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   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
  June 6, 2002


Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.

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Nursing Merit Awards Dinner Recognizes 10 Outstanding Nurses

TRENTON - Ten of the state's outstanding nurses were honored at the annual Governor's Nursing Merit Awards Dinner last night at the Princeton Marriott Forrestal Village.

Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. presented the Governor's Nursing Merit Awards to the nurses for their accomplishments and service in the areas of patient care, nurse education, nursing research and administration. Nurses working in hospitals, nursing homes, and community health agencies were among those being recognized.

"Nurses are critical to effective health care, playing a vital role in the direct care of patients, the coordination of the health care team and the advocacy and empowerment of patients and their families," Commissioner Lacy said. " These 10 award recipients are outstanding individuals in their field and are representative of the many excellent and dedicated nursing professionals in our state."

The Nursing Advisory Committee has recognized the state's distinguished nurses each year since 1989. The following nurses, with their hometowns noted in parentheses, will receive the 2002 Governor's Nursing Merit Award:

Licensed Practical Nurse -- Acute Care -- Thomas Lawrence Hall, LPN, (Easthampton), Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - New Brunswick

Licensed Practical Nurse - Community Health -- Sylvia Padmore, LPN, (East Orange), Patient Care Medical Services, Inc.- West Orange

Licensed Practical Nurse - Long Term Care -- Theodora A. McQuade, LPNCLTC, (Burlington), Masonic Home of New Jersey - Burlington

Registered Professional Nurse - Acute Care -- Susan T. Stewart, RN, (Haworth), Hackensack University Medical Center

Registered Professional Nurse - Community Health -- Darlene Cadigan, RN, (Long Branch), Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey- Red Bank

Registered Professional Nurse - Long Term Care -- Wendy Sue Dorn, CRRN, (Atlantic Highlands), King James Care Center - Navesink

Professional Advanced Practice Nurse -- Maryanne Crowther, RN, APNC, CCRN, (Ocean), Jersey Shore Medical Center/Meridian Health System

Nurse Administrator -- Nancy Shendell-Falik, RN, MA, (Basking Ridge), Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Nurse Educator -- Judith Offner, RN, D.N.Sc., (Medford), Camden County Health Services Center/BHS - Blackwood

Nurse Researcher -- Lucille Sanzero Eller, PhD, RN, (Cedar Grove), Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - New Brunswick

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