The Visiting Nurse Service of New York recently celebrated the achievements of 18 RNs who successfully completed VNSNY’s 2011 nursing internship program. The Oct. 5 ceremony also marked the 10th anniversary of the program.
“A few of our graduates are second-career interns,” said Joan Marren, RN, MEd, MA, COO for VNSNY and president of VNSNY Home Care. “As a matter of fact, some were non-nursing employees of ours who worked in other capacities, such as finance and computer science, who decided to go into nursing.”
This year’s intern graduates were Primarosa Cardenas, Ying “Sabrina” Chan, Jacqueline Conway-Ian, Derek Eng, Leah Erickson-Batesky, Lina Gomez, Jennifer Lee Gracia, Cindy Guzman, Charles Jankowski, Yizhou Jiang, Laura Lau, Lokman Ngan, Yanira Pereyra, Maria Polin, Kyrene Robles, Yelena Rozova, Lucille Shah and Llenesia Velez. The graduates earned degrees in nursing from schools such as Long Island University, New York Institute of Technology, New York University, Columbia University, Manhattan College, Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing, Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing and Queensborough Community College, among others.Student nurse interns include, back row, from left, Tara Herlocher, a 2012 RN intern; Leah Erickson-Batesky; Primarosa Cárdenas; Yizhou Jiang; and Jackie Conway-Ian. Center row, from left, are Valerie Nero-Reid, RN, clinical adviser RN internships; Maria Polin; Yelena Rozova; Yanira Pereyra; Derek Eng; Lucille Shah; and Cindy Guzman. Kneeling, from left, are Kayrene Robles, Lina Gomez, Sabrina Chan and Lokman Ngan.
“Collaboration with these schools of nursing allows us to get the best and brightest in nursing,” Marren said. “This group worked in a variety of settings around the organization, including behavioral health, an area that was new to the program this year.”
Erickson-Batesky, the class of 2011 intern speaker, worked full time for VNSNY as a senior human resources information assistant while attending Phillips Beth Israel in the evenings. In an emotional speech, she thanked the clinical advisers, team facilitators, patient service managers and everyone involved in the program for their encouragement and mentorship.
VNSNY board of directors members Claire Fagin, RN, PhD, FAAN, leadership professor emerita and dean emerita at the University of Pennsylvania, and Mathy Mezey, RN, EdD, FAAN, professor of nursing at NYU College of Nursing and director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, NYU College of Nursing, served as this year’s keynote speakers. Both women spoke fondly of their ties to VNSNY and the community it serves. Fagin’s grandparents lived in the Lower East Side of Manhattan at the time that VNSNY’s founder, Lillian Wald, was making her rounds there. Mezey worked in the Bronx as a VNSNY public health nurse early in her career.Interns include, from left, Derek Eng, Sabrina Chan and Lokman Ngan.
Both speakers expressed the importance of education, both formal and informal. “Keep abreast of what’s happening around you; the trends that are taking shape in the world around you,” Fagin said to the interns. “You’re in a great situation in the greatest field there is.”
The VNSNY RN internship program began in August 2001 to help new BSN nurses transition into home care. With funding from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, in 2007, the nine-month program expanded to include ADN graduates. Each intern is afforded individual clinical training and the professional expertise of VNSNY’s experienced staff nurses and clinical advisers. Upon completion, the interns are able to function independently in the home care setting.
For information on VNSNY’s internship program, visit www.vnsny.org/careers/students-and-new-grads.