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Jefferson Health - New Jersey Chief Nursing Officer Helene Burns Named ‘Woman of Achievement’ by Garden State Council of Boy Scouts


The Garden State Council of the Boy Scouts of America has recognized Jefferson Health – New Jersey’s Senior VP & Chief Nursing Officer, Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, as the 2020 Woman of Achievement for Camden County. Dr. Burns was one of seven women honored at the Women of Achievement event, held virtually this year on December 10th. Burns_Helene_M_DNP_RN

Now in its 9th year, the annual event recognizes outstanding women leaders in the South Jersey counties of Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem, for their commitment to the communities they serve, and for exemplifying the ideals of the Scout oath and law.

An innovative and inspiring nurse leader, Dr. Burns led Jefferson Health – New Jersey to receive its first Magnet® designation in August 2018, considered the gold standard for nursing excellence. Dr. Burns has overall responsibility for patient care services and nursing operations at Jefferson in New Jersey, with oversight of its more than 1,400 RNs and Department of Nursing staff.

A resident of Berlin, NJ, Dr. Burns is actively involved in community outreach, with the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” event a key activity each year. She was nominated for the “Women of Achievement” recognition by fellow Jefferson New Jersey nurses, Gwyn Parris-Atwell and Barbara McCormick, themselves both former recipients of the award.

“I’m honored to be among the elite group selected as ‘Women of Achievement’ in South Jersey,” Dr. Burns said. “Over the past several years, dozens of women have been honored by the Boy Scouts through this recognition, and I’m proud to be among them now.”