ANA-RI Announces Its 2018 President’s Award Recipient

Posted 10 months ago by Eileen Rodgers

Janelle Amoako

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 ANA-RI President’s Award is Janelle Amoako, RN, BSN. 


Janelle is a staff nurse with a medical-surgical unit at the Miriam Hospital, and is also completing a two-year term with RISNA’s Board of Directors. Janelle combines her compassion and warmth as a nurse with clinical excellence to impact and help the lives of her patients and their families at some of their most vulnerable moments. 


Previously, she worked at Clinica Esperanza, which supports members of the community without health insurance. This experience helped to build her skills in providing holistic, culturally-attuned, and high-quality nursing care.


Janelle is motivated by the impact of health disparities on access to care for chronic disease patients and practices what she preaches! Also, she is extremely passionate about working with youth at both the high school and collegiate level in sharing her experiences as a first generation, African-American college graduate from her family.  In 2016, she co-chair the College Leadership Rhode Island program which provides diverse experiential opportunities for young leaders entering the workforce from college.  She also tutors nursing students at University of Rhode Island (URI) and serves as a one-on-one clinical preceptor for senior nursing students at the Miriam.


Janelle received a Bachelor’s in Nursing from URI and was recognized with honors for her project titled, “Embracing the ASSET of cultural identity for URI nursing students.”  

She was active in the Student Nurses Association and Campus Ministry International. She also helped organized drives for the RI Blood Center and “Be the Match” program, which was a personal passion for her due to her younger brother, Jude, who needed a bone marrow transplant. Janelle has done mission work in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, which influenced her future goals, impacting the community whether local or global. In her words, “I realize now more than ever that it is not about building something people can see but going where there is a need.” 


As a director on the ANA-RI board, she contributes her youthful energy and a fresh new look at Nursing.  She helped with RISNA board initiatives through her committee work, coordinating RISNA’s presence at the SNARI annual meeting and her realistic feedback on what nurses want and what they face in the acute care setting. It is this type of feedback that directs our efforts on behalf of all RI nurses.


Janelle is completing her Masters’ degree in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at URI.  Congratulations Janelle on a Award well deserved.