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Meet the Robert Wood Johnson Nursing Educator who was Honored by the U.N.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — She’s worked nearly every job a nurse can at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. And she’s also run any number of charity efforts.

Now, Myrna Young is getting something in return.

The nursing education specialist earned the 2017 Global Nursing Recognition Award, which was announced at the United Nations building on May 16, in honor of the first-ever celebration of International Nurses Day, according to a press release from the hospital. Young received the award for her contributions to nursing education, professional service and dedication to the community.

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“If you ask any nurse, I am certain that he or she would say that nursing is much more than a vocation—it is a calling and a passion,” Young, a North Brunswick resident, said in a statement. “Every day, I do my best to live this passion and give back to nursing through education, mentoring and service to others.”

Throughout her long and celebrated career, Young has held a range of jobs, including staff nurse, head nurse, clinical supervisor and nursing director of various specialty-care units. She served as Robert Wood Johnson’s assistant vice president of the operating room before taking on her current role.

She has also worked as a legal nurse consultant for peri-operative nursing and a professor at Rutgers’ College of Nursing.

What’s more, Young is a longtime member of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey—where she served as subchapter president from 2012-14—and various other industry groups.

Young entered nursing in 1976, when she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Far Eastern University. In 1988, she earned a master’s degree in nursing administration from Seton Hall University.

Young accepted the award on behalf of the New Brunswick-based hospital. She thanked her colleagues and supervisors at Robert Wood Johnson for their support.

“At RWJUH, we are committed to fostering an environment that encourages learning, professional development, the pursuit of research and service among our nursing professionals,” said Lori Colineri, senior vice president and chief nursing officer for the hospital. “Myrna shares this commitment and has played a central role in establishing this culture while helping our nurses thrive within it.”

In addition to leadership roles at the hospital, Young has spearheaded several charity drives. Those efforts have focused on stocking food pantries, gathering holiday donations for New Brunswick children in need, blood drives against sickle cell and a clothing and food drive to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

She has also orchestrated a number of international fundraising efforts, raising thousands of dollars for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Finally, Young has given speeches during regional, national and international nursing conferences. She has earned “many” awards for her work in the past, according to the hospital.

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