On Sept. 15, Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing students Chani Roberts, Yaffa Nulman and Basya Jankelovits gathered around “Out of Time and Place” author Annette Stauber Cohn, class of 1943, and her daughter Martha Cohn Romney, RN, MS, JD, MPH, at a book-signing event at the school. Copies of the book were given to seniors as part of the school’s honors recognition program.
Also present for the signing was Kourtney Adams, a 7-year-old daughter of Natalie Live, PBISN office manager, who appears on the cover of “I Want to be a Nurse, Do You?” Asked why she wants to be a nurse, Adams, a second-grader, said “It makes me feel happy that I can make people better,” in a news release.
The book is a collaboration of staff — led by Janet Mackin, RN, EdD, dean; Bernice Pass-Stern, MEd, assistant dean; Linda Fabrizio, director of student services and Hillman scholars — Keanni Cole, Candace Garramone, Mary Kendall and Airy Quiros, Class of 2010; Mike Bryant, Claudia Jungkunst, John Pasha and Sharon Turner, Class of 2011; and Kerry Carroll and Elizabeth Echevarria, Class of 2012. It was edited by Angela Parrino, PhD, an author who is studying to become a nurse. Parrino also is founder of GP’s Honey Tomes, which offers educational materials for all ages on wellness. The book is available for purchase from the school for $10 each, along with a companion coloring/activity book for $5. Proceeds go toward future reprints.“I Want to be a Nurse, Do You?” cover girl Kourtney Adams with Phillips Beth Israel students, from left, Gregory Homan, Vanessa Benjamin, Elizabeth Littrell, Elizabeth Maresca, Keith Gleason and Jennifer DeMarco.
Cohn, who wrote about her life as a nursing student, worked for years alongside her husband, the late pediatrician Perry D. Cohn, MD, whom she met while working at Beth Israel. Romney, assistant professor in the School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, has established awards given annually to Phillips Beth Israel students in honor of her mother.
One of the students who lined up for Cohn’s book was senior Anneka Ward, who will be a fourth-generation nurse in her family. She enrolled in nursing school after receiving a degree in psychology and cultural anthropology in 2007 from Kenyon College in Ohio. Like Cohn, Ward is interested in maternal/child health and pediatrics and hopes to further her nursing education after graduation.
For information about the books, call 212-614-6110.