2003 Nursing Scholarships Announced By March Of Dimes

March of Dimes
Monday, 19 May 2003

Four exceptional registered nurses have been awarded scholarships for graduate studies in the field of maternal-child nursing from the March of Dimes, it was announced today.

"These outstanding nurses offer the highest quality of care to mothers and babies," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "The March of Dimes is proud to recognize their achievements and help them go on to make even greater contributions to their communities."

The March of Dimes annual Graduate Nursing Scholarships were founded in 1997 to assist registered nurses enrolled in graduate programs in maternal-child nursing. The four scholarship winners for 2003, each of whom receives $5,000 to continue her education, are:

  • Dawn Dailey, a public health nurse in the Contra Costa Health Department who is studying for her Ph.D. in Nursing at the University of California San Francisco. Ms. Dailey works with the black infant health program, the fetal infant mortality review program, and the sudden infant death syndrome program. Her particular interests lie in helping the disadvantaged and the underserved, and in working to help overcome the high rates of infant mortality in the black community. She is especially interested in studying the effects of racism and birth outcomes.
  • Debra Hamilton, a public health nurse for the Wyoming Department of Health who has dedicated her career to decreasing the rates of preterm birth in that state. Ms. Hamilton is currently studying for a master's degree in maternal child health at the University of Wyoming. She manages a "Best Beginnings" program aimed at improving access to health care for indigent women, chairs a multidisciplinary task force on low birthweight for the Governor's office, implements the Wyoming Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, and initiated a Wyoming maternal dental care program for Medicaid recipients.
  • Margie Campbell, a nurse from Columbus, Indiana, currently attending the Indiana University School of Nursing to attain a master's degree in maternal child nursing. Ms. Campbell has worked in labor and delivery settings as well as in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nursing and also is certified as a childbirth educator, neonatal instructor, and bereavement counselor. She developed a "prematurity pathway" used with premature infants at her institution to guide evidence-based care. She has also been intensely involved in the development of Indiana's birth problems surveillance system.
  • Kelli Dyer, a nurse and childbirth educator from Columbus, Georgia, who is pursuing a master's degree from Case Western Reserve University along with a certificate in nurse midwifery from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Ms. Dyer became a mother herself at the age of 17. She received care from a nurse midwife, and reports that her life was changed by that experience. She determined to become a nurse midwife herself, despite seemingly insurmountable odds against her. Although she had to work toward this goal for the past 8 years, she not only finished high school but graduated magna cum laude from college.

Qualified applicants for the March of Dimes nursing scholarships are registered nurses currently enrolled in a graduate program in maternal-child nursing at the masters or doctorate level. Applicants should be a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, or the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. Applications for the 2004 scholarships will be available this fall on the March of Dimes Web site at www.marchofdimes.com, or by calling the March of Dimes at (914) 997-4609. Applications are due January 16, 2004.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at www.marchofdimes.com, its Spanish Web site at www.nacersano.org, or call 1-888-MODIMES. For more information on the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica, visit the Web site at www.walkamerica.org.

For more information, or to contact March of Dimes, see their website at: www.marchofdimes.com

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