The New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes honored 18 award winners Dec. 4 at its 2014 Nurse of the Year Awards event in Sayreville, N.J.
The annual event recognizes nurses who demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion and service in improving the health of New Jersey mothers and babies, according to a news release.
“We could not do the work of the March of Dimes without the passion and commitment of our nurses,” Allie Hall, central division executive director, New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes, said in the release. “This is our opportunity to show them how special they truly are.”
Among the winners and their categories were the following:
Kathleen Neville, PhD, RN, Kean University, Union, Academic Educator
Mary Stauss, MSN, RN, CEN, Cooper University Health Care, Camden, Adult Critical Care Emergency
Maureen D’Auria, MSN, RN, St. Joseph Home/The York Street Project, Jersey City, Advanced Practice
Theodora Sirota, RN, CNL, PMHCNS-BC, APN-C, Caldwell University, Behavioral Health
Kathleen Kelly, MHA, BS, RN, CCM, CPHM, Kennedy University Hospital, Stratford, Case Management
Reba Scharf, MSN, RN, CPE, CWS, CWCN, CHPN, Inspira Health Network, Woodbury, General Adult Care
Mary Murray, BSN, RN, Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, West Orange, Hospice, Home Health, Palliative Care and Long Term Acute Care
Eunice “Jackie” Blanchard, MSN, RN, CIC, Atlantic Health System,
Morristown, Infection Control and Quality/Risk Management
Eleanita Enriquez, MSN, RN, CPNP, CCRN, CEIM, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Princeton, Neonatal
Jonathan Gapilango, MSN, RN, OCN, CCRP, NE-BC, Community Medical Center, Toms River, Nursing Administration
Joseph Alessandrini, BS, RPh, RPIC, FASHP, Inspira, Nurse Champion
Maureen Esteves, PhD, MSN, RN, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Nurse Educator
Dawn O’Neill, BSN, RN, CPN, Inspira, Pediatrics
Patricia Suplee, PhD, MSN, RNC-OB, Rutgers, Research
Kristen Irvine, RN, CBC, Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, Rising Star
Christy McCoy, BSN, BLS, ACLS, PALS, Rutgers, Student Nurse
Deborah Cutrona, MSN, RN, CCRN, Cooper University Health Care, Camden, Surgical Services
Molly V. Walker, MSN, RN, CNM, SANE, FN-CSA, SANE-P, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, Women’s Health
“The work of the March of Dimes and Nurse of the Year are near and dear to my heart,” 2014 event chairwoman Karen Ahearn, MA, RN, NEA-BC, vice president, patient care services/CNO, Community Medical Center, 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.”
More than 5,000 nurses were nominated nationwide, including 209 in New Jersey.
The awards were sponsored by AmeriHealth, Community Medical Center, Kennedy Health Systems, Meridian Health, Monmouth Medical Center, Preferred Home Healthcare and Nursing Services, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers School of Nursing.