Correctional Nurse Receives ‘Professional Woman of the Year’ Award

Carol Ann M. Cenac, a Physiatrist Nurse Practitioner at Corizon Correctional Medical Associates, received the ‘Professional Woman of the Year’ Award at the last week. She was honored by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) for her leadership in nursing. The award is all the more distinctive when you consider NAPW is one of the most vibrant networking communities of women in the United States, with over 600,000 members and 200 local chapters.

Cenac has been an employee of Corizon Correctional Medical Associates for the last 4 years and was primarily assigned to the Department of Corrections’ at the Riker’s Facility in Queens, New York. She is currently a part of the multi-disciplinary team that looks after inmates who are mentally ill. In addition, Cenac coaches and trains new staff members who join the team. She has presented papers at several prestigious forums, including the Yale School of Nursing, where she addressed newly qualified nurses on the topic of ‘Owning and Managing your Career in Nursing and Health Care’.

Prior to joining Corizon, Cenac worked as a wellness nurse at Sunrise Senior Living in Brooklyn and as an R.N at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she worked in in-patient medical-surgical psychiatric services. She looked after patients who had been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory loss disorders. Her responsibilities included assessing the needs of the patients and ensuring delivery of customized care to each individual resident.

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Ms. Cenac is widely acknowledged for her long list of accomplishments, including an MS in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, a BA in Nursing, an MA in Public Administration and a BS in Accounting. In addition to these credentials, she’s presently pursuing a doctorate at Yale University. In 2011, Cenac was the recipient of the Daisy Foundation Award for Extraordinary Nurses.