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Head of Saint Peter’s Adult Oncology Unit Wins Statewide Nursing Leadership Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (December 11, 2012) - Avril Keldo, MSN, NP-C, OCN, and nurse manager of the adult oncology unit at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, has been awarded the ONE/NJ Nurse Leader Award for demonstrating exception leadership, guidance and service to the nursing profession.

Avril Keldo, MSN, NP-C, OCN

Avril Keldo, MSN, NP-C, OCN

Nurse Managers who work in acute care, continuing care and academia are eligible for the ONE/NJ Nurse Leader Award, presented by the Organization of Nurse Executives of New Jersey. ONE/NJ exists to represent and strengthen nurse leaders and aspiring nurse leaders by providing opportunities for professional networking, education, mentorship and consultation. The strategic plan of ONE/NJ identifies its core business as education and leadership development, public policy advocacy, career development, information resources and research. ONE/NJ has established goals for each of these areas to further the mission of the organization and enhance the image of the profession.

Keldo, of North Brunswick, was cited for a managerial style that has produced nearly perfect ratings for patient satisfaction on her oncology unit, where she has started model practices including: the purchase of refrigerators for every room so that families can bring home-cooked meals for themselves and loved ones; staff-signed bereavement cards for grieving families; an annual Christmas party for children who have lost a parent to cancer, which includes yearly scholarships for children in college who have lost a parent to cancer, and an annual “adopt a child” program through which gifts are delivered on Christmas Eve to the homes of children whose parents are sick with cancer.

“Nurse satisfaction and continuous nursing education are other high-priorities for Avril,” said Linda Carroll, director of professional practice. Every nurse on the oncology unit is certified in their specialty and five nurses have completed MSN/APN programs, with three pending graduation at the end of the year. “Each staff member is recognized formally for their educational achievements and excellent care of their patients and mastering high satisfaction of both patients and their families,” Carroll added.

Keldo earned a bachelor’s degree from Kean University in Union and an MSN/APN degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. She also holds dual certification in both medical surgical and oncology nursing.

About Saint Peter's University Hospital
Saint Peter's University Hospital is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter's is a state-designated children's hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in geriatrics, oncology, orthopedics, women's services and ambulatory care.

The Children's Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including pediatric cardiology through its affiliation with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Saint Peter's is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a regional medical campus of Drexel University College of Medicine. Saint Peter's also sponsors a residency program in orthopedic surgery in affiliation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

The hospital, part of the Saint Peter's Healthcare System, is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, is recognized as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is a three-time winner of the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in Nursing, and is recognized by the American Diabetes Association in all areas of diabetes education. Saint Peter's is located at 254 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For more information about Saint Peter's, please visit www.saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.

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Contact:
Philip Hartman
Director of Public Relations
Saint Peter's Healthcare System
New Brunswick, N.J.
732-339-7002
phartman@saintpetersuh.com