UW Bothell Graduates Receive Nominations for Nurse of the Year

Thursday, December 17, 2009
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BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell is proud to announce that three of its Master of Nursing graduates received nominations for the 2009 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award.

Elaine Beardley, MN '08, Karen Johnston, MN '04 and Karena Wong, MN '07 were nominated for their exemplary work in the nursing community. Beardley is currently with Children's Hospital, Johnston is with the Seattle Public Schools and Wong is with the UW Medical Center.

Says Dr. Mary Baroni, Director of the UW Bothell Nursing Program, "Although they weren't recipients, it is still an honor to be nominated. It is always fun to see our graduates out in the community doing great things!"

The March of Dimes is the leading organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

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About the Nursing Program: The University of Washington Bothell's RN-to-BSN and MN programs, part of the #1 rated University of Washington School of Nursing, prepare graduates to be health care leaders. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program offers nurses with an RN both full- and part-time study options for earning their BSN, with classes held at the Bothell and Mount Vernon location.  The Master of Nursing program prepares professional nurses for leadership roles in health care practice, education, administration, and research settings.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.