CONCORD – Katie White, R.N., a registered pediatric nurse at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, is the 2013 recipient of the Clint M. Jones New Hampshire Nursing Award presented by the Foundation for Healthy Communities.

White, a University of New England graduate, received the eighth annual award during a special Nurses' Day program held Friday (May 10) at Wentworth-Douglas.

The Clint Jones Nursing Award was created in 2006 by the Foundation for Healthy Communities to honor the memory of the former director of the Foundation's N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership. The award recognizes a registered nurse practicing in New Hampshire for at least one year but not more than six years, who exemplifies quality nursing care and demonstrates a commitment to a career in nursing.

White first joined the staff at Wentworth-Douglass in 2010 and currently serves in the hospital's Women and Children's Center.

"Although Katie has only been working at Wentworth-Douglass for three years, the impact she has made has been significant," said fellow nurse Julie Cole in her letter of nomination. "On a daily basis, she demonstrates professionalism, sharp critical thinking skills and a superb bedside manner, and she demonstrates great potential to continue to be a leader in advancing the nursing profession."

Between November 2002 and February 2005, the N.H. Nursing Workforce Partnership – under the direction of Clint Jones – distributed millions of dollars in forgivable loans to hundreds of aspiring nurses in college and practicing nurses who received specialty training or advanced degrees.

"Clint worked with extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment at the Foundation for Healthy Communities and with several other New Hampshire organizations to encourage people to pursue a nursing career," said Shawn LaFrance, the Foundation's executive director. "This award in Clint's name is one way to honor those who work so hard to care for patients across the state."

As they have every year, Clint's wife, Leslie, and son, Matt, attended the ceremony to present the award to the chosen nurse.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire. The Foundation's partnerships include hospitals, health plans, clinicians, home care agencies, public policy leaders, and other health and social service organizations. Learn more about the Foundation at www.healthyNH.com.

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