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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Nursing Education Specialist and North Brunswick Resident Myrna Young Authors Chapter in New Leadership Book

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Nursing Education Specialist and North Brunswick Resident Myrna Young Authors Chapter in New Leadership Book

(New Brunswick) - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Nursing Education Specialist Myrna Young has authored a chapter in the new leadership book “Disrupt 3.0 Filipina Women Rising.”

The book features the experiences of many successful Filipina women leaders who candidly write about their culture and the challenges they have faced on their career paths, including racial and gender discrimination. The book was launched in September of this year with a reading at the House of the Lords in London.

In her chapter, “Big Dreams and Broken Glass,” Young recounts the challenges she faced as a Filipina nurse attempting to break the glass ceiling in health care. The North Brunswick resident describes her journey in detail facing many challenges early in her career.

Rather than defeat her, these challenges fueled her desire to succeed as a widely respected nursing education specialist and nursing leader at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick.

“As a female and a Filipina, I have often felt that I needed to work harder than most who were not like me, but I also embrace that I have much to be grateful for,” she writes. “In fact, my journey has not always been entirely uphill and I am convinced that being grateful for all the experiences has contributed to my success. Our words, our thoughts and our actions should always come from a place of being grateful as this is an incredibly infectious emotion.”

In addition to this book chapter, Young has contributed numerous articles to professional nursing journals. Last year, she received the prestigious Global Nursing Recognition Award at the United Nations in New York City.

Young earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Far Eastern University in 1976 and Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Seton Hall University in 1988.

She has held numerous positions in the nursing field including staff nurse, head nurse, clinical supervisor and nursing director of many specialty care units as well as Assistant Vice President of the Operating Room, prior to her current role at RWJUH (now a member of RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest healthcare system). In addition to her hospital positions, Young has served as a Legal Nurse Consultant for Peri-operative Nursing and Clinical Associate/Adjunct Professor for the Rutgers College of Nursing.

Young has been a member of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey (PNANJ), Philippine Nurses Association of America, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Association for Operating Room Nurses and New Jersey State Nurse Association. She served as Subchapter President of PNANJ from 2012-2014.

She has taken a leadership role in educating both her colleagues and the next generation of nursing professionals as Coordinator of the RN Residency and Path to Professional Nursing Programs at RWJUH, Enterprise System Administrator for the hospital’s Healthstream online education program and as Facilitator or Chairperson of many hospital leadership and shared governance committees.

Serving others has always been one of Young’s passions. As a member of the PNANJ, she coordinated several outreach efforts to help those in need including the Food Drive: Feed America Campaign to benefit several food pantries in New Jersey; gift donations during the holiday season for New Brunswick children in need, the Tackle Sickle Cell blood donation effort, and a clothing and food drive to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.

As President of PNANJ, she spearheaded multiple fundraising initiatives on the international level such as a fund drive for the Philippine Medical Mission and Nandadeep Hospital for the Blind in India as well as the Typhoon Haiyan relief drive in 2013. Shortly after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Young and the Middlesex County PNANJ Chapter organized a hospital-wide fund drive and donation campaign. Her team collected 50 large boxes of clothing, food and emergency medical supplies and raised more than $12,000 to benefit victims of the natural disaster.

In addition to these efforts, Young has given numerous presentations at regional, national and international professional nursing conferences and has received many local and international awards for her leadership, education and community outreach efforts.

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is a 600-bed academic medical center that serves as the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first designated Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

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