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Rebecca Hill

Rebecca Russo Hill, PhD(c), DNP, FNP-C is the recipient of the 2020 Margaret L. McClure Scholarship Award. Rebecca earned her BSN from the University of Rhode Island in 2006, her MSN and post-master’s certificate in nursing education from Duke University in 2010 and her DNP from Duke University in 2013. Rebecca is a family nurse practitioner and certified as a lactation counselor and nurse educator.

Rebecca is a PhD candidate at Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing. Her dissertation research is focused on symptoms of problematic feeding in infants with tongue-tie. As a current research fellow at Boston College, Rebecca works with an expert in infant feeding, Dr. Britt Frisk Pados. Dr. Pados’s mentorship and expertise has been instrumental to learning essential methodological approaches and research skills on this complex topic. Rebecca is the Program Director for Prelicensure Nursing Programs at the MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing in Boston, Massachusetts. Her teaching expertise is pharmacology, and she is the first author of an NCLEX Pharmacology Review text, published in October 2019.

Rebecca will collaborate with other health profession disciplines to advance the state of the science surrounding infant feeding, tongue-tie, and frenotomy. Her dissertation research will provide the foundation for a lifelong program of research to improve health care for mothers and their children.

Rebecca is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the National League for Nursing (NLN) and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). Rebecca resides in Massachusetts, raising three children alongside her husband Jonathan.

This scholarship award serves as recognition of her contributions to the field of nursing, none of which would have been possible without the love, support, and encouragement of her family and friends. Rebecca dedicates this accomplishment to her biggest supporter, her father - Robert J. Russo, who lost his life to COVID-19 on April 1, 2020.

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