Jeanette E. Ash Memorial

Jeanette Ash, RN (1918-2006) began her nursing career in 1939 as an obstetrical nurse at the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Newark, New Jersey. Jeanette ultimately worked many years of her career in the area that evolved from the Accident Room to the Emergency Room and finally the Emergency Department. She retired in 1988 and she was an integral part of the building and success of Hunterdon Medical Center. Jeanette was also instrumental in the development of the Emergency Nurse Association in the State of New Jersey.

Jeanette saw that the work that emergency nurses did was special and mostly unrecognized in the profession. She knew that emergency nurses needed a voice, and she strived to align herself and her fellow nurses with the new organization for Emergency Nurses that was evolving on a national level.

Jeanette served as NJENA state President in the early years of the organization and stayed active with NJENA for several years after her retirement. Her tireless efforts inspired many nurses over the years.

For several years now, the West Central Chapter of the NJENA has sponsored a scholarship in Jeanette Ash’s memory and will continue to do so for years to come. Jeanette Ash was truly one of the ENA foremothers and will always be remembered for her powerful dedication to emergency care and for her efforts to give emergency nurses a voice and help them to receive the recognition and respect they deserve.

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