NEW: Deborah Ruggiero named Legislator of the Year by Rhode Island State Nurses Association
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The organization, which is dedicated to the promotion, advancement, and protection of nursing, selected Representative Ruggiero for the honor because she “has been a leader in addressing health care issues, such as adequate access to affordable health care, the environment as it impact health and social justice as it relates to parity of adequate and affordable health care.”
Said RISNA Executive Director Donna M. Policastro, “She has always been a supporter of nursing since she joined the General Assembly. One of the things about Deb is that if she has a question about a nursing issue, she’ll always check with us first. She’s always sure to gather information before she speaks.”
Representative Ruggiero, a Democrat who represents District 74 in Jamestown and Middletown, is in her second term in the House of Representatives.
“It’s truly an honor to be chosen by the Rhode Island State Nurses Association for this award. Nurses are so vital to public health. Anything that strengthens their profession also increases the quality of the health care available to Rhode Islanders, so I’m proud to support RISNA’s work,” said Representative Ruggiero.