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St. Joseph’s NEA

St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, N.J., honored its nurses with the 2008 Nursing Excellence Awards. Recipients included Nida Ridao, Nephrology Services; Stefanie Mathews, Maternal/Child Division; Cynthia Schmidt, Critical Care Division; Dorotea Paguntalan, Perioperative Services; and Alric Watt, Medical/Surgical Division.

Hospice Care Nurses

At Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam, Inc., Tarrytown, Dale Salvia was hired as the director of Patient Services; Susan Donovan has been promoted to Nursing Care coordinator; Karen Gormley-Vitale was promoted to Hospice Inpatient nurse coordinator; and Linda B. Fraser has been recertified by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses.

UMDNJ RN Achievements

At UMDNJ Family Healthcare Services, Newark, N.J., Joyce Johnson Sinclair was appointed nurse manager for Labor & Delivery; Stefanie Giddens, education specialist for Intensive Care & Intermediate Nurseries, obtained RNC certification in neonatal intensive care nursing; O. Elizabeth Barry is a new lactation consultant/education specialist; and the following nurses have been certified in neonatal intensive care nursing: Magno Nebab-Solante, Leisha Nepomuceno, Penny Petilla, Julieta Reyes, Reena Reyes, Nilda Maria Tinimbang, Clarita Tonel, Cecilia Camales, and Meredith Guirnela.

Accomplishments at Solaris Health System

At JFK Medical Center, Edison, N.J., Pam Bonning, manager of Haven Hospice, was awarded the Governor’s Merit Award in the category of Manager, Post-Acute Care. She recently received an MSN in End-of-Life Care at George Washington University and was inducted into the Alpha Eta honor society. At Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Plainfield, N.J., Jonathan Hancock, ICU, passed the CCRN exam. At JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Edison, N.J., Loida Araneta, 1 East, won the 2008 Governor’s Nursing Merit Award for RN, Post-Acute Care.

Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, N.J., presented its “Excellence in Nursing Practice” Awards to: Pat Mawnis — Clinical Care; Kim McKinney — Mentoring; Tim Clyne — Commitment to Caring; Catherine Fidelino — Psychiatric Nursing; Elizabeth Navarro — Innovation; and Carmen Mercado — Leadership.

Jersey City Medical Center RNs

At Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, N.J., Jennifer Jones and Franca DiBrita passed the national certification for Clinical Nurse Leader. The following nurses obtained national certification in maternal-newborn nursing: Jarsely Edwin, Marie Glover, and April Major. Andrea DiRubba and Chi-Yuan Chang recently received national certification in inpatient obstetrics. DiRubba is also the recipient of the nursing scholarship award “The Path Towards Success” for activities that promote nursing excellence.

Carol Ozarraga

Honors at Trinitas

Carol Ozarraga, nurse manager, Maternal/Child Health, Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, N.J., has been selected for induction into Sigma Theta Tau International. Ozarraga recently received her MSN from Kean University in Union, N.J.

MMH Achievement

At the Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, N.J., Martin Viegas, clinical coordinator for Pediatric Critical Care/Pediatrics, passed the AACN pediatric critical care nurse certification exam.

Jessica Wasdick

VNA Awards Nursing Scholarships

High school graduates Jessica Wasdick, Jamie Mayers, and Brittany Snyder, of Hillsborough, Morris Plains, and Mendham, N.J., respectively, were awarded 2008 Nursing Scholarships from the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, a leading home healthcare agency. Each of the recipients received $1,000 to pursue a BS degree in nursing this fall. Wasdick, an honor roll student, volunteered for the past two years at Somerset Medical Center and will be attending Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Mayers, an honor society member, will be going to Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. Snyder was a junior volunteer at Morristown Memorial Hospital and plans to become a holistic health nurse at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn.

Happenings at Good Sam

At Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, N.Y., Karen Schaffer has received certification in medical/surgical nursing; Virginia Ebner was certified in ambulatory surgery nursing; Carol Hoke was certified by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses as a CGRN; and Chinnamma Varkey received CNOR certification from the Competency and Credentialing Institute. Priscilla Stafford has received certification in medical-surgical nursing.

Happenings at Raritan Bay

Manuel Sadaya received Med-Surg certification; Christine Lozano and Virginia Chua have achieved CNOR for Perioperative Nursing; Pharlya Parent, Green 4, 11-7, and Joan Moranon, CCU, 7-3, were promoted to assistant nurse managers; and Geraldine Dolan was certified as clinical nurse leader after receiving an MS degree from UMDNJ and passing the NCLEX exam; and Benedicto Dotingco, OR, graduated from Centenary College with an MBA, at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy and Old Bridge Divisions.

Jamie Mayers


Milayne Mona graduated from the accelerated BSN degree program at the Stratford campus as a second career and hopes to specialize in critical care or pain management nursing. Rita V. Smith, senior VP of Patient Care Services and CNO at Jersey City Medical Center, Liberty Health, is a doctoral candidate who is developing an NP-run clinic in Jersey City. Smith is part of the first graduating class from the DNP degree program at UMDNJ-SON.

Mercedes Eschevarria, Perth Amboy Board of Education nurse for an elementary school serving children in grades K-4, and a family NP at the school-run clinic, is an adjunct instructor at UMDNJ-SON and part of the first graduating class to receive a DNP degree. Jessica Krimmel is a nurse who went on to UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and will begin an emergency medicine residency at New York Methodist Hospital.

Brittany Snyder

Seton Hall RNs

The following nurses received national CCRN certification: Claudia /Garzon-Rivera and Frantz Paul. Pam Santiago received national certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Vincent Silvestri received his master’s degree in nursing from Seton Hall University. Penny Koch, Perinatal Clinical Specialist, is the recipient of the March of Dimes (New Jersey Chapter) “The Reality Awards, 2008, Not Your Average Nurse-Leadership award.”

Jessica Walsh was recently inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Eta Chapter. Wil Yap was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Chapter-New York University. The following nurses received a grant from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for their study on family needs in the critical care setting: Claudia Garzon-Rivera, Mabel La Forgia, Christine Pangilinan, Jessica Walsh, and Laura Zimmerman.

Valera Hascup

Hascup Speaks on Pathogens

Valera A. Hascup, assistant professor of Nursing and director of the Transcultural Nursing Institute at Kean University, Union, N.J., was invited by the Middlesex County Public Health Department to speak at their Annual Bloodborne Pathogens Training Program, held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy. Hascup presented “Vulnerable Populations, Health Disparities, and Cultural Competence: Understanding the Connection.”

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