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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2021
Carol Krueger Awarded Joyce Binder Memorial Award
Oneonta, NY: Springbrook, a leading provider of supports for people with developmental disabilities is pleased to announce that Carol Krueger has been awarded the Joyce Binder Memorial Award by the New York State Intellectual Disability and Development Disability Nurses Association (NYSIDDDNA).
This award “is given to an outstanding NYS ID/DD Nurses Association member who has made a significant contribution to advancing the practice of supporting individuals with ID/DD through the demonstrated attributes of caring/compassion, advocacy, mentoring, leadership, dedication, and education/research.” The purpose of the NYS ID/DD Nurses Association is “the establishment of intellectual and developmental disability nursing as a recognized nursing practice specialty,” which provides a “recognized standard of care” for their beneficiaries, as well as activities, seminars, and an annual conference for their nurses to maintain this standard of care in their practice.
The Joyce Binder Memorial Award recognizes a nurse of the association who has made a significant contribution to advancing the practice of supporting the people they serve.
Carol started her full time career at Springbrook as a child development aide in 1987, became a licensed practicing nurse from 1991 to 2002, and has been a registered nurse since then. Carol has held many different positions within Springbrook, from LPN to lead LPN and lead RN, and now RN trainer for employee health. She has served on Springbrook’s Informed Consent Committee, Incident Review Committee, and Human Rights Committee; she has also held health clinics for residents and staff and has helped to shape policies and procedures by offering her extensive knowledge of medical health. While continuing to work full time for Springbrook, Carol offered her advice and services to Joshua House and the ARC Otsego, where she assisted with medication certification and specialized training for employees. Carol has been and continues to be a role model for outstanding care in the field of nursing. Carol is proud of her life’s work and practice:
“My heart is committed, and always has been, to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, as well as to training our staff and leading our teams! This unique field of nursing is very rewarding, and there’s always a lot to do. We are constantly thinking outside the box and using our critical thinking skills. Because it’s not just one specialty we’re dealing with – it’s a holistic type of nursing – it’s all specialties together. There is always something new to learn about and to research, so that we gain more knowledge and, in turn, share this knowledge with others in the form of training and holistic approach, so that we can provide the best quality nursing care to those that we serve.”
Carol has been an active member of the NYS ID/DD Nurses Association since 2006. As a member of the association, she has been a Zone 4 representative for three years, Zone 4 chairperson for four years, and co-chair for four years. Of the zones of the association, Zone 4 is the largest and most active. Additionally, Carol has served as chairperson for the Nominating Committee, a member of the Conference Planning Committee, and has been co-chairperson for the Joyce Binder Memorial Award Committee. Currently, Carol is the association’s recording secretary. She has been recognized for her many years of service and for her dedication to the people in her care, but also for her mentorship and compassion. Carol was nominated for this prestigious award by Karen J. Bazan, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing and Health Services at the Arc Otsego, and a 2017 award recipient. Karen is a fellow member of NYSIDDDNA.
The award ceremony and reception for Carol took place at the Springbrook Family Engagement Center on November 11th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.