Oncology Nurse Receives National AwardSylvia Isaacson
Sylvia Isaacson, nurse manager, Oncology (r), at Morristown Memorial Hospital’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Morristown, N.J., received the Oncology Nursing Societys 2008 Nurse Leadership Career Development Award for developing a holistic nursing environment in her unit at the hospital.
Occupational Health Nurse Wins Scholarship
Doris DiCristina, director of Employee Health at Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, N.J., is the 2008 recipient of the Bristol-Myers-Squibb $1,500 Occupational Health Nursing Continuing Education Scholarship.
Nurse Members of Pipe BandFrom left to right: Brendan Hunt, Rita Orlando, and Veronica Chepak.
The Blackthorn Pipe Band recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Polish Community Center in Yonkers, N.Y. Three of the bands members are RNs. Rita Orlando, Montefiore Medical Center CMO office in the Bronx, is one of the original members and a bagpiper. Veronica Chepak, Montefiore Medical Center CMO office, plays the snare drum. Brendan Hunt, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, plays the bagpipe.
Nurse Accomplishments at Solaris Health System
Virginia Kurz and Mary Stachowiak, from Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Plainfield, N.J., graduated from the clinical nurse leader masters program at UMDNJ, Newark, a new role created by the AACN. Clinical nurse leaders educate nurse clinicians in outcomes-based practice, quality improvement, and coordination of integrated interdisciplinary care. On Stevens 6: Judith McRae completed the program at Rutgers University Minority Leadership Institute; Linnel Gammon-Henry and Karen Belford received Med/Surg certification.
At JFK Medical Center, Edison, N.J.: Nancie Burke, Haven Hospice, is pursuing a bachelors degree in hospice and palliative care at the University of Dundee; Marie Sue Chin is the new assistant nurse manager in the Critical Care Unit; Elizabeth Caruso, Critical Care, is now a certified CCRN; Mari Kunjumari and Doreen Sullivan are new staff in Critical Care.
At Solaris Health System, Edison, N.J.: Laurie Tagliabosch educator, graduated from Muhlenberg Regional Medical Centers Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder School of Nursing.
PACE Awards presented at Raritan Bay Medical Center at Perth Amboy and Old Bridge Divisions: Cecile Malinit, PACU, Perth Amboy Campus; and Jane Ramos, ICU, attained PACE Level 3; Marifi Agabao, ICU, assistant nurse manager; Imelda Sicat, Pediatrics; Rose Ventura, ICU; and Josephine Perez, SCU, achieved PACE Level 2; Lisa Ringled, ER assistant nurse manager; and Edie DanilczukM, ICU, attained PACE Level 1.
Karen Lukenda Named Woman of ExcellenceKaren Lukenda, RN
Karen Lukenda, RN, Education Department, Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth (r), is among eight women honored as 2008 Women of Excellence by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women. With more than 30 years experience at Elizabeth General Medical Center and Trinitas Hospital, Lukenda has developed and implemented orientation programs for newly hired RNs and nursing assistants and presented many education and continuing education programs for members of the nursing staff. Active on various committees, she often connects the nursing service to community service with blood pressure screenings and lifesaving techniques at health fairs and community events. She is a member of the Consortium of New Jersey Nurse Educators, the New Jersey State Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the New Jersey Health Officers Association.
Donna Cardillo Among ‘Best 50 Businesswomen in N.J.’Donna Cardillo, RN
Donna Wilk Cardillo, RN, president of Cardillo & Associates, in Sea Girt, New Jersey (r), has been named one of New Jerseys Best 50 Women in Business.
The award program, produced by NJBIZ, honors New Jerseys most dynamic women business leaders in their fields who have helped to create jobs and sustain communities in N.J. and are advocates for women in business. An awards ceremony was held recently at the Palace in Somerset, New Jersey, and recipients were highlighted in a special supplement to NJBIZ, April 7, 2008. Cardillo is author of the books Your First Year As a Nurse Making the Transition From Total Novice to Successful Professional and The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses (published by Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House). She is a member of the New Jersey League for Nursing, the American and New Jersey State Nurses Associations, the National Association of Women Business Owners, and the National Speakers Association, of which she is president-elect of the New Jersey Chapter.
Cardillo said of the award, I am privileged to have received this distinction. All the winners are very accomplished women, and it is an honor to be part of such a prestigious group.