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Oklahoma City University duo wins nursing honors

BY ROD JONES, Oklahoma City University Modified: September 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm •  Published: September 19, 2012

A faculty member and an alumna of Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing were chosen as 2012 Nurse of the Year award winners by the March of Dimes Oklahoma chapter during a ceremony Sept. 6.

Professor Carol Mannahan won the award in the Quality Improvement & Risk Management category, and alumna Karen Blackburn won in the Obstetrics & Gynecology category.

Kramer School of Nursing had four other representatives as finalists. More than 200 nurses throughout Oklahoma were nominated by their patients, peers and administrators in one or more of 15 different categories.

A volunteer committee, made up of industry professionals and community leaders, reviewed blinded nominations to select three finalists in each category.

“We had an overwhelming response from the community as well as people inside the health care arena,” said Laurie Applekamp, state director of the Oklahoma chapter March of Dimes.

“The Nurse of the Year event is a great opportunity to honor our Oklahoma nurses, bring more awareness to the profession and further the mission of the March of Dimes.”

The award is presented by INTEGRIS Health.

“It was my honor to pay tribute to not only the specific accomplishments these men and women have made, but to also recognize the daily contributions these talented nursing professionals have made in the lives of countless Oklahomans,” said Linda Merkey, system chief nursing officer for INTEGRIS Health and the award ceremony chairwoman.

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