MU Nursing Faculty Member Named Missouri Nurse of the Year

Dec. 9, 2013

Columbia, Mo. — Associate Professor Gregory Alexander was named a Missouri Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes in the area of Clinical Informatics. Alexander was one of 20 Missouri nurses representing 13 health care institutions to receive the honor in a variety of nursing areas at the second annual March of Dimes Missouri Chapter Nurse of the Year event Nov. 9 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis, Mo. The gala raised more than $125,000 for March of Dimes.

The nurses were recognized for their extraordinary level of patient care, compassion, professionalism, integrity and leadership in the nursing profession. The winning nurses each received a crystal award and a gift certificate to Scrubs and Beyond.

Whether serving as health care provider, educator, researcher, chapter volunteer and/or advisor – nurses play a critical role in advancing the mission of March of Dimes. According to Trina Ragain, State Director of Program Services, Advocacy and Government Affairs, “We are so pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions and commitment nurses provide to healthcare across the state of Missouri. March of Dimes has recognized and appreciated the contribution of nurses for 75 years. Nurse of the Year is an opportunity for March of Dimes, and the community, to say thank you to these wonderful caregivers who make such a difference in our lives.”

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The Nurse of the Year initiative supports this mission while recognizing exceptional nurses throughout the state, celebrating the profession, and creating awareness of the strides made in this growing field.