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Linda Dayer-Berenson, PhD, APN-BC, CNE, FAANP

Linda's Story

Carrie B. Lenburg Award

Linda Dayer-Berenson of Voorhees, N.J., is the recipient of the 2014 Carrie B. Lenburg Award in recognition of her contributions to nursing education and for her academic and professional accomplishments.

Despite entering college right after high school, financial constraints prevented her from degree completion. Five years later, Dayer-Berenson completed an RN diploma program at the Frankford Hospital School of Nursing, but worried that her previously earned college credits would be lost. At her diploma school commencement, Dayer-Berenson and several other graduates made a commitment to graduation speaker Dr. Carrie Lenburg to pursue an Excelsior (then Regents) College bachelor's degree. Dayer-Berenson was able to apply her 100 previously earned collage credits, and nine months later, she completed the remaining requirements for a bachelor's of science in nursing at Excelsior. She immediately entered a master of science in nursing program and her long academic career in nursing began when she was invited to join the Frankford faculty.

She says, "My Excelsior (Regents) degree was the gateway to my professional career, desire for lifelong learning, and a PhD. My education allowed me to practice as a nurse practitioner and an academician, permitting me to pay it forward by contributing to the education of hundreds of health care professionals."

Now associate clinical professor at Drexel University–College of Nursing and Health Professions and Rowan University–School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dayer-Berenson earned a master of science in nursing in critical care nursing at Widener University, a post-master's certificate in advanced nursing practice from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a PhD in health sciences from Rutgers University.

Dayer-Berenson is the author of "Cultural Competencies: Impact on Health and Illness," currently in its second edition. She has presented and published on many topics, including pain management, pharmacology, and polypharmacy. Dayer-Berenson's awards and honors include are her induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and receiving its Nurse Practitioner Award of Excellence for the State of New Jersey.