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Kazer takes over as Fairfield University nursing dean
Meredith Wallace Kazer, APRN, PhD, FAAN, a professor and associate dean of Fairfield University's School of Nursing, has been appointed to a two-year term as dean of the school. An award-winning researcher who also is an adult and gerontological primary care nurse practitioner, Kazer began her tenure June 16, according to a news release. Lynn Babington, RN, PhD, dean of Fairfield's School of Nursing since 2012, was...READ MORE »
Dana-Farber opens location at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
On June 24, Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute announced the opening of a new satellite location for hematology and oncology services at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, Mass. Under this new arrangement, patients with blood disorders and cancer will receive care from Dana-Farber nurses and physicians at St. Elizabeth's campus, according to a news release. This expanded affiliation also creates a...READ MORE »
Meet our 2014 New England GEM Award winners
Nurse.com prides itself on recognizing the accomplishments of nurses of excellence at its GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) award programs. In New England, a regional winner from each of the six categories - Advancing and Leading the Profession; Clinical Nursing, Inpatient; Education and Mentorship; Home, Community and Ambulatory Care; Patient and Staff Management; and Volunteerism and Service - was selected. The...READ MORE »
Nurse wins Orange Regional's Star of the Year honor
In honor of National Hospital Week, May 11--17, Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, N.Y., has announced its Star of the Year, Jayne O'Malley, RN. O'Malley also earned the honor in 2005. O'Malley is Orange Regional's lung and head & neck cancer patient navigator, She was chosen as Star of the Year for her diligence and hard work in providing excellent care to patients with lung, oral, head and neck...READ MORE »
Meet the 2014 New England GEM Awards finalists
Each year, Nurse.com calls upon you, our nurse readers, to tell us about the exceptional nurses you work with who deserve to be part of our Nurse.com Nursing Excellence GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) Awards program. You submit written nominations on Nurse.com/Nursing-Excellence and detail the extraordinary influence these nurses have on the profession and their patients. Our RN judges review and evaluate the...READ MORE »
Meet the 2014 New England Rising Star Award winner
In 2014, Nurse.com debuts a new honor as part of the GEM Awards. The Rising Star Award recognizes a nurse with fewer than five years of experience who is making a difference in the profession. This year's New England winner is: Thao (Tiffany) Costanza, RN, BSN Registered nurse North Shore Medical Center Salem, Mass. Costanza has practiced nursing for about three years on an orthopedic and neuro unit, and in that...READ MORE »
Northeastern University dean to receive Lifetime Achievement honor
Terry Fulmer, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the Bouve Col­lege of Health Sci­ences at Northeastern University, Boston, has been chosen to receive the 2014 Life­time Achieve­ment Award from the National Geron­to­log­ical Nursing Asso­ci­a­tion. The award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NGNA, rec­og­nizes indi­vid­uals whose...READ MORE »
March of Dimes Massachusetts chapter honors 17 nurses
The March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter honored 17 nurses from a group of 75 statewide finalists at its third annual Nurse of the Year Awards on Oct. 7 at the VERVE-Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick, Mass. The Nurse of the Year selection committee reviewed applications and chose winners in 12 categories, according to a news release. Two winners were selected in education: Anne Sheetz, RN, BSN, MPH, Massachusetts...READ MORE »
Colleagues celebrate with New England's Nurse.com 2012 national winner
Colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston celebrated with Patricia Dykes, RN, DNSc, FAAN, FACMI, a national winner in the 2012 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence program at a reception recently at the facility. Dykes is the senior nurse scientist and program director, Center for Patient Safety Research and practice program director, Center for Nursing Excellence, BWH. She was honored in 2012 as the Nurse.com...READ MORE »
Grant to help UMass Boston program recruit, retain minority nursing students
The University of Massachusetts Boston's College of Nursing and Health Sciences has received a $997,556 grant to recruit and retain minority students through a new program: Boston Urban Nurse Leaders in Eliminating Academic Disparities. The Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the grant. Over the next three years, the BUN-LEAD program...READ MORE »
Nurse takes over as Massachusetts public health commissioner
Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz has appointed Cheryl Bartlett, RN, a longtime community health leader, as commissioner of the state's Department of Public Health. Bartlett, who took over the post in June, was named acting commissioner in May. "Cheryl brings a comprehensive understanding of the commonwealth's public health needs, which will help her make necessary changes and...READ MORE »
Tufts Medical Center chooses new chief nursing officer
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, has named Terry Hudson-Jinks, RN, MSN, as its CNO. She served as interim CNO for six months. "Terry has a great passion for working with patient care leaders and staff to propel Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children forward," Michael Wagner, MD, interim president and CEO of Tufts, said in a news release. "She is deeply respected by our staff and physicians for her...READ MORE »
Fairfield University professor achieves 2 top honors
Meredith Wallace Kazer, APRN, PhD, FAAN, associate dean of Fairfield (Conn.) University's School of Nursing, has been recognized with both a national best book award and the highest accolade bestowed by the Connecticut Nurses' Association. The state association recently honored Kazer with the 2013 Virginia A. Henderson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nursing Research. The award is one of several Diamond...READ MORE »
New England nurses celebrate career milestones, awards
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses has awarded four recipients with the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award for the first quarter of 2013, including Jeanette Zocco, RNC-OB, MSN, C-EFM, the clinical nurse leader of labor and delivery at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn. Zocco has been teaching the intermediate course for the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program...READ MORE »
Boston College professor's study discovers new moms' need for depression followup
At the beginning of her career, June Andrews Horowitz, RN, PhD, PMHNCS-BC, FAAN, spotted a serious problem in need of research. "I used to teach Lamaze classes, just when postpartum depression was coming up on the horizon," said Horowitz, a professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. "Nobody really talked about it 30 years ago. I began to realize how many women suffered in silence and...READ MORE »