Adrienne Kirby, RN, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO of Cooper University Health Care in Camden, received the school’s Alumni Nursing Pioneer Award. Regina Grazel, RN, MSN, APN-C, a project coordinator for the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, was presented with the Alumni Nursing Excellence Award.
“These awards are presented to individuals who have made impressive contributions to nursing and healthcare,” Joanne Robinson, RN, PhD, GCNS-BC, FAAN, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, said in a news release. “They commit to making a difference every day and they are extraordinary role models for the next generation of nurses.”
The Alumni Nursing Pioneer Award is given annually to a trailblazer in nursing in recognition of significant and innovative contributions in the areas of practice, education, scholarship and leadership. Kirby, who graduated from Rutgers–Camden in 1979, manages the daily operations and leads strategic initiatives for Cooper University Health Care, which includes Cooper University Hospital in Camden and more than 100 offices throughout southern New Jersey.
The Alumni Nursing Excellence Award recognizes extraordinary and enduring contributions to the nursing profession as a leader, scholar, educator or clinician.
Grazel, who received her BSN from Rutgers–Camden in 1981, has more than 30 years of professional nursing experience and has made significant contributions to maternity and baby care and resuscitation training regionally and beyond, according to a news release.
In her role with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Grazel is project coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Health Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program, for which she develops parent and professional education materials and resources for 54 maternity hospitals.
“To be recognized by my alma mater is truly special,” Grazel said in the release. “I am honored to receive an award amongst graduates of the nursing program at Rutgers–Camden who have gone on to make significant contributions to the field.”
Grazel also serves as a per diem perinatal clinical nurse specialist for Lourdes Health System in Camden and has worked in the level 3 NICU and mother-baby unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. She serves as the regional trainer and site coordinator for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and coordinator of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.
“I am thankful for the high-quality baccalaureate education that I received at Rutgers–Camden,” she said in the release. “In addition to course studies, it was here at Rutgers–Camden where the expectations of the professional nurse as a leader were first described and further instilled. These principles have continued to guide me throughout my career.”
The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden began awarding distinguished alumni with the Alumni Nursing Pioneer Award and the Alumni Nursing Excellence Award in 2012.
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