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Nurse practitioner graduates win awards

Apr 22, 2019

Congratulations are in order for two graduates of McMaster University’s Nurse Practitioner program. They have both won awards from the McMaster Health Sciences Graduate Office.

Elizabeth Garafolo

Photo above: Dr. Nancy Carter and graduate student Elizabeth Garofalo

Elizabeth Garofalo won The Ray Family Scholarship. It was established in 2009 by the Ray family, is valued at $500, and is awarded annually to students in the Nurse Practitioner Program in the School of Nursing who demonstrate academic excellence. Prior to entering the Primary Health Care -  Nurse Practitioner Program, Garofalo worked at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto as registered nurse on the Multi-Organ Transplant Unit. After she graduated from the nurse practitioner program in 2018, she returned to Sick Kids to work for the Group for Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment. 

 Tina Ippolito

Photo above: Graduate student Tina Ippolito and Dr. Nancy Carter

Tina Ippolito received the Dr. Marilyn A. Ray Award for Excellence in Nurse Practitioner Education and Practice. Valued at $400, the award was established in 2009 by the Ray family. It is granted to a student enrolled in the Nurse Practitioner Program, or a faculty member who teaches in the Nurse Practitioner Program who demonstrates excellence. Ippolito completed the Primary Health Care -  Nurse Practitioner Program in August of 2018. Prior to this, she worked as a registered nurse on the medical step down/coronary care unit at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. She is now a nurse practitioner with the Inpatient Medical Services at St. Joseph’s, where she provides medical care to inpatients on the Acute Mental Health Unit and Schizophrenia Unit.

Dr. Nancy Carter is the Assistant Dean, Graduate Nursing Programs. “Elizabeth and Tina had the highest marks in their class and were very successful in their clinical placements,” says Carter. “The Masters Course Based NP program is very challenging and runs full time for 24 months straight. Kudos to both of these graduates for maintaining academic excellence.” 


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