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Rutgers nursing educator earns national March of Dimes award

Saturday July 12, 2014
Patricia Suplee, RNC-OB
Patricia Suplee, RNC-OB
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Patricia Suplee, RNC-OB, PhD, an assistant professor at Rutgers University School of Nursing, Camden, N.J., was presented June 16 with the March of Dimes Margaret Comerford Freda Saving Babies, Together Award at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses convention in Orlando, Fla.
The recognition was for Suplee’s study, “Identifying Urban Women’s Needs for Postpartum Self-Care and Parental Transition.” The purpose of the study was to explore the relationship between birth outcomes and neighborhood characteristics within an urban population of black and Hispanic women.
“Dr. Suplee’s research will advance the health and wellness for two vulnerable populations,” AWHONN CEO Lynn Erdman, RN, MN, CNS, FAAN, said in a news release. “Her work to translate research into evidenced based practice will ensure improved care and outcomes for underserved women and infants.”
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 Saving Babies, Together 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 Freda, a long-time AWHONN member and nurse researcher who was the first chairwoman of the March of Dimes Nurse Advisory Council.
Suplee received her BSN degree from Indiana University and her MSN as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
She has been the recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Provost Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.


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