Nurses honored for their contributions to maternal healthcare

The March for Dimes recently announced the recipients of master's of nursing degree scholarships. Four nurses were awarded grants to be used towards graduate school for their dedication to the improvement of maternal and infant health.

Of the four women selected to receive these scholarships, Annie Rohan is studying to become a neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioner. The other three award winners – Rachel Newhouse, Rebecca Pfender and Julia Perkins – are pursuing master's of science in nursing degrees with concentrations in midwifery.

According to March of Dimes officials, these nurses stood out based on the initiatives and research programs they have created. Examples include studies on the effects of recurrent pain on the development of premature infants, the establishment of orphanages in Haiti and Armenia, and educational outreach on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

"This year's recipients have made extraordinary efforts to improve the health of women and children around the world and we are proud to help them succeed and continue their nursing education," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, the president of the March of Dimes. "We hope these scholarships will help them achieve their goals of improving the health of women and babies."

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