Island.
"I am truly honored to receive the Nurse Excellence Award. I have spent the past 20 years caring for children and their families,” said Giugliano. “They inspire me and make me proud to be a nurse practitioner."
Giugliano’s commitment to healing expands far beyond the walls of the hospital. One way she has done this is by spreading awareness at local schools, PTAs, Rotary Clubs, etc. through a unique program she developed called “Children Helping Children.” The program uses school sponsored activities such as walk-a-thons and presentations to raise awareness and funds. Another is “Play It Forward” A C T S (Athletes, Courage, Teamwork & Support), a program set up to connect local university and high school student athletes with pediatric oncology patients. The student athletes visit the clinic and dedicate their time to mentoring pediatric patients. The idea of “teaming up” student athletes with children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders helps to increase social support and gives the students an opportunity to serve their community.
“Debbie has changed the world,” said Dr. Steven L. Strongwater, CEO of Stony Brook University Hospital. “She personally commits her own time to the many projects she has started and is extraordinarily creative.”
“On a daily basis Giugliano thinks about different ways to enhance our patients’ lives. Whether it’s sending a patient and their family to a university football game or lending an ear to a frustrated parent, she does it with a heart of gold. Not only is she an excellent nurse, but she possesses the skills of understanding and relating to children of all ages and developmental abilities,” Gaspard said, “Deb’s friendly, enthusiastic and reliable presence makes children and families feel at ease when they come to the clinic for treatments. She is a valuable asset to our institution and most deserving of this special award.”
Giugliano has been with Stony Brook for nearly 20 years, 12 of which have been as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) in the department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. She lives in Nesconset with her husband Robert Trezza, daughter Jessica, 14, and son James, 11.