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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Aruda receives Distinguished Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award

The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners has awarded Assistant Professor Mary Aruda the 2009 Distinguished Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to nurse practitioner practice and commitment to providing quality health care to all.

The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners has awarded Assistant Professor Mary Aruda the 2009 Distinguished Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award, recognizing her outstanding contributions to nurse practitioner practice and commitment to providing quality health care to all.

Aruda received her bachelor's in nursing from Cornell University, New York Hospital School of Nursing, her master's from Boston University in Pediatric Primary Care, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She began her career as a Navy nurse with the United States Public Health Service on a Navajo reservation in Arizona, and later transferred to the USPHHS hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts. After completing her service, she joined Boston Children's Hospital, where she was a nurse practitioner in the Adolescent Clinic for over 20 years. Aruda has been an assistant professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing for the past six years, and currently serves as the chair of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Content Expert.

The award was given at the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners' annual meeting on May 7th in Newton, Massachuestts.