BROOKLYN, N.Y. The Brooklyn Nursing Partnership recently hosted a full day of programs at Brooklyn Borough Hall geared toward helping new graduates make the transition from students to practicing nurses and honored four of its members who consistently help in the endeavor.
The all-day symposium, titled Transitioning New Graduate Nurses to Professional Practice, featured speakers from the colleges of nursing from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York University, and the New York City College of Technology in New York City, as well as staff from Maimonides Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center.RN-to-BSN students from Saint Francis College in Brooklyn came to the symposium with their instructors.
Presenters offered information on programs at their facilities designed to help transition new graduates into their roles as registered nurses.
Margaret McClure, RN, EdD, FAAN, founder of the Brooklyn Nursing Partnership and professor of nursing at the College of Nursing, New York University, closed the days program with sobering remarks.
We need to stop saying that our new graduates are unprepared, she said. No program is going to have a new graduate who goes to work on [his or her first day] fully prepared.Karen DeLorenzo, RN, left, nurse recruitment manager at Lutheran Medical Center, is congratulated by Rosanne Raso, RN, center, for receiving a proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, presented by deputy borough president Yvonne Graham.
Instead, McClure suggests new graduates be helped along to become better professionals. She also believes all new graduates should complete a residency program before they sit for the state boards.
That way, she noted, they can apply for jobs that require experience and will not have to take jobs that offer little or no supervision.
We need to stop looking at the hood ornament and look at the horizon, said McClure, quoting a minister at a church she visited.Marie Ankner, RN, co-president and assistant vice president for nursing, Medical and Professional Affairs, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, left, poses with
Josephine Bolus, RN, the only nurse on the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation Board of Directors.
The awards ceremony that followed paid homage to four Brooklyn Nursing Partnership members from academia and service. Suzanne Carr, RN, PhD, associate professor at Long Island University School of Nursing; Luzviminda Casapao, RN, MA, EdM, clinical assistant professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing; Karen DeLorenzo, RN, BSN, nurse recruitment manager at Lutheran Medical Center; and Xuli Zhou, RNC, senior staff nurse at Maimonides Medical Center, were honored for exemplifying the organizations mission: To reduce the shortage of culturally competent RNs in Brooklyn and develop a nursing workforce that reflects the cultural diversity of the communities [it] services.From left, Rosanne Raso, RN; Dawn F. Kilts, RN, BNP past president and dean, Long Island University School of Nursing; Daisy Cruz-Richman, RN, dean, SUNY Downstate School of Nursing; Marie Ankner, RN, co-president and assistant VP for nursing, medical and professional Affairs, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation; and Yvonne Graham, Brooklyn deputy borough president.
In addition to awards from the Brooklyn Nursing Partnership, each nurse received a proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in honor of their achievements.