A Seton Hall College of Nursing faculty member recently won a prestigious award from a local chapter of the March of Dimes.
College of Nursing Associate Dean Marcia Gardner, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P., C.P.N., won the Academic Educator Nurse of the Year Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes, a national organization dedicated to promoting healthy pregnancies, preventing birth defects, and helping families. Josephine DeVito, Ph.D., R.N., Undergraduate Chair, was also a finalist in the Health Educator category.
The annual awards honor outstanding nurses in the region who work on the front lines of family and newborn health, both in clinical settings and in research. Nurses are nominated by colleagues or patients, and recipients are selected by a panel of healthcare professionals. The winners received the awards at a banquet and ceremony on November 18.
Dr. Gardner, who was nominated by former colleague Patricia D. Suplee, Ph.D., R.N., R.N.C.-O.B., is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and early childhood researcher with interests in special healthcare needs, developmental disabilities, autism, and other early parenting issues. Her research in children’s healthcare sets the standard in our region.
“Dr. Gardner’s contributions to nursing education have been outstanding,” Dr. Suplee said. “She has a vast knowledge base of pediatrics, nursing leadership, and conceptual foundations of nursing practice that she continuously shares with her students so they can then be proficient at the bedside when caring for our most vulnerable patients.”
Gardner is pleased to have earned this distinction. “It is truly an honor to be a teacher and to share my enthusiasm with students and have the opportunity to see them find their own interests and succeed.”
“It is significant that two of our outstanding faculty were recognized by the March of Dimes,” said College of Nursing Dean Marie Foley. “Dr. Gardner and Dr. DeVito are both exceptional educators and we are very lucky to have them here in the College of Nursing.”
For more information about the New Jersey chapter of the March of Dimes, visit their website.
About College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975, the Ph.D. program in 2006 and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2009. U.S. News & World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top 75 graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.
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