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March of Dimes Announces Nursing Scholarship Recipients
Date:7/7/2008

8 Outstanding Nurses Recognized for Dedication to Maternal and Infant Health

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight exceptional registered nurses have been awarded scholarships from the March of Dimes for graduate studies in the field of maternal-child nursing, it was announced today.

"These nurses are examples of the vision and dedication of nurses all over the country who work tirelessly to improve maternal and infant health," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "The March of Dimes is proud to honor their achievements and to help them go on to make even greater contributions to their communities."

The March of Dimes is awarding eight scholarships this year instead of the traditional four, thanks to a generous contribution from Evenflo and Proctor & Gamble Company.

The March of Dimes annual Graduate Nursing Scholarship was founded in 1997 to assist registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs in maternal-child nursing. Each recipient receives $5,000 to continue their education.

The eight scholarship winners are:

-- Ashley Darcy, BSN, RN, a nurse from Philadelphia who is studying for a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Darcy is a neonatal nurse practitioner, currently working in the NICU at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her doctoral dissertation will focus on neurological and behavioral development of infants in the post-NICU environment. She plans to generate nursing interventions that will help to optimize the health of premature infants.

-- Lorie Goshin, RN, MSN, a nurse from Brooklyn, New York who is working toward a doctorate in nursing science at Columbia University. Ms. Goshin has chosen to work with women in prison who have infants living with them in a prison nursery system. She has been tracking the developmental outcomes of the children through their first year of life. Her long-term career goals include completing independent nursing and multidisciplinary research, and teaching community and family health to nursing students.

-- Cynthia Jensen, RN, BSN, CCRN, a neonatal nurse-practitioner from Petaluma, California who is a studying for a master's degree at the University of California, San Francisco. Ms. Jensen plans to become a neonatal clinical nurse specialist with a minor in education. One of her goals is to explore the use of simulation-based education in neonatal resuscitation as part of clinical training for nurses. Simulation training is an extremely important new part of nursing education, and nursing will benefit from more highly educated nurses able to institute this methodology. She has also worked in the Congo.

-- Amy Law, MS, CNM, a nurse from Dublin, California who is studying for a PhD at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a practicing nurse-midwife working at Kaiser Permanente. Ms. Law is studying racial and ethnic disparities that influence the incidence of preterm birth. She has practiced midwifery in impoverished regions of Mexico and Colombia. She also led an international team engaged in community developmental activities throughout Mexico.

-- Ana Louisa Ralston, RN, a nurse from Washington, D.C. who is currently seeking an MSN in Nurse-Midwifery at Georgetown University. Ms. Ralston's original bachelor's degree was in international relations, and she became a nurse as a second degree student, reflecting a national trend of young people changing their careers and joining nursing.

She previously served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and in Paraguay, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Ms. Ralston intends to use her midwifery degree to help stem the tide of maternal mortality in developing countries, and then to work with migrant farm workers in the United States, as well as to advocate for Medicaid and SCHIP programs.

-- Elizabeth Rosen, RN, BSN, PhDc, a nurse from Topeka, Kansas and a candidate for a PhD in nursing from Kansas University. Ms. Rosen's career goals include conducting research specific to childbearing families, as well as teaching obstetrics and research in a school of nursing. During her clinical nursing career, Ms. Rosen has attended more than 2,500 births and was instrumental in the development of family centered maternity care in her community. She is a long-time volunteer for the March of Dimes, and has received numerous awards, including Nurse of the Year from the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

-- Erin Tenney, RN, BSN, of Bayfield, Wisconsin, who currently works at the Red Cliff Tribal Health Center in rural Wisconsin and is a candidate for a dual master's degree (nurse-midwifery and women's health nurse-practitioner) from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Ms. Tenney aims to improve women's health in the Native American and Hispanic communities. She has already developed a community-based doula network to provide labor support for women living on the reservation, and has become certified as a lactation consultant and childbirth educator. She also holds a certificate in nonprofit administration. As a nurse-midwife/nurse-practitioner in a rural setting, she will be able to provide health care for hundreds of women who would otherwise receive none.

-- Kristin VanderEnde, RN, MSN, CNM a Decatur, Georgia resident, who is studying for a PhD in nursing from Emory University. Ms. VanderEnde is a nurse midwife who has worked in Kenya and in the Northern Mariana Islands, providing care for women in need.

She plans to study the effects of partner violence on maternal and neonatal health, and will be collecting data for her doctorate among women in Bangladesh. She hopes to train nurses and nurse-midwives who have a vision to improve maternal-child health.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.


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