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JFK celebrates nurses with continuing education, professional recognition

Patricia G. Rackovan, RN, senior vice president, right, spends time talking with Venitia Harrison, RN, staff nurse, cardiac/telemetry, during the National Nurses Week celebrations.

JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J., planned a busy National Nurses Week to honor and recognize RNs at the facility.

To kick off the week, Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, regional reporter for Gannett Healthcare Group, publisher of, gave a writing workshop. With the theme of “Anatomy of an Article,” Lynch discussed brainstorming for topics, developing the heart of the article, creating strong leads and harnessing the power of words with an audience of about 75 nurses. The PowerPoint presentation was placed on the JFK intranet for those who could not attend.

Patricia G. Rackovan, RN, BSN, MBA, NE, senior vice president and CNE, presented a Gannett CE Direct gift to every nurse, and Michael Maisel, sales manager for CE Direct, Gannett Education, demonstrated the use of the allied health, nursing CE, certification review and textbook topics libraries and how they work together to build a curriculum. The group viewed courses from the libraries, and throughout the day Maisel gave individual and group workshops for educators, managers and staff.

A highlight of the week was the announcement of the Nurses Day award winners. JFK recipients are: Nancy Alviar, RN, assistant nurse manager, pediatrics; Cory Apsel, RN, assistant nurse manager, orthopedics; Carol Aquino, RN, assistant nurse manager, ED; Paulas Beuns, RN, staff nurse, postpartum; Josephine Delgado, RN, staff nurse, bariatrics; Marisol Arocho-Feliciano, RN, staff nurse, brain trauma unit; Ann Giblin, RN, assistant nurse manager, PACU; Valerie Gramby, RN, staff nurse, rehab; June Hall, RN, staff nurse, labor and delivery; Davinder Kaur, RN, staff nurse, rehab; Laura Kelly, RN, staff nurse, nursery; Kathleen Knott, RN, clinical educator, education and organizational development; Hillary Kosofsky, RN, staff nurse, preadmission testing; Mary Jane Malczynski, RN, staff nurse, family medicine center; Jeannine McDonald, RN, staff nurse, same-day surgery; Barbara Moffett, RN, staff nurse, Haven/hospice; Patricia Nieratko, LPN, staff nurse, endoscopy; Cherry Perez, RN, staff nurse, telemetry; Monika Ramirez, RN, staff nurse, intermediate care; Juan Rodriguez, RN, staff nurse, respiratory; Lori Sammartino, RN, assistant nurse manager, oncology; Gilda Sarnillo, RN, staff nurse, ICU; Esther Schaub, RN, assistant nurse manager, CCU; and Peggy Varga, RN, satellite ED. The National Nurses Week essay winner was Chriseline Beaubrun, RN, staff nurse, PACU.

Wearing her nursing school cap, Pamela Christy, RN, nurse manager, Haven Hospice, left, joins Sharon Heyer, RN-BC, nursing informatics coordinator, during the National Nurses Week celebrations at JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J.

In a “Clear Vision” presentation, Judith Mathews, RN, PhD, dean, JFK Medical Center Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder Schools of Nursing, discussed the future of nursing, nurses’ return to school and their critical role in identifying and advocating to meet patients’ essential needs. As part of the week’s events, clinical educators Bernadette Klabonski, RN-C, BSN, and Nancy Gillespie, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, introduced The Pulse, a communication board on the nursing page of the intranet. Through The Pulse, RNs can access “Chat with Pat,” updates on processes and equipment and a calendar of education events and nursing meetings. RNs also enjoyed a reiki and relaxation program and were interviewed by a local radio station about the stroke center, the pediatric ED and the use of CipherVoice.

“Everyone worked together to make it a great week, and thanks to the support of our chief medical officer, the medical library, the hospital foundation and human resources, our nurses have CE Direct to support them in their practice,” said Catherine Keane, RN, MSN, APN-C, GNP-BC, clinical supervisor, education and organizational development department.

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