SAYREVILLE, NJ – The March of Dimes New Jersey chapter is pleased to announce that Freehold resident Molly Walker from Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune received the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the Women's Health category.  Freehold resident Christy McCoy from Rutgers School of Nursing in Newark received the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the Student Nurse category.  Neptune resident Kristen Irvine from Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch received the 2014 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the Rising Star category.

Through Nurse of the Year Awards, the March of Dimes recognizes nurses who demonstrate exceptional patient care, compassion, and service.  Whether serving as a health care provider, educator, researcher, or chapter volunteer/advisor, these nurses have played a critical role in improving the health of New Jersey’s mothers and babies. Nurse of the Year Awards celebrate the nursing profession and creates awareness of the recent strides made in this growing field.

Molly Walker, BSN, RN, CNM, MSN, SANE, FN-CSA, SANE-P, is a Staff Nurse-Midwife at the Family Health Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. She is a clinician for the Spanish CenteringPregnancy® groups at the center, which is a multifaceted model of group care that integrates the three major components of care: health assessment, education, and support, into a unified program within a group setting. Certified as SANE-P in pediatrics, she is also  a presenter on  Bioterroism Readiness lectures to staff at Horizon Health Center in Jersey City . 

Kristen Irvine RN, CBC is a nurse in the Woman's and Children's Services department at Monmouth Medical Center. At the center, she is a member of Shared Governance, a preceptor to new employees, and a certified breastfeeding counselor.

Christy McCoy, BSN, BLS, ACLS, PALS, is a student at Rutgers School of Nursing, where she serves on the Student Government Association for the Newark campus and tutors other nursing students. She has received the "Star Student of the Month" award and the "Student Excellence Award" for community involvement. She is a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau.

“We could not do the work of the March of Dimes without the passion and commitment of our nurses.  This is our opportunity to show them how special they truly are,” said Allie Hall, Central Division Executive Director, New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes.

Nurse of the Year Awards are given annually in approximately 19 award categories.  More than 5,000 nurses were nominated nationwide, including 240 in our area. New Jersey award recipients were announced at a special awards gala held on November 19, 2014 at Pines Manor in Edison, which had a record attendance of almost 400 people.  At the event there were 139 finalists which represented 40 hospitals and healthcare facilities.