SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Helen Arnold celebrated 50 years as a nurse on Friday, Aug. 31. On Saturday, Sept. 29, she was recognized by town, county and state officials, who awarded her proclamations during a celebration at Trump Park Residences in Yorktown.

For 50 years, Arnold has been involved in the nursing profession; she has served in pediatrics for over four decades.

She earned her bachelor of science degree from Mercy College and became a licensed registered nurse on Aug. 31, 1968, after graduating from the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing. Upon graduation from nursing school, from 1968 to 1982, Helen Arnold worked at Misericordia Hospital, where she began as a staff nurse in the medical, diabetic, endocrinology, cardiac, psychiatric and pediatric clinics, before rising to become assistant head nurse of the Pediatric Clinic for three years, and head nurse of the Pediatric Clinic for seven years.

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Since 2015, Arnold has served as pediatric/adolescent head nurse at Chester Pediatrics in White Plains; she previously as pediatric/adolescent head nurse at Gergely Pediatrics in Garrison from 2005 to 2015; and in the office of Dr. Melvyn Schaff from 1996 to 2004.

In addition to her practitioner roles, from 1988 to 1996, Arnold served as a school nurse with the Lakeland School District and substitute nurse for the Yorktown and Hendrick Hudson school districts. Always willing to help others and share her knowledge, in 2015, Arnold was appointed to the New York State Senate Advisory Committee on the nursing profession.

She has also served as a board member of the Yorktown School District School Board, director of Saturday CCD at St. Patrick’s Parish in Yorktown, district leader of the Yorktown Republican Party and volunteer for the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion Family Readiness Group.