March of Dimes Recognizes Two Seton Hall University Nursing Faculty

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A Seton Hall University College of Nursing faculty member recently won a prestigious award from a local chapter of the March of Dimes. College of Nursing Associate Dean Marcia Gardner, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P., C.P.N., of South Orange, won the Academic Educator Nurse of the Year Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes, a national organization dedicated to promoting healthy pregnancies, preventing birth defects, and helping families. Josephine DeVito, Ph.D., R.N., Undergraduate Chair, of Middletown, was also a finalist in the Health Educator category.

The annual awards honor outstanding nurses in the region who work on the frontlines of family and newborn health, both in clinical settings and in research. Nurses are nominated by colleagues or patients, and recipients are selected by a panel of healthcare professionals. The winners received the awards at a banquet and ceremony on November 18.

Dr. Gardner, who was nominated by former colleague Patricia D. Suplee, Ph.D., R.N., R.N.C.-O.B., is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and early childhood researcher with interests in special healthcare needs, developmental disabilities, autism, and other early parenting issues. Her research in children’s healthcare sets the standard in our region.

“Dr. Gardner’s contributions to nursing education have been outstanding,” Dr. Suplee said. “She has a vast knowledge base of pediatrics, nursing leadership, and conceptual foundations of nursing practice that she continuously shares with her students so they can then be proficient at the bedside when caring for our most vulnerable patients.”

Gardner is pleased to have earned this distinction. “It is truly an honor to be a teacher and to share my enthusiasm with students and have the opportunity to see them find their own interests and succeed.”

“It is significant that two of our outstanding faculty were recognized by the March of Dimes,” said College of Nursing Dean Marie Foley. “Dr. Gardner and Dr. DeVito are both exceptional educators and we are very lucky to have them here in the College of Nursing.”

For more information about the New Jersey chapter of the March of Dimes, visit their website. (


Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975, the Ph.D. program in 2006 and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2009. U.S. News & World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top 75 graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.


One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has experienced record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth as well as nearly a 100-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. Since 2007, Seton Hall students and alumni have been awarded 18 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors including a Rhodes Scholar. A founding member of the new Big East Conference, the Seton Hall Pirates field 14 NCAA Division I varsity sports teams.

The university’s beautiful main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles from New York City – offering its students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark.

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