Avril Keldo, Director of Nursing at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, recently received the Divisional Leader Award from the Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey.
As Director of Professional Practice at Saint Peter’s, Keldo facilitates multiple initiatives within the hospital. She keeps staff up to date with best practices through workshops focused on building acute care skills, promoting continuing education courses and ensuring skills through training at the Simulation Center for Interprofessional Learning in Saint Peter’s. The simulation center allows nurses to perform procedures on mannequins in a simulated environment without fear of actual harm.
Keldo also manages contracts with nursing schools and coordinates schedules with instructors so that students have an enhanced clinical experience and improve nurse mentors’ relationships with their students in the dedicated training units in Saint Peter’s.
ONL NJ Award
The New Jersey Organization of Nursing Leaders presented a number of awards at a recent event:
- Award of Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Leadership: Susan Boyle, Morristown Medical Center
- Budding Head Nurse Award: Austin Crowe
- Head of Division Award: Avril Keldo, Saint-Pierre
- Innovations in the continuum of care award: Rochelle Mari, Inspira
- Nurse Leadership Award: Kathleen Devine, Cooper University Health Care
- Head of Nurse Award: Sharmine Brassington, Monmouth Medical Center
- Professional Recognition Award: Ann Marie Leichman, Valley Hospital
- Impact Award: New Jersey Nursing Initiative
- Distinguished Service Award: Nursing Work Environment and Staffing Council
In addition, she sits on the hospital’s Marketing and Mentoring Committee, leads the Nursing Residency Program, an initiative designed to support, educate and retain new nurses during their first year of nursing, and coordinates the annual Nursing Graduation Ceremony which celebrates the educational achievements of Les infirmières de Saint-Pierre.
Last year, Keldo served the New Jersey community by serving as a team leader for the Saint Peter’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics, resulting in the administration of more than 30,400 vaccines to date.
Linda Carroll, head nurse at Saint Peter’s, said she was delighted that Keldo was honored.
“Throughout her career, Avril has always focused on mentoring other nurses and helping them achieve their professional goals,” she said. “If anyone has a question or needs advice, she never turns it down. Additionally, she is a strong advocate for higher education, advising her colleagues as they navigate the many possibilities that a career in nursing can offer.
Keldo said she was humbled by this honor.
“I believe in championing the nursing profession and am committed to creating an environment that fosters nursing education and professional mentoring in Saint Peter’s,” she said. “I am extremely proud that Saint Peter’s continually provides nurses with opportunities to expand their knowledge base to better care for a diverse population. As a result, our nurses will continue to provide the best health care to our patients. “
ONL NJ is an organization that engages and develops nurse leaders in advocacy, research, education, mentoring and collaborative relationships. With over 600 members, drawn from 90% of New Jersey hospitals, ONL NJ is the voice of nursing leadership.