WEST ORANGE, N.J. Seton Hall University College of Nursing celebrated the success of four alumni at its Margaret C. Haley Awards dinner Oct. 6. The awards are presented annually to nursing almuni who have offered significant contributions to the profession.
Before the awards presentation, last years Margaret C. Haley Award recipient, Nancy Redeker, MSN, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, professor, division of acute care/health systems at Yale University School of Nursing, Orange, Conn., delivered the evenings special remarks.
In her presentation, Transitional Science and Evidence-based Practice, Redeker stressed the need for nursing to take control of its own destiny where research is concerned. We are the ones who are using our expertise, said Redeker, who is working in the cognitive behavioral health and insomnia field. We need to own our ideas.
Acting Dean Marie C. Foley, PhD, RN, presented the awards to four nurses, two of whom were recent Seton Hall nursing graduates.
Mary Ellen Roberts, DNP, MSN/MA, RN, APNC, FAANP, FAAN, an assistant professor in the graduate department and director of the DNP program at Seton Hall, was the recipient of the 2014 Margaret C. Haley Award.
The recognition honors a graduate who embodies the qualities of Haley, who served as dean from 1951 to 1967. Roberts is an adult and acute care nurse practitioner who maintains a practice with the Urban Health Initiative Program, which serves the vulnerable population in and around the greater Newark, N.J. area. A 1990 graduate, Roberts said she was extremely humbled and proud to be recognized by her alma mater.
The Nelson J. Aquino Humanitarian Award was presented to 1987 graduate Kathe Conlon, BSN, RN, CEM, MSHS, for her work with the New Jersey Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue team. Conlon volunteers as the senior nurse logistics leader for the team, which assists local forces by providing additional expertise and equipment during large-scale rescue efforts. Conlon, who works as the burn emergency preparedness coordinator for Saint Barnabas Health Care System, West Orange, N.J., was also recognized earlier this year as a New York/New Jersey regional finalist in the Volunteerism and Service category of Nurse.coms GEM Awards.
Conlon thanked Foley for the honor and lauded her experiences at Seton Hall, both as a student so many years ago and as a visitor in recent years.
Many of the values that I impart in my everyday practice, I learned here at Seton Hall College of Nursing, she said. When I visit the students, its wonderful to see that those values are still in place there today.
The college also recognized two other nurses during the awards ceremony. Maureen Byrnes, DNP, RN, MSN, CNM, an instructor at Seton Hall, and Edward Cuza, RN, a medical intensive care nurse at St. Josephs Regional Trauma Center, Paterson, N.J., were presented with the Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Alumni Award. The honor is presented to alumni who have graduated within the past five years and who demonstrated excellence in their nursing careers.
Byrnes was recognized for her work with adolescent unwed mothers and Cuza was honored for spearheading New Jerseys first chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing.
Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.