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Highlights of SON Faculty, Student and Staff Accomplishments & More

Monday, April 11, 2016


Rutgers SON Receives $4.7 million Helene Fuld Health Trust Grant for Out-of-Hospital Nurse Residencies
William L. Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and distinguished professor is the project director for a Helene Fuld Health Trust grant that will support development of a unique Out-of-Hospital Nurse Residency Program for new graduate nurses from Rutgers SON. The $4,690,110 four-year grant to the School of Nursing, through the Rutgers University Foundation, takes effect October 1, 2016. While most nurse residency programs provide training for new nurses working in hospital settings, this two-semester residency will educate new nurses working in post-acute care, skilled nursing, home care, and long-term care. As health care and nursing jobs shift away from hospitals, the program will meet a growing need for transition-to-practice programs across health care settings that support retention of nurses, expansion of nurse competencies, and improved patient outcomes. An innovative component of this program is that the residencies will be created collaboratively between Rutgers School of Nursing and the clinical agencies and health care systems. Typically residencies and short-term orientations have been the sole responsibility of the clinical agencies. The Helen Fuld Health Trust is the nation's largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing students and nursing education. Learn More about the Out-of-Hospital Nurse Residency.

Upcoming Events

Developing an Online Presence: Websites, Social Media, and Blogging for Academics, Friday April 15. This free panel takes place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall Floor 4, 169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. The panel is part of the Rutgers Public Engagement Project, which has been hosting a events to help scholars learn how to share their findings and generate interest among key audiences, especially the media and the general public. All of the sessions are being videotaped. Learn about previous and upcoming sessions and find the recordings here.

School of Nursing Senior Honors Research Symposium, Monday, April 18.
SON honor students’ leading-edge research will be showcased at this event, taking place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Dean’s Lounge, Ackerson Hall 1st Floor, 180 University Avenue, Newark. This year’s symposium marks the culmination of one of our most successful years for undergraduate research. For information, please contact Denise Santangelo,

Annual Nursing Research Day, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), Tuesday, April 19. The free, full-day seminar takes place at CINJ, 195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick. Rita Musanti, PhD, ANP-BC, RBHS Endowed Professor of Oncology Nursing at SON, serves on CINJ’s research team. She reports, “In the morning, Peg Rosenzwieg, PhD from University of Pittsburgh will be presenting topics related to clinical trials including patient interview, assessment, and reporting techniques. The afternoon will focus on basic nursing science and translational research techniques. Contact hours have been applied for.  Find more info, and register here.

Annual Induction Ceremony, Alpha Tau chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Monday, May 9. Alpha Tau, Rutgers School of Nursing’s STTI chapter, the oldest in the state of New Jersey, will welcome 300 new inductees at the 6 p.m. ceremony at Rutgers’ Busch Campus Center, 604 Bartholomew Road in Piscataway. The event will include a special tribute to the late Dr. Maureen DeMaio Esteves. Download invitation.

SON in the News:  Faculty

William L. Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and distinguished professor, has a new blog post, “Rutgers Helps Lead America in Providing a Nursing Workforce that Matches the Nation’s Diversity,” From the Dean’s Desk, April 8, 2016

Ann D. Bagchi, PhD, BSN, RN, instructor, and SON Alumna Hanaa Hamdi, PhD, Newark’s director of community health and wellness, are featured in “RU-N Partnership Seeks to Study, Model Virtual Health Care Delivery in New Jersey,” Rutgers University Newark, News Release, April 6, 2016.

SON’s 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings are highlighted in: 
“See which N.J. graduate schools made national rankings,”, March 17, 2016
“How Pa. and N.J. graduate programs fared on latest 'U.S. News',”, March 16, 2016

SON in the News:  Students & Alumni
Cilgy Abraham, senior, BS in Nursing program, published an opinion piece, “Asthma's severity shouldn't be underestimated,” Daily Targum, March 28, 2016

April Ancheta, senior, BS in Nursing program, published an article, “Resolutions Presented at NSNA: What Was and What Is,” in the National Student Nurses’ Association magazine,Imprint, February/March 2016.

Alumna Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN, has a new blog post, “The Beauty of Resilience,”, March 21, 2016.

Patti O'Brien-Richardson, MS Ed, student in our joint PhD in Urban Systems, Urban Health specialization program, is featured in “A riveting course at NJIT tackles the enigma of hair,” NJIT Course Spotlight, April 2016. She is also quoted in “What It Means When I Braid My Daughter's Hair,” Elle, April 1, 2016.

Alumna Nancy L. Mangieri, DNP, C-PHFP, CPM, a three-time graduate of our school, is public health director for Bergen County. She was one of only six people sent by the State of New Jersey to participate in the CDC’s Zika Summit held April 1 in Atlanta. She’s quoted in “Medical minds gather to draft Zika battle plan for U.S.,” North, April 1, 2016.  

Global Health Nursing Seminar Tackles Tough Health Challenges
More than 130 professionals and students from nursing and other health professions gathered in Newark for a half-day seminar exploring some the most pressing health challenges facing communities across the globe. The event, Nurses Matter: Our Role in Global Health, held April 5 at New Jersey Medical School, was co-sponsored by Rutgers SON’s Center for Global Health and the New Jersey Trauma Center at University Hospital (UH). Organizers for the event, with colleagues from UH, were SON’s Anne Marie Linn, MPH, senior program coordinator HIV Care Specialization and Center for Global Health; and Suzanne Willard, PhD, APNC, FAAN, associate dean for global health, specialty director for the HIV Care Specialization, and clinical associate professor. Dr. Willard was the moderator. Guest speakers were Dr. Sheila Davis, chief nursing officer at Partners in Health; Ms. Marina Goldman, nurse practitioner at Total Wellness Centers; Dr. Ann Kurth, dean of Yale School of Nursing and Dr. Carl Kirton, UH chief nursing officer. The range of topics included HIV/ AIDS, Ebola, female genital mutilation, and other problems faced by Third World countries.

Spotlight on: Rutgers Men in Nursing
SON’s chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) was featured in the Winter 2016 issue of Interaction, AAMN’s national magazine, for its successful “Give and Take Charity Project.”
Through a donation drive held late last year, the chapter raised $1,500  (the goal was $500) to benefit Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick, which serves about 300 free meals daily. Richie Tran, a junior in the BS in Nursing program and vice present of the AAMN chapter, spearheaded the Give and Take Project with assistance from SON’s Student Senate leaders. Thanks to our students for their active support of communities in need.  For more information about the AAMN at Rutgers, contact staff liaison, Kofi Polley, senior executive associate, Student Services,

Faculty and Staff Positions Available at SON
Referrals and applications are invited for several Faculty Positions within our school. While most positions are based in Newark, adjunct/PTL positions are available in Blackwood. Also, the FXB Center Child Health Program is seeking RNs for Health Care Case Manager positions in Hudson South and Middlesex South. Please spread the world and help us recruit great team members to the SON. For details on faculty positions, visit

Gifts and Grants
Margaret Wolan Sullivan, PhD, professor and associate dean for research services, is co-principal investigator, and Nancy Fiedler, Ph.D., professor, School of Public Health, is principal investigator of a pilot grant, Neurodevelopmental measures for neurotoxicant research among infants and young children. The $13,000, one-year grant was awarded by the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute’ s Center for Environmental Exposure and Disease (CEED). The researchers will conduct a pilot study of visual attention and working memory in 12- to 16-month-old infants. They will adapt a well-validated infant assessment tool to a modern, portable computer platform and fine tune their protocol for use in Thailand. 

Honors, Awards, and Appointments
Deanna Gray-Miceli, PhD, APRN, FAAN, assistant professor, has been appointed to the VHA Falls Expert Advisory Panel, Veterans Health Administration National Center for Patient Safety, effective March 2016. The panel provides recommendations for developing and using fall-related injury data, and developing virtual breakthrough series training, coaching, and advising. The panel’s interdisciplinary, evidence-based approach aims to advance the state of fall and fall-related injury prevention intervention.

Olga F. Jarrín, PhD, RN, assistant professor, has been appointed to serve a three-year term as a primary reviewer for the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Nursing Research Review Committee. Dr. Jarrín, who credits the ANF grant program with launching her program of home health research, notes ANF Grant applications are being accepted through May 1, 2016. There are 30 different grants available, ranging in size from $5,000 - $30,000, for both beginning nurse researchers and experienced investigators. 

Daniel Misa, BS, RN, CEN, CPEN, alumna and current student, is president-elect of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The state ENA council recently presented him its 2016 Behind the Scenes Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions, behind the scenes, to promote the association's mission. Mr. Misa earned his BS in Nursing from Rutgers SON in 2010 and will graduate from the MSN in Leadership/ Management program this May.

Valerie Smith Stephens, EdD, LCSW, assistant dean for academic support services/EOF director, has been appointed to a three-year term as chair of the newly formed Ethics Committee of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). The committee chair is appointed by the president to lead the group charged with researching and advising the board of directors on ethical matters pertaining to the organization and membership. Comprised of professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level, CRLA works to improve student learning and facilitate the professional growth of its members.

SON Faculty Members Defend PhD Dissertations
Yuri T. Jadotte, MD, assistant professor and assistant director for education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation (NEST) at the School of Nursing successfully defended his dissertation, Understanding the association between interprofessional collaborative practice and patient health outcomes in urban settings: A mixed methods study, completed for the PhD in Urban Systems, program Urban Health specialization, offered jointly by Rutgers and NJIT. His dissertation chair is Sabrina Chase, PhD, assistant professor and director of the Urban Health track.

Darcel Reyes, ANP-BC, clinical instructor and associate director, HIV Care Specialization, successfully defended her PhD in Nursing dissertation, Effects of an internet-based education program on self-care agency in people living with human immunodeficiency virus, completed at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her dissertation committee chair is Kathleen M. Nokes, PhD, RN, FAAN.

SON Well-Represented at New Jersey Nursing Students (NJNS) Convention
Rutgers School of Nursing students, faculty, and alumni made a strong showing at the New Jersey Nursing Students' (NJNS) 64th Annual Convention at Bally's in Atlantic City, March 3-4, 2016. Here’s a roundup:

Presentations:  Faculty, Students & Alumni
Olga F. Jarrín, PhD, RN, assistant professor, helped coordinate the 2nd Annual Latino Nurses Network Symposium, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA, April 8, 2016. Speakers included Gina Miranda-Diaz, SON alumna and adjunct faculty member.

Damaris M. Grossmann, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, alumna and family nurse practitioner DNP student, presented, served on three panels, Disability or ability?, Navigating end of life choices in America, and Paying it forward: The value of giving back, at the 68th Annual Conference on World Affairs, Boulder, CO, April 4-8, 2016.

Susan H. Weaver, MSN, RN, CRNI, NEA-BC, PhD in Nursing student, gave a 45-minute podium presentation, Behind the scenes as administrative supervisors: A qualitative exploration of their role and impact on nurse and patient safety, at the annual meeting of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Fort Worth, TX, March 31, 2016.


Correction: The March 11 issue of Nursing Rounds incorrectly identified Dr. Mary Johansen as clinical assistant professor, instead of her current title as clinical associate professor.


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