MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac resident Laura Spallina, a clinical coordinator/surgical hospitalist-nurse practitioner at Northern Westchester Hospital, has been named the first inductee into the Hall of Fame for the Career and Technical Education Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES.

Spallina, a former New Visions Health student, and Carmel High School alum, credits her studies at Tech for her career success.

“My time as a New Vision student helped me learn that my true passion was to be a nurse at Northern Westchester Hospital,” Spallina said.

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New Visions Health students intern at area hospitals and do rotations with different specialists, learning about the various areas of medicine before they even begin college.

Spallina, who graduated from Hunter-Bellevue’s School of Nursing in 2010, went on to receive her master’s as a family nurse practitioner from Pace University. She worked in labor and delivery at NWH, advanced to patient care manager and became a surgical nurse practitioner in 2014.

In addition to her work at the hospital, Spallina also teaches New Visions Health students, who she welcomes into the hospital.

“Laura is so deserving of this honor,” said Caroline Murphy, a teacher in the New Visions Health program and a registered nurse. “She has been an amazing resource and inspiration, caring about and teaching our students.”

Spallina said that teaching the New Visions students is really rewarding and is happy to spread the word about the joys of her career.

“I hope to help others realize how great this profession is,” she said

Spallina enjoys helping students in the program realize their potential.

“It is great being part of their journey to find out who they really want to be,” she said. “And it is always a success when New Visions students go to nursing school because this profession is a great stepping stone to so many different opportunities. Nurses can change their specialty multiple times and get to help people every day.”

Lois Demaio, director of Advanced Clinical Practitioners-Surgery at Northern Westchester, said that Spallina is most deserving of this recognition.

“I’m so glad she’s on our team,” she said. “She’s such an important piece of the hospital and how we function here.”

The best part of her job, Spallina said, is meeting new people and “learning something new every day.”

“I enjoy being with patients and advocating for them and comforting them. In health care, there is always room for further education and growth,” she said.

Article courtesy of PNW BOCES