Andrea MacDonald receives national nursing award

Nascentia Health recently announced that registered nurse Andrea MacDonald, the organization’s clinical operations manager, was named the winner of the 2022 Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in LTSS (long-term services and supports) Nursing.


The award is given by LeadingAge, a national organization comprising more than 5,000 aging services nonprofits. The award is given annually to one nurse leader in the United States who “creates a supportive and engaged workplace environment by displaying excellent leadership skills while managing nursing and frontline staff.”

The award was given in person in October at LeadingAge’s Annual Meeting and EXPO in Denver. Along with the award, MacDonald received $1,000 toward leadership training of her choice.

MacDonald has more than 40 years of experience in the nursing field and has been with Nascentia Health for the past seven years. She oversees the organization’s licensed home care services agency (LHCSA), which provides certified home health aides to care for patients across Central New York.

In that role, she manages more than 10 registered nurses and 120 home health aides.

According to a company press release, MacDonald is a hands-on leader who is always focused on including her team in the decision-making process. Her team says that she is a compassionate leader whose unique blend of strength and empathy is the perfect fit for her role

MacDonald received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Hartwick College in Oneonta. She resides in Auburn.