Cannata Earns Norman Knight Nursing Clinical Practice Excellence Award

May 30, 2014

BOSTON (May 30, 2014) – Joan Cannata, R.N., a resident of Wakefield and an operating room nurse at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, was recently presented with the Norman Knight Nursing Clinical Practice Excellence Award, which was established in 2002 to recognize and honor nurses whose clinical practice demonstrates excellence and a commitment to quality care.

“Joan always gets the job done and is a great person to have on the team,” said Chief Nursing Officer Eileen Lowell, R.N., M.M. “An exemplary nurse who always puts patient safety first, Joan continues to pass along knowledge to her peers, and is always willing to step up and help orient new nurses and surgical technicians.”

The award was presented at Mass. Eye and Ear’s recent Nurses Appreciation Week Dinner, where President and CEO John Fernandez praised the organization’s nurses for their “tremendous courage, professionalism and grace” in the face of many unique challenges last year, including caring for many Boston Marathon bombing victims.

The appreciation and awards dinner was among the highlights of Mass. Eye and Ear’s annual Nurses Appreciation Week, which offers a variety of learning opportunities and recognizes that Mass. Eye and Ear’s nurses, like all employees, are an integral part of the hospital’s mission.

About Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Mass. Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck. Led by the Eaton-Peabody Laboratory in Otology, the Howe Laboratory in Ophthalmology and Schepens Eye Research Institute, Mass. Eye and Ear in Boston is the world's largest vision and hearing research center, offering hope and healing to patients everywhere through discovery and innovation. Mass. Eye and Ear is a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital and trains future medical leaders in ophthalmology and otolaryngology, through residency as well as clinical and research fellowships. Internationally acclaimed since its founding in 1824, Mass. Eye and Ear employs full-time, board-certified physicians who offer high-quality and affordable specialty care that ranges from the routine to the very complex. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Survey” has consistently ranked the Mass. Eye and Ear Departments of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology as among the top hospitals in the nation.

Joan Cannata receives award from Eileen Lowell.
Nurse Joan Cannata, R.N., (left) receives the Norman Knight Nursing Clinical Practice Excellence Award from Chief Nursing Officer Eileen Lowell, R.N., M.M., at the hospital’s recent Nurses Appreciation Week Dinner.