Karen Ahearn, MPA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and CNO, Community Medical Center, Toms River, N.J., has accepted the honorary chairwoman position for the 2014 March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter Nurse of the Year awards.
The ninth annual event, planned Nov. 19 at Pines Manor in Edison, N.J., will honor nurses for their outstanding contributions, according to a news release.
The work of the March of Dimes and Nurse of the Year are near and dear to my heart, Ahearn said in the release. The outcomes of the research, programs and advocacy work of the March of Dimes have markedly decreased the rate of prematurity and improved the health and well-being of our most precious patient population. As a maternal child registered nurse and nurse leader, the combination of being able to help promote the work of the March of Dimes and, at the same time, provide recognition to nurses is an amazing opportunity.
Nurses statewide have been nominated for awards, the release said.
Ahearn began her nursing career in 1985 and has been a member of the Barnabas Health organization since 1995. She is a member of the Organization of Nurse Executives, sits on the March of Dimes New Jersey Central Division board of directors and participates in the Jersey Shore March for Babies.
For information, visit www.MarchOfDimes.org/newjersey or contact Allie Hall at [email protected]