Nurse on the Run supports professional development

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The 4th Annual Nurse on the Run will be held at the Bayhealth Sussex Campus on April 13

Bayhealth will hold its 4th Annual Nurse on the Run 5K/1 Mile Walk at 9 AM on Saturday, April 13 at the Bayhealth Sussex Campus in Milford. Proceeds of this event support professional development for Bayhealth nurses, including scholarships for advanced certifications in specialty areas of nursing.

“Healthcare has become more complex over time and our patients face many acute illnesses that require intricate care,” Colleen Ward, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Bayhealth’s Nursing Professional Development Practitioner, said. “We know that having certified nurse’s elevates the care available to our community and leads to better patient outcomes.”

The 2024 Nurse on the Run event is designed for runners and walkers as they have the opportunity to sign up for either a 5k run or a one mile walk. The run/walk begins at 9 AM and all participants receive a tech t-shirt. At the finish line, there will be music, food, a bounce house, face painting and more.

“Bayhealth is committed to offering continued professional development, which helps us in recruiting and retaining a highly trained nursing workforce,” Ward said. “Given the demand for nurses in our area and nationally, this is key as we successfully care out our mission of strengthening the health of our community.”

The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes healthcare organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence, and Bayhealth is among only 11 percent of hospitals with magnet designation.

“Bayhealth has supported my continued education over the past 36 years between advanced degrees and certifications,” Karen Merson, MSN, RN, NE-BC, NPD-BC, Bayhealth’s Nursing Professional Development Specialist, said. “This education and training have allowed me to grow in my career and serve many people in various capacities. It’s never too late to learn.”

Pre-registration for the Nurse on the Run event is open and available at a reduced price until April 12. Click here to visit the registration page and bibs can be picked up starting at 8 AM on the day of the event. Registration will also be available the day of the event starting at 8 AM.

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