The Seton Hall University College of Nursing, South Orange, N.J., celebrated its 75th anniversary with a special Roman Catholic Mass Nov. 30 on campus and awards for dozens of graduates at its Diamond Jubilee Gala on Dec. 2.
The college hosted a “White Mass,” a celebration taking its name from the white coat most commonly worn by those in the medical field to acknowledge the contributions made by all Catholic healthcare professionals. The college also conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Sister Rosemary Donley, SC, RN, APRN-BC, PhD, FAAN, at the Mass. Donley serves as professor and Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations at Duquesne University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh.
As part of its 75th anniversary activities, the college recognized alumni with awards and inducted a new cohort into its Hall of Fame at the gala, hosted by Phyllis Shanley Hansell, RN, EdD, FAAN, dean and professor at Seton Hall’s nursing school.
“Over the past 75 years, the college of nursing has grown from an enrollment of 30 students to more than 1,000 students, with a robust alumni network of 7,000-plus graduates,” Hansell said in a news release. “We are so proud of the impact all of our graduates have had on the nursing profession in New Jersey and throughout the world.”
Richard Hader, RN, PhD, MSN, FAAN, NE-BC, was awarded the Margaret C. Haley Distinguished Alumnus Award. He has been senior vice president and CNO at New Jersey-based Meridian Health since 2004 and editor-in-chief of Nursing Management: The Journal of Excellence in Nursing Leadership since 2003. He helped Meridian Health achieve Magnet status at all hospitals within the healthcare system. The Haley award winner is selected annually from nominations submitted by faculty and alumni.
Varsha Singh, RN, APN-C, MSN, and Jeffrey Booth, RN, CPA, MBA, CPHQ, were honored with Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Alumni Awards to honor graduates of the undergraduate or graduate programs within the past 10 years who have distinguished themselves through their professional nursing achievements. Singh works as the manager of occupational health at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway (N.J.). Jeffrey is an OR business manager for Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, N.J. His previous experience in performance/quality improvement includes working on length of stay, cost savings and process improvement initiatives.
Laura Tauscher, RN, BSN, CHPN, received the Nelson Aquino Humanitarian Award, which is given to a graduate who is using his or her education to serve those in need. Tauscher is a nurse liaison for Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center in West Orange, N.J., who assists families in negotiating difficult decisions regarding end-of-life care and serious illness. The award is named after Aquino, RN, CRNA, MS, a nurse anesthetist at Children’s Hospital Boston who spent time in Haiti performing surgeries and providing postanesthesia care after the January 2010 earthquake.
The College of Nursing inducted 21 graduates into its Hall of Fame. The group was chosen for their contributions to the nursing profession. The inductees included Mary G. Boland, RN, MSN, DrPH, FAAN; Catherine Cassidy, RN, PhD, APN-C; Mary Ellen Clyne, RN, PhD, MSN, NEA-BC; Bernadette Countryman, RN, MSN; Marc de Moya, MD, MEd; Barbara Frischman, RN, CCRN; Judy Honig, RN, DNP, MSN, EdD, CPNP; James Fletcher Lawrence Jr., RN, APRN-BC, PhD, FAANP, CPS; Jean Dmeza Leuner, RN, PhD, CNE, FAAN; Alice McGill, RN, PhD; Ann Scanlon McGinity, RN, PhD, FAAN; Mary D. Miller, RN, MS, GNP-BC, ANP-BC; Beatriz Foronda Miranda, RN, MSN, MAE, FAAN; Anne G. Peach, RN, MSN, CNAA-BC; Nancy Schmieder Redeker, RN, PhD, MSN, FAHA, FAAN; Mary Ellen Roberts, RN, DNP, MSN, APN-C, FAANP; Phyllis Russo, RN, EdD; Susan Salmond, RN, MSN, EdD, CNE, FAAN; Patricia Tabloski, PhD, MSN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN; Col. Lisa Toven, RN, MSN, MAA, MMAS, MS; and Nelson Tuazon, RN, MSN, NE-A, CPHQ, FACHE.