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Boston College educator, 8 others earn March of Dimes nursing awards

Monday March 11, 2013
Holly B. Fontenot, RN
Holly B. Fontenot, RN
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Winners in the March of Dimes 2012 Nurse of the Year awards pose after accepting their recognition.
(Photo courtesy of March of Dimes)
Holly B. Fontenot, RN, PhD, WHNP-BC, a clinical assistant professor at Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Mass., was one of nine RNs named 2012 Nurses of the Year in December by the Massachusetts chapter of the 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).