St. Joseph Hospital RN Receives Clint Jones NH Nursing Award 05.08.2014



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Those on hand for the presentation of the Clint Jones NH Nursing Award at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua included, from left, Beth Gustafson Wheeler from the Foundation for Healthy Communities, Leslie Glines Jones, widow of Clint Jones, recipient Elizabeth Kearns, RN, Pam Duchene, PhD., ARPN, who is vice president of nursing services and patient care, and St. Joseph Hospital CEO Dr. Richard Boehler. (Photo by Sheila Caron)



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        May 7, 2014

Contact: John Clayton



CONCORD – Elizabeth Kearns, R.N., a registered cardiac nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, is the 2014 recipient of the Clint M. Jones New Hampshire Nursing Award presented by the Foundation for Healthy Communities.

Kearns, a graduate of the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, received the ninth annual award during a special Nurses’ Day program held Wednesday (May 7) at St. Joseph Hospital.

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.

Kearns first joined the staff at St. Joseph in 2010 and currently serves in the hospital’s Cardiovascular Unit.

“Liz is one of St. Joseph Hospital’s finest nurses, proving cardiovascular nursing care that reflects the St. Joseph Hospital vision of ‘Commitment, Compassion and Caring,’” said Pam Duchene, PhD., ARPN, who is vice president of patient care and services at the hospital.

In nominating Kearns for the award, Duchene cited her participation in the hospital’s Wound Care Committee, the Patient-Centered Care Committee, her completion of a Progressive Care Certified Nurse program, her on-going pursuit of a master’s degree in nursing and her knack for drawing anatomically correct images of hearts on her patients’ communication boards.

“Two of the things I love most about Liz are her enthusiasm and her passion for continual improvement” noted co-worker Paula Descheneau, RN. “In all of her roles, she is a champion for communicating with patients and families, providing excellent education, and meeting people at their own level.”

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 she has every year, Clint’s wife, Leslie, 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