Bayhealth 5K to support professional development April 13

April 2, 2024

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

This year, participants have the option to sign up for the 5K or the 1-mile untimed walk; all will receive a tech T-shirt. Family-friendly activities at the finish line include music, food, a bounce house and face painting.

“Healthcare has become more complex over time, and our patients face many acute illnesses that require intricate care. We know that having certified nurses elevates the care available to our community and leads to better patient outcomes,” said Colleen Ward, MSN, RN, CMSRN, Bayhealth nursing professional development practitioner. “Bayhealth is committed to offering continued professional development, which helps us in recruiting and retaining a highly trained nursing workforce. Given the demand for nurses in our area and nationally, this is key as we successfully carry out our mission of strengthening the health of our community.”

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

"Bayhealth has supported my continued education over the past 36 years between advanced degrees and certifications,” said Karen Merson, MSN, RN, NE-BC, NPD-BC, Bayhealth nursing professional development specialist. “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.”

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