Bonnie Gitlitz, CPNP passed away on May 21, 1998. The NYS Coalition of Nurse Practitioners mourned the loss of our friend and leader, a pediatric nurse practitioner devoted to her friends, her family, profession and her patients. Loving daughter of Jerry and the late Jacqueline. Beloved sister of Kenneth, devoted granddaughter of Jean Scher and cherished aunt of Rebecca and Lindsay. Bonnie practiced at Jacobi Hospital in the NICU for many years. Bonnie was chair of the Annual Convention for several years prior to her death. The NPA Annual banquet is named to remember the contributions Bonnie made to the organization for many years, as a Greater New York Chapter Representative and Convention Chairperson.
From the president of NYSCONP, Steven Weiner, 5/22/98 Bonnie Gitlitz, the very successful and well-loved Program Chair of the last several years, a good friend and NYSCONP stalwart, passed away May 21, 1998, a little after noon, as a result of complications after surgery to repair two defective heart valves Bonnie was 46, a pediatric nurse practitioner and a member of NYSCONP since its earliest days, as a chapter representative from Greater New York, as parliamentarian, as a member of both the Legislative Committee and the Program Committee, which she chaired for the past three years. She was a leader in NAPNAP, where she led the New York chapter and sat on their national board. She worked at Jacobi Medical Center's high-risk nursery, and has spoken widely and published about "the myth of the cocaine baby," placing these infants in the wider context of the avoidable effects of poverty on maternal-child health. Prior to this, she worked as a PNP at the Richmond Childrens' Center with disabled kids. Bonnie was a giant in everything but stature. It is ironic that someone with a heart as warm and giving, and a mind as sharp as hers, would die because her heart and mind gave out, but they did. We will remember her for her unceasing concern for her friends and family, her generosity, her warmth, her humor, her sharp tongue, her hard work guided by a strong sense of right and wrong and moral responsibility. Bonnie will be buried on Sunday, May 24. She is survived by her father, brother, and 2 nieces to whom she was devoted. Two close (NP) friends of hers, Leah Harrison and Jo Ann Thomas, who were by her side almost constantly through these last days, as well as all her other many friends.
Contributors in memory of Bonnie:
Patricia McNicholl Quill, NP