Connell School Alumna Ann Riley Finck Named Recipient of Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award

AnnAnn Riley Finck Riley Finck, a nurse practitioner and preceptor in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center, was presented with the 2011 Boston College Connell School of Nursing’s Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award, named for the school’s first faculty member and former dean. The Dean Kelleher Award recognizes a graduate of the Connell School of Nursing who is an accomplished nursing leader, an ethically aware scientist, and a skilled and inquisitive clinician.

Finck graduated from the Connell School of Nursing in 1966. After a year spent in Jamaica under the aegis of what is now the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, she began her career at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center. As a neuroscience ICU nurse, Finck provides bedside and postoperative care to critically ill patients. She also works as a preceptor instructing new nurses in critical care. She serves as the Medical Center’s chair for the Unit Practice Council, which is tasked with improving care to patients and the hospital environment for their families.

Finck, who earned a master of science in nursing from Columbia University, has also presented and published on a variety of neuroscience nursing topics. All five of Finck’s children are also Boston College graduates.

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