Sherry Berbit, RN, BSN, MS, CADC Is Recognized As Top Nurse At Hudson Valley Magazine’s
2013 Excellence in Nursing Awards
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center chemical dependency RN, Sherry Berbit was recognized as “Top Nurse” at the 2013 Hudson Valley Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards. Held on Wednesday, May 8th at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY, this sixth annual event pays tribute to the area’s top nurses.
“Please join me in congratulating Sherry for this prestigious award and recognition. Her concern for her patients, her compassion, her skills and her holistic approach to excellent patient care are hallmarks of our best nurses at Bon Secours Charity and we are very proud of Sherry’s dedication and service,’’ said Philip Patterson, CEO of Bon Secours Charity Health System.
Ms. Berbit was selected from hundreds of nominations made from peer groups as far north as Albany, into Westchester and as far west as Sullivan County. Twenty Top Nurse nominees are chosen by a committee of medical professionals and editors of the magazine. The twenty nominees and Top Nurse Award are announced at a dinner paying tribute to nurses during National Nurses Week.
In her 25 years of nursing practices, Sherry has always exemplified Bon Secours Charity Health System’s mission to provide Good Help to Those in Need®. With the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the mid 80’s, Berbit recognized that most people who tested positive for HIV/AIDS had no idea where to turn for help. She led in the local management of the epidemic, often presenting to the Rockland County legislature to ensure funding and services to an underserved population. She also presented at local, state and national conventions through the Talking To Kids About AIDS program. Many of Berbit’s patients first diagnosed in the 80s and 90s are still alive and well, and keep in touch with Sherry, grateful for the lifeline they were given by her.
While working in the chemical dependency and acute psychiatry departments at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Sherry advocates for the hospitals most challenging patients to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity. She believes that her patients come first even if it means helping them on her own time. She has the compassion and kindness to truly understand her patient’s vulnerabilities and believes that her job is the best job in the world.
Committed to educating her fellow nurses and colleagues about the management of behavioral health patients, Sherry was instrumental in developing the hospital’s Behavioral Rapid Response Team, an innovative service that assists nurses on all units to effectively manage the challenges of psychiatric or addicted patients. She is often the first on the scene in frightening situations where she employs effective techniques to help diffuse tense situations while always maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment.
In addition to Sherry Berbit, Bon Secours Charity Health System is also celebrating the nomination of Dawn Chester, a Med-Surg Nurse at St. Anthony Community Hospital, as one of the top 20 nurses in the Hudson Valley.