News Release
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   June 5, 2001

Christine Grant

For Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg or Dennis McGowan


Ten Distinguished Nurses to Receive
Governor's Nursing Merit Awards

TRENTON -- Commissioner Christine Grant will recognize the recipients of the 2001 Governor's Nursing Merit Awards on Wednesday, June 6, 2001. Ten nursing professionals will be recognized for their commitment and service in the areas of patient care, administration, education and research.

The awards will be presented at the annual Governor's Nursing Merit Awards Dinner. The event will begin with a reception at 5:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the Princeton Marriott Hotel. Joining the Commissioner will be Institute for Nursing President MiMi Cappelli, MA, RN, and Jane Adams, MSN, RN. Adams is chairwoman of the Nursing Merit Awards Advisory Committee that selected this year's honorees from among the 136 nominated nursing professionals throughout New Jersey.

"Nurses contribute to our health care system by administering all levels of patient care and by shaping policy," said Commissioner Grant. "I am pleased to recognize these ten award recipients and all nursing professionals in New Jersey."

The Nursing Advisory Committee has recognized exceptional nursing professionals in New Jersey each year since 1989. The Governor's 2001 Nursing Merit Awards recipients, with their hometowns noted in parentheses, are:

Licensed Practical Nurse - Acute Care - Donald Acquavella, LPN, (Belmar) Meridian Health System, Jersey Shore Medical Center

Licensed Practical Nurse - Long Term Care - Lillie M. Davis, LPN, (Trenton) Presbyterian Home at Meadow Lakes

Licensed Practical Nurse - Community Health - Eronia Tillery, LPN, (Orange) Patient Care Medical Services, Inc.

Registered Professional Nurse - Acute Care - Pamela J. Botka, RN, BSN A-CCC, (Boonton) Morristown Memorial Hospital

Registered Professional Nurse - Long Term Care - Darlene D. Borromeo, RN, C, CDONA LTC (Hamburg) Christian Health Care Center

Registered Professional Nurse - Community Health - Mary Ann West, RN, MSN (Oakland) Valley Home Care, Inc.

Nurse Educator - Robert G. Hess, Jr., RN, PhD (Voorhees) Nursing Spectrum

Nurse Researcher - Nancy Schnieder Redeker, PhD, RN, CS, (Union) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing

Professional Advanced Practice Nurse - John Farrell Monaghan, MS, RN, APN, C (Morristown) Hackensack University Medical Center

Nurse Administrator - Peggy K. Jones, BSN, MSN, CNAA, (Southampton, Pa) St. Francis Medical Center

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