At left, VNSNY President and CEO Mary Ann Christopher, RN, congratulates 2012 graduate and class speaker Constantine Checa, RN.
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York held a ceremony Oct. 15 for 24 RNs who successfully completed its RN Internship Program. The intensive 9-month program provides newly licensed RNs with training and support to work in the home health setting.
In her opening remarks, VNSNY President and CEO Mary Ann Christopher, RN, MSN, FAAN, expressed how the interns reminded her of herself when she was a new graduate “just 33 years ago.” In a heartfelt speech, she reminded them of how they will “infuse the quality of the days” in the care they will give.
“Imagine as you gather here 33 years from today, how you will have infused the quality of the days youve spent in your careers,” she said.
Joan Marren, RN, MEd, MA, VNSNYs COO and the president of VNSNY Home Care, remarked on what an incredibly diverse and talented group they were. Using a baseball metaphor, Marren told them of how they had achieved a “triple play.” “First, you have chosen nursing as a career. Second, you chose home and community health nursing, and third you chose VNSNY,” she said. Marren also offered the interns some advice to take with them throughout their careers. “Continue learning, find mentors, become preceptors and focus on the improvement of our practice,” she said.
Intern speaker Constantine Checa, RN, spoke of what the year was like for the interns. “Home care is challenging,” she said. “It pushes you and makes you rethink your limits, but its also rewarding.” She also paid tribute to intern Ting Sun, RN, who died this year.
Developed in 2001, the program initially admitted only those with BSN degrees. Through funding from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, the program expanded to admit ADN graduates in 2007. This years interns included a mix of graduates, including 15 for whom nursing was a second career, according to Joan Chaya, MA, vice president, talent acquisition and college relations.
Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.