Carol Patterson, MSN, RN, CEN, associate professor of nursing at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, N.J., received a Divas and Dons award from the Institute for Nursing at its annual gala in December in Princeton.
The award honors a New Jersey nurse who makes an extraordinary impact on the nursing profession and the health community, has demonstrated outstanding achievement and has been a positive influence on others, according to a news release. The Institute for Nursing is the foundation of the New Jersey State Nurses Association.
A former president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, Patterson has taught at RVCC for nearly 25 years. In addition to teaching at RVCC, Patterson has served as a per diem nurse on the brain trauma unit at JFK Medical Center in Edison.
The mission of the Institute for Nursing is to preserve the heritage, principles, values and practices of our health profession through the support of scholarships, education and research, Norma Rodgers, BSN, RN, CCRA, president of the institute, said in the release. Our current goals include raising money to expand our scholarship and research programs. We want to bring more nurses into our profession and develop educational programs to keep nurses current on the major advances in healthcare. This effort is vital to improving the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.
Proceeds from the Divas and Dons event fund scholarships for nursing students and nurses who are advancing their education. The Institute for Nursing also provides continuing education programs and grants for nurses involved in research.