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March of Dimes Names BC Connell School of Nursing's Melissa Sutherland Nurse of the Year

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (September 2015) -- Connell School of Nursing Associate Professor Melissa Sutherland has been named a 2015 Nurse of the Year by the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes. Sutherland was honored in the category of Community and Public Health.

Melissa Sutherland
Melissa Sutherland

Nurse of the Year awards recognize distinguished nurses for their outstanding contributions to health care in Massachusetts. Sutherland received the distinction this month at a ceremony in Boston.

"I am honored to have won a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award," said Sutherland, a family nurse practitioner. "Each of this year’s finalists made incredible contributions to the lives of women and babies. A special thank you to those who nominated me and those who have supported my work to improve health outcomes."

Sutherland's research is on interpersonal violence and its influence on health outcomes among adolescent and young adult women. She is leading a study, funded by the NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, that is looking at violence screening in college health centers. Her work has been published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. Among the courses she has taught is Public Health in a Global Society, in collaboration with BC School of Social Work's Summer Hawkins. It is an offering in BC's Global Public Health program, an interdisciplinary undergraduate initiative.


--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs,