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New Jersey nurses, students celebrate accomplishments

MEET KELLY FRISTENSKY
Senior nursing student, Seton Hall University College of Nursing, South Orange, N.J.

Over the summer, Fristensky completed an internship through the Methodist Advancement into Professional Practice summer program. She was one of 17 students from across the U.S. chosen for the program this year.

MAPP creates opportunities for undergraduate nursing students to work in clinical settings over their summer break. The program accepts students from all over the country who are highly-ranked within their baccalaureate program.

MAPP matches students with their preferred specialties. The students are given the best learning experiences possible, while practicing at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas.

“This experience has given me the opportunity to transition my didactic skills into clinical skills,” Fritensky, who worked on the labor and delivery unit, said in a news release. “Also, it has allowed me to learn my strengths and how much I still have to learn.”

As a member of the nursing team at Houston Methodist, Fritensky worked over the summer for Seton Hall nursing alumna Ann Scanlon McGinity, RN, PhD, FAAN, the hospital’s senior vice president and CNE.

“I attribute my success in nursing to the many fine and wonderful teachers I had at Seton Hall, who professionally and personally fostered innovation and creativity,” McGinity said in the release.

Chilton Hospital, Pompton Plains, N.J., and Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center: Michele Slootmaker, RN, BSN, a nurse at Chilton’s Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, recently was part of a medical mission to Haiti through her Denville, N.J.-based church, Christ the King. Tina Saniewski, a nurse from Morristown Medical Center and a member of the church, organizes four missions per year. The recent trip was Slootmaker’s first.

“We treated 307 patients in three days of clinics during the time we were there,” Slootmaker said in a news release. “Two of the clinics were in orphanages, so we have established relationships with them. It’s exciting because we now have files on the kids so we can witness their progress when we return.”

Slootmaker was stationed near the city of Cap-Haitien, which is in the northern part of the island. Her organization transports medical necessities for the mission from the U.S. to Haiti, such as wound supplies, antibiotics, antifungals, diabetes medication and IVs.

Saniewski receives most of the medications through a company that supports medical missions, so they acquire them in bulk, which is less expensive.

Hackettstown (N.J.) Regional Medical Center: Charlotte Karen Young, APN, MS, GCNS-BC, CWOCN, CRNI, was among four Hackettstown nurses to be honored with 2013 Nursing Excellence Awards from the medical center.

Young, an HRMC employee since 2006, was honored with the Lifetime of Excellence Award. A nurse for 45 years, Young recently has served as the medical center’s wound care director and clinical nurse specialist at HRMC’s Wound Healing Center.

“I am most honored that my fellow nurses and others recommended me for this award,” Young said in a news release. “It truly has been a lifetime of exciting challenges and experiences. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Nursing Excellence Awards also were given to Hackettstown’s Donna Gerrity, RN; Jodi Rotter, RN, MS; and Linda Stewart, RN, CMSRN.

Gerrity, an HRMC nurse since 2006, is a med-surg nurse on 3-South. One of her nominators wrote, “Donna is passionate about nursing and caring for people. She comes in every day with her heart open to her patients.” Another added, “Donna’s goal is to ‘wow’ her patients.”

Rotter has been a nurse for 13 years and works in the ED. “My favorite aspect of nursing is knowing that every day, I positively affect people’s lives and make a difference,” she said in the release. Rotter added she is honored to “share this recognition with three amazing and inspiring nurses.”

Stewart said she enjoys getting to know her patients and “making them comfortable in their surroundings. I am in awe and very honored to have even been nominated. There are so many great nurses here at HRMC.” Stewart has been a nurse for 36 years and has worked 30 years at HRMC.

By | 2013-09-30T00:00:00-04:00 September 30th, 2013|Categories: New York/New Jersey Metro, Regional|0 Comments

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