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New Jersey nurses celebrate career accomplishments

Amanda Hessels, RN

Registered nurse, Meridian Health System, Neptune, N.J., and PhD nursing student, Rutgers University College of Nursing, Newark, N.J.

Hessels, RN, MSN, MPH, CIC, CPHQ, will receive an 18-month, $40,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for research on the impact of health information technology on delivery and quality of patient care. The R36 grant she is receiving is the first funded at Rutgers.

Along with her work at Meridian, Hessels studies patient safety, specifically adherence to infection prevention practices and processes by healthcare workers and organizations.

Previously, she received a fellowship from the F.M. Kirby Foundation to support her PhD in nursing studies at Rutgers. This academic year, Hessels received the Dr. Dorothy J. DeMaio Research Fellowship Award for being an outstanding student in the Rutgers nursing PhD program with a dissertation or proposal that targets a contemporary healthcare issue of significance to nursing.

Hessels’ project is researching the adverse events in hospitalized patients that are catastrophic and costly to individuals, hospitals and society.

Daniel Misa, RN, a night-shift ED nurse at Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains, N.J., has been elected to serve as president-elect for Region 1 of the New Jersey State Nurses’ Association. He began his duties Aug. 1. His term will run through July 31, 2013, when he becomes president for a two-year term.

NJSNA’s Region 1 represents 349 nurses in Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties. As president-elect, Misa will assist Region 1 President Jackie Galante, RN, BSN, with the coordination of community service events, continuing education events and the creation of opportunities for nurse networking and mentoring throughout the year. In Galante’s absence, Misa also will have a voice and vote at all NJSNA board meetings.

“We are fortunate to have Dan as a regional board member,” Galante said. “His enthusiasm for the nursing profession is inspiring. He will wear as many hats as necessary to get the job done, and embraces leadership opportunities on a daily basis.”

Misa began his career in patient care at age 14. He started as a junior volunteer on Chilton’s 4 West med/surg/oncology unit in 2003 and volunteered for the Pain Management Center from summer 2003 to 2005. Misa also worked as an aide for the dietetics department from 2004 until 2006. He began working in the ED in July 2006, first as a business partner for two years, then as an ED tech for two years before becoming an RN in 2011.

“I get the most out of being there for the patients and for their families during various stages of health,” Misa said of his rewards from a career in nursing. “It’s mostly in the acute phase in the ED. I enjoy just being there for the patient as well as offering support for the family during the time they need it most.”

Nurses on the 5 North unit at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., won first place in the Normet Region for their abstract “Changing Nursing Steps to Reduce Falls in a Community Hospital,” which was submitted to the 2012 New York Organization of Nurse Executives’ Best Practice contest. Awards will be presented to the regional winners Oct. 30 at the NYONE annual meeting in Tarrytown.

Abstract authors include Daphne Timbal, RN; Cherry Fuentes, RN; Sini Samuels, RN; and Tonia Reid, CHUC.

Njoki Ng’ang’a, RN,C, MPhil, MSc, of Hackensack, N.J., is one of four nurses awarded a $5,000 scholarship each by the March of Dimes for graduate studies in the field of maternal-child nursing. The March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship was founded in 1997 to recognize and promote excellence in the field of nursing care for mothers and babies.

Ng’ang’a is pursuing a doctor of philosophy degree at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City. She is a nurse at Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center and has volunteered in underserved parts of the world, including Niger, Vietnam and Rwanda, caring for women suffering from birth-related traumas. Her goal as a nurse is to influence decisions that drive health services for underserved women and children.

According to the March of Dimes, applications for the 2013 nursing scholarship program will be available online this fall at

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