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VNSNY celebrates 3,500 Nurse-Family Partnership graduates
VNSNY recently recognized its 90 most recent Nurse-Family Partnership graduates along with the nurses who worked with them for 2 1/2 years, according to a news release. Since the NFP program began in 2006, it has served more than 3,500 women and children in the Bronx and Nassau County, according to the release. This citywide initiative, overseen and funded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, provides...READ MORE »
Saint Barnabas Medical Center chooses new CNO
Jennifer A. O'Neill, DNP, APN, RN, has been named CNO and vice president of patient care services for Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J., according to a news release. In this role, O'Neill will oversee all aspects of the nursing division and the more than 1,000 nurses employed by Saint Barnabas. She began her career at Saint Barnabas as an RN, then transitioned to a patient care coordinator role, the...READ MORE »
New Jersey City University nursing educator joins state board of nursing
Barbara B. Blozen, EdD, MA, RN, BC, CNL, an associate professor of nursing at New Jersey City University, Jersey City, N.J., has been appointed to the state board of nursing by Gov. Chris Christie, the school announced Sept. 16. Blozen's term is effective immediately and will expire July 1, 2018. Composed of nursing professionals and public members from across the state, the board of nursing is charged with...READ MORE »
Two years later: NYU College of Nursing looks back on Superstorm Sandy
New York City faced a truly frightening Halloween during the last days of October 2012. A ferocious storm was merging with the polar jet stream and an arriving cold front, promising a perfect storm that would be worse than any in the region's history. On Oct. 29, Superstorm Sandy slammed the city. Winds up to 80 mph sent the sea into a turbulent fury over the coastlines of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island...READ MORE »
The Valley Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Center achieves re-certification
The Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J., has earned re-certification of its rehabilitation program from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. The center was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care, according to a news release. Valley's center participated in the application process...READ MORE »
Hackensack network plans merger talks with Meridian Health
Two New Jersey health systems - Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network - announced in a news release Oct. 16 they reached an agreement to begin discussions about a merger into one integrated system. Leadership from both systems said the announcement is the first of many milestones on what chairman of Meridian Health's board of trustees, Gordon Litwin, called "an exciting and thoughtful journey to...READ MORE »
Cooperative agreement will help Columbia Nursing expand LGBT health services
A new project led by Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, ANP-BC, director of the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program at Columbia University School of Nursing, Manhattan, is working to eliminate health disparities in the LGBT population in New York City. As the project director of the newly established Elder LGBT Interprofessional Care Program, Kwong secured a $1.5 million cooperative agreement from the federal...READ MORE »
Nyack Hospital hosts dedication of new Infusion Center
Before the October opening of its new Infusion Center, Nyack (N.Y.) Hospital hosted a dedication ceremony in September. "The new infusion center will help us to serve more individuals, while providing a relaxing environment that promotes privacy for our patients," Matthew Lonberg, MD, of Hematology Oncology Associates of Rockland, a division of Highland Medical, P.C., said in a news release. "As treatments can often...READ MORE »
North Central Bronx Hospital reopens labor and delivery unit
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation marked the completed $2 million modernization of the HHC North Central Bronx Hospital labor and delivery unit with an October ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house attended by staff, patients, community advocates and elected officials who toured the renovated space. According to a news release, the new unit features eight private labor and delivery rooms and is...READ MORE »
VNSNY nurse leader welcomes RWJF nurse fellow opportunity
Jill Goldstein, MS, MA, RN, has been in nursing for 28 years, accomplishing much in her clinical and management positions with Mount Sinai Hospital System, NYU Langone Medical Center and now as vice president, emergency response system, infusion services and post-acute care, Bronx and Westchester, for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Nonetheless, she feels like her career is just getting started. Goldstein...READ MORE »
St. Joseph's healthcare professionals receive NJAHR scholarships
Dawlat Matari-Asmar, BSN, RN, a nurse at St. Joseph's Wayne (N.J.) Hospital, is one of two healthcare professionals from St. Joseph's Healthcare System awarded a $1,000 New Jersey Association of Healthcare Recruiters sponsored scholarship. Matari-Asmar received the Registered Nurse Pursuing an Advanced Degree in Nursing scholarship. She is enrolled in the MSN/FNP degree program at Rutgers University School of...READ MORE »
Community Medical Center CNO serves as N.J. March of Dimes awards chairwoman
Karen Ahearn, MPA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and CNO, Community Medical Center, Toms River, N.J., has accepted the honorary chairwoman position for the 2014 March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter Nurse of the Year awards. The ninth annual event, planned Nov. 19 at Pines Manor in Edison, N.J., will honor nurses for their outstanding contributions, according to a news release. "The work of the March of Dimes and...READ MORE »
St. Charles Hospital weight-loss center achieves national accreditation
St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, N.Y., has received accreditation as a comprehensive bariatric surgery center with adolescent qualifications. Accreditation was granted by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The adolescent program provides an individualized treatment plan...READ MORE »
Nurses throughout region remain vigilant, cautious about Ebola
Only three days after Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan confirmed it had the capability to isolate a patient if someone presented with symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, the hospital got its first test. Staff received the call Aug. 4 that a 27-year-old man who had Ebola-like symptoms - including high fever, diarrhea and severe headache, and recently returned from Sierra Leone, one of the West African...READ MORE »
N.Y. nurse finds niche in Nepal, wins Kaplan U. award
Kaplan University School of Nursing adjunct faculty member Natasha Zurcher knew she had a unique student the moment she read Maria Almanza's introductory email. That was when Zurcher, MSN/Ed, RN, CPN, learned Almanza was writing from the other side of the world - Nepal, to be exact. "I had to read her introduction over a couple of times," Zurcher said. "I was like, 'Wow, she's actually over there?'" Zurcher's...READ MORE »