(Photo courtesy of March of Dimes)
Fontenot, who won in the Nursing Administration/Research category, said she was honored by the recognition.
"It was just such a great honor to be nominated," Fontenot said. "There are so many exceptional nurses in Massachusetts. It is always nice to be recognized for hard work."
The honor is a statewide award that recognizes nurses who represent the March of Dimes’ vision for a healthier, stronger generation of babies and families.
Fontenot, a faculty member at the college since 2004, has served as coordinator of the school of nursing’s women’s health nurse practitioner program since 2007. She also is a women’s health nurse practitioner at the Sidney Borum Health Center, where she supervises graduate students on clinical rotations.
"For me, I want to help other nurses understand that research has an important role, and that nurses can have a significant impact on advancing the science related to women’s health," Fontenot said.
Other winners among the 25 finalists from across the state were Kristen Fioravanti-Collette, RN, MSN, Baystate Children’s Hospital, Springfield, (Pediatric and Family Medicine); Ann Stadtler, RN, DNP, CPNP, Children’s Hospital Boston (Advanced Practice); Rita Patnode, RN, PNP, MS, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston (Education); Margaret Hickey, RN, MS, Brigham and Women’s (women’s health); Roselaine Charlucien-Koech, RN, West Roxbury Education Complex (Community and Public Health); Patricia Fleck, RN, APN, Northeastern University, Boston (Neonatal); Karen Friedman, RN, FNP-C, MS, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (Heart Award); and Deborah Durgin, RNC, BSN, IBCLC, MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham (Nurse Leader of the Year).