Holly B. Fontenot, RN, PhD, WHNP-BC, a clinical assistant professor at Boston Colleges 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 nursings womens health nurse practitioner program since 2007. She also is a womens 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 womens health,” Fontenot said.
Other winners among the 25 finalists from across the state were Kristen Fioravanti-Collette, RN, MSN, Baystate Childrens Hospital, Springfield, (Pediatric and Family Medicine); Ann Stadtler, RN, DNP, CPNP, Childrens Hospital Boston (Advanced Practice); Rita Patnode, RN, PNP, MS, Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston (Education); Margaret Hickey, RN, MS, Brigham and Womens (womens 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).