RN Wins Leadership Award
Jo-Ann R. Robinson, director of Education at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, N.J., won the 2008 Excellence in the Role of Nursing Professional Development Leader Award from the National Nursing Staff Development Organization at its national convention.
RNs Receive Humanism Awards
Sonia Banaag, clinical nurse educator, NICU; and Matilda Cohen, clinical nurse, Beth Prime Care; both from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, were among the healthcare professionals honored by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey at its annual “2008 Humanism in Healthcare” award ceremony. The award recognizes hospital and long-term care staff in direct patient care positions, who demonstrate compassion, empathy, respect, and cultural sensitivity in caring for patients and their families.
RNs Lobby for Safe Staffing
Sandra Quinn and Lourdes Voytac, Region Four members of the ANA, attended the ANA Lobby Day, along with Sharon Rainer, deputy executive director of NJSNA, to lobby for safe staffing. The group lobbied for support and cosponsorship of S73 and HR4138, the Federal RN Safe Staffing Act, which holds hospitals accountable for appropriate staffing levels for patient care. Under this act, RNs help to determine the number and kind of nursing staff required to maintain the necessary level of care. The bills do not stipulate nurse-to-patient ratios, however; ANA believes this should not be legislated but worked out through nurses in partnership with hospital administration.
Jersey City Medical Center Achievements
Rita Smith, senior VP of Nursing, received a doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J. Andrea DiRubba and Helen Ferdinand were certified as childbirth educators. Shirley Espejo earned certification in nephrology nursing from the ANCC. Aleacia Guy graduated from the Minority Nurse Leadership Institute at Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.
Veronica M. Jensen earned an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J., and obtained certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Jocelyne Lawal received an MSN degree with a focus on nurse-midwifery from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J., and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. Aurea Vallo received the Women Achievers’ Award for the nursing profession from the Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League.
NJSNA Officers Move Up
Linda Gural, NJSNA president, has been elected to the American Nurses Association Board of Directors as director-at-large staff nurse. Barbara Chamberlain, corporate director of Clinical Education and Research, Kennedy Health Systems, Cherry Hill, N.J., has been elected the 42nd president of the New Jersey State Nurses Association. Chamberlain is a captain and senior nurse in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and has been president-elect for the past two years. Mary Ann Donohue, APN, has been elected president-elect of NJSNA. She is assistant VP, Patient Care Services, Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, N.J. Muriel Shore, dean and professor, Felician College Division of Nursing and Health Management, Lodi, N.J., has been elected treasurer and currently serves on the NJSNA Board of Directors.
APN Selected ANCC Magnet of the Year
Patricia Murphy, psychiatric APN, specializing in bereavement at UMDNJ-University Medical Center in Newark, and past-president of NJSNA, has been nominated by her peers and selected by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as the ANCC Magnet APN of the Year.
RNs Achieve Certifications
The following nurses at Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, N.Y., achieved pediatric nursing certification from the Society of Pediatric Nurses — Virginia Andriola and Kathleen Henry, Nursing leadership; Gilda Sebastian, Yellow Unit; Nicole Annunziato, Susan Brooks, Chaya Feldman, Lincy Kurian, Marie Miccio, Patricia Nyarady, Mini Sebastian, and Dawn Valzania, Green Unit; Minimol Joseph and May Jean Soriano, Blue Unit; and Suzanne Bartlett, CPR/PALS coordinator. Debbie Ricketts completed an RN degree and passed the NCLEX.From left: Scott Carey, deputy director, MFHN; Mathew DOria, deputy commissioner, and Heather Howard, commissioner, N.J. Health & Senior Services; Joan Dublin, RN, BSN, MPA, CEO, MFHN; Johnny Torres, program director, Save Latin America.
HSS Commissioner Visits Health Center
During National Health Center Week, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard visited Metropolitan Family Health Network in West New York to recognize the health centers and health professionals who deliver vital services to the state’s most vulnerable residents. Despite a tough state budget year, the state was able to provide funding to the centers that provide medical, dental, and specialty care to 350,000 people who are either uninsured, enrolled in FamilyCare, or Medicaid and Medicare recipients. In recognition of rising health costs, 19 community health centers that operate a total of 82 sites in 19 counties in New Jersey will receive a $1 million increase as part of $40 million in funds that the state will reimburse for care provided to the uninsured. Metropolitan Family Health Network (formerly known as the Jersey City Family Health Center) provided visits for 30,000 patients last year.