Great Achievements |

Nearly two dozen hospitals and educational institutions from across Long Island each nominated a top nurse for recognition at this year’s Nurse of Excellence Award Ceremony in Nesconset.

But one stood above the rest.

And that was Patchogue resident Justin Waryold, DNP, RN, clinical assistant professor and director of the Advanced Practice Nursing Program in Adult Health at Stony Brook University.

The 22 nominees in hailed from member hospitals and nursing schools, selected from among hundreds of nurses across the two counties. The annual event, now in its 24th year, was hosted by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council last month at the Watermill Inn.

“Waryold’s commitment to nursing education and clinical practice is outstanding,” reads an announcement about his honor.

“He has focused on improving access to care for vulnerable adults, in particular the LGBT and homebound patient populations. His teaching methodology related to LGBT care has been published and adopted nationally by schools of medicine, nursing, and allied health,” it reads.

Waryold also developed a house call program to address the needs of patients who cannot access care in a traditional office setting, or who need palliative care.

“For the past 10 years, he has been nurturing the next generation of nursing professionals as an educator and also serves as a volunteer mentor for nurse practitioner students,” the announcement reads.

Waryold also finds time to volunteer at the RotoCare Clinic in Nassau County, which provides free healthcare for people in need.