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New Jersey nurse receives "Saving Babies" award

Wednesday June 25, 2014
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The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses recently presented the March of Dimes Margaret Comerford Freda “Saving Babies, Together” Award to Patricia Suplee, RNC-OB, PhD, for her study, “Identifying Urban Women’s Needs for Postpartum Self-Care and Parental Transition,” according to a news release. Suplee is an assistant professor at Rutgers University School of Nursing in Camden, N.J.

The purpose of the study is to explore the relationship between birth outcomes and neighborhood characteristics within an urban population of African-American and Hispanic women. The study is part of Suplee’s wider program of research on improving nursing interventions to improve health for underserved minority urban women. The award was presented at AWHONN’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

The award is presented annually to an experienced investigator whose research reflects the common commitment of the March of Dimes and AWHONN to promote the health of women and newborns. The award is supported through an educational grant from the March of Dimes and named for long-time AWHONN member and nurse researcher, Margaret Comerford Freda, RN, EdD, CHES, FAAN. Freda was the first and long-time chairwoman of the March of Dimes Nurse Advisory Council.

“Dr. Suplee’s research will advance the health and wellness for two vulnerable populations,” AWHONN’s CEO Lynn Erdman, RN, MN, CNS, FAAN, said in the release. “Her work to translate research into evidenced based practice will ensure improved care and outcomes for underserved women and infants.”

Suplee received her BSN from Indiana University and her MSN as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Shas been the recipient of the prestigious Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Provost Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. In addition, she has more than 25 years of experience caring for childbearing women, is a seasoned nurse educator, and served as a member of the pioneering interdisciplinary clinical team that helped transition obstetrical care into modern high-risk perinatal acute care, according to the release.


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