October 31, 2011 — Coral Gables — Seven student nurses from the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies have been nominated finalists for the 2011 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in the categories of “Student Nursing” and “Rising Star.” Finalists in the “Student Nursing” category include UM undergraduates Joy Ariel, Valerie Halstead, Ana Pino, Kelley Poteet, Autum Willard, and Sophia Khawly. “Rising Star” nominee Aubry Florom Smith was selected based on a demonstration of outstanding caring, leadership, and professionalism within the first 18 months of practice.
March of Dimes, a leading nonprofit organization focusing on improving the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality, hosts the March ofDimes Nurse of the Year, a special event that honors the contributions of nurses who have demonstrated exceptional patient care, compassion, and service. Finalists are nominated by their peers, coworkers, and patients based on commitment to profession and community as well as dedication to excellence. Each honoree has generously touched the lives of families in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
The UM student nominees will be honored at a program hosted by the March of Dimes on Friday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel in Doral. The program will include a silent auction, which will be immediately followed by a dinner and awards ceremony.
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