Boston Medical Center Nurse Receives "Excellence in Nursing Award"

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(Boston) – Cilorene Weekes-Cabey, RN, MS, nurse manager in the Medical-Surgical telemetry unit at Boston Medical Center (BMC) recently received the 2006 “Excellence in Nursing Award” from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA) Inc.

The award, bestowed upon members by their peers, recognizes individuals for their contributions and meritorious efforts in the field of nursing. Weekes-Cabey was honored on Feb. 9 during NERBNA’s National Black Nurses Day Celebration at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.

Established in 1973, NERBNA is a chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and part of a national effort to unify, educate, and recruit African American nurses into the profession. The organization provides health services to the community and offers mentorship, scholarship and educational opportunities to African American nurses and nursing students throughout New England.

Weekes-Cabey came to BMC in 1983 as a staff nurse. In 1986, she was promoted to Charge Nurse of a 30-bed Medical-Surgical unit and later became Nurse Manager of that floor. Throughout her 23 years at BMC, Weekes-Cabey has managed many hospital units including the Operating Room, Rehabilitation, Emergency Room, Orthopedic Clinic and Endoscopy Suite.

Currently, Weekes-Cabey supervises a 36-bed Medical-Surgical telemetry unit with approximately 70 nursing personnel. She has been instrumental in developing, implementing and evaluating several BMC initiatives including Wound Prevention, Fall Prevention and Patient Satisfaction.

Weekes-Cabey serves on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Advisory Committee for Roxbury Community College. She is an active member of her Dorchester community where she volunteers and teaches computer classes for underprivileged children. She has also volunteered at the Dorchester YMCA’s Y Girls Program.