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Highlights of SON Faculty, Student and Staff Accomplishments & More

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Happy Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2016.
Thank you to our faculty, students, alumni, and staff for all that you do, each and every day.

Nominations Sought for Humanism in Healthcare Awards. Deadline is Friday, May 13.
All are welcome to submit nomination for students and faculty to be considered for the 2016 Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award to be presented this summer by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. The award recognizes honorees for demonstrating outstanding compassion while caring for patients and their families in the Foundation’s service area, which covers Essex, Morris, and Union counties. Learn more here.

Rutgers Foundation Seeks Crowdfunding for RBHS Student Travel to National Conferences
Rutgers School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students are portrayed on a crowdfunding site sponsored by the Rutgers University Foundation to raise money to “Help RBHS Students Develop Critical Presentation Skills.” The site seeks to raise $2,500 by the May 25 project end. View the site and consider making a donation here.

SON in the News

Zainab Poonawalla, student, BS in Nursing, is featured in “Rutgers Nursing Student Travels World Caring for the Sick,” Rutgers Today, April 22, 2016 (video).

Alumna Judith Caruso, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, president of the SON Alumni Association, is quoted in “Five Ways to Promote Healthy Nurse–Doctor Relationships,”, April 2016.

Alumna Nancy L. Mangieri, DNP, C-PHFP, CPM, is quoted in “N.J. leaders say now is time to prepare for Zika,”, April 29, 2016.
Alumna Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN, has a new blog post, “The Business of Being a Bitch,” Huffington Post, May 4, 2016.

Alumna Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, is quoted in “Stand Up To Cancer to Offer Training Modules for Nurses on Front Lines of Administering New Cancer Therapies,” PR Newswire, May 9, 2016

SON Students and Faculty head to Tanzania for Field Learning Trip
Seven School of Nursing students and three faculty/staff members will participate in a 12-day study trip to Tanzania where they’ll learn first-hand about health care delivery in this East African nation. Taking place May 12-26, the field experience is part of the Global Health Practicum Course, a 3-credit nursing elective sponsored by the Rutgers School of Nursing’s Center for Global Health. The itinerary will include daily sessions on Tanzanian culture and health and language classes focusing on health-related vocabulary. Participants will spend 3-4 hours daily in a clinical setting, such as a hospital or clinic, working alongside local health care providers. Suzanne Willard, PhD, RN, APN-c, FAAN, associate dean for Global Health, is leading the excursion with assistance from Anne Marie Linn, MPH, senior program coordinator for Global Health. They are joined by associate professor, Melanie Percy, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, FAANP.

Student Senate “Relay for Life” Team Raises $3,000 to Fight Cancer
The School of Nursing Student Senate fielded 6th highest fundraising team out of 65 teams entered into the Rutgers University Relay for Life Event held April 22-23. Held across the country, Relay events bring together teams who camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path during a 24-hour period to raise funds and boost awareness in the fight against cancer. The Student Senate dedicated this year’s Relay team to the memory of the late Maureen Esteves, PhD, RN, associate dean, who served more than 35 years at Rutgers.

Photo Albums: View Pics of Recent School of Nursing Events
--School of Nursing Picnic
In spite of a cloudy start to the day, a good time was had by all. May 2, Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick. View photos

--Rutgers Day
Student, faculty, and staff volunteers hosted tables. Thanks to all the volunteers. April 30 in Newark and New Brunswick. View photos

--Graduation Send Off
Congrats to SON’s Office of Student Engagement for organizing this pop-up event providing one-stop service for candidates for graduation. April, 27, Ackerson Hall, Newark. Photos

--Senior Honors Research Symposium
Undergraduate students gave podium presentations about their research.  April 18, Ackerson Hall, Newark. Photos

--DNP Poster Day
Twenty-four posters highlighting DNP projects were presented at the 10 a.m. to 12 noon poster session, which ran concurrently with individual project defense sessions. April 18, Ackerson Hall, Newark. Photos

Awards, Honors & Appointments

Shaakira Abdul Razzaq, DNP student, received a Nursing Research Award from the Mu Theta At Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The award, which included a $1,500 gift, was presented at the chapter’s induction ceremony held April 23 at the Bethwood in Totowa.

Susan Caplan, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC, assistant professor, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Editorial Board of the Hispanic Health Care International Journal, the official journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. Published by SAGE, the peer-reviewed journal serves as an interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of information for clinical practice, education, research, and policy on issues concerning Hispanic/Latino populations in the United States.

Dennis P. Carmody, PhD, professor, is an ad hoc reviewer with a recent review completed for the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Linda J. Hassler, MS, RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA, clinical associate professor/project director, New Jersey Action Coalition Nurse Residency in Long-Term Care, received the Distinguished Educator Award from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She was nominated and presented with award by Diane Weil, RN, MSN, from Preakness Healthcare Center, Wayne, NJ.


Gift and Grants

Deanna Gray-Miceli, PhD, APRN-BC, RN, FGSA, FAANP, FAAN, assistant professor, is receiving support for two research projects through the Aresty Research Center, Rutgers Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The Center will provide research scholarships to four undergraduate students for each of the two projects:
Gray-Miceli, D., and Craelius, W. principal investigators, Mobile Technology for Training and Assessing Balance in Older Adults: Phase II.
Gray-Miceli, D., and Chase, S., principal investigators, “I’m Falling and I Can Get Up”: Exploration of- and metrics used- in the balancing act.

Valerie Smith Stephens, EdD, LCSW, assistant dean for academic support services and director, EOF, has received a $15,000 grant from the Walter and Louise Sutcliffe Foundation. The grant will assist Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) nursing students with funds for uniforms, stethoscopes, their Medical Surgical textbook, and a small stipend. Recipients are rising Junior students who will participate in the EOF program’s pre-clinical program to take place in July. The Sutcliffe Foundation, administered by Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services, provides grants for financially needy students attending nursing schools.

In American Journal of Public Health, PhD Student Questions Disaster Kit Effectiveness
Tara Heagele, MSN Ed., RN, PCCN, EMT, a student in our PhD in Nursing program, has an article published by the American Journal of Public Health, one of the nation’s most prestigious health journals.  The article, “Lack of Evidence Supporting the Effectiveness of Disaster Supply Kits,” points to a need for more research on whether conventional wisdom on disaster kit effectiveness is a reality or a myth.  Ms. Heagele is a flight nurse and volunteer essential emergency responder with the Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps who has a wide range of emergency certifications from FEMA and other agencies. She has a special interest in the preparedness activities of the elderly and the medically frail and the role that nurses have in mobilizing the community to prepare for disaster. Her mentor in the PhD Program is associate professor, Frances Munet-Vilaro, PhD, RN. The article is published in AJPH 106(6): 979-982. Download PDF.

The current issue of JANAC, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 27(3) was produced with key leadership and contributions from several School of Nursing faculty and colleagues. The journal will be spotlighted at the upcoming International AIDS Conference. Congratulations to all those involved in producing this volume addressing critical workforce issues for today and tomorrow. View the JANAC volume here.

Deanna Gray-Miceli, PhD, APRN-BC, RN, FGSA, FAANP, FAAN, assistant professor, has a new publication:  Gray-Miceli D & Quigley P. (2016). Preventing falls in acute care, in Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice, 5th edition (Eds.). Boltz M, Capezuti E, Fulmer T, Zwicker D.  (Chapter 19, pp 283-309). Springer Publishing Co. 

Yuri T. Jadotte, MD, PhD, assistant professor, assistant director for education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, has two publications:

Tokede, O., Jadotte, Y.T., & Tounsi, A. (2016). Efficacy of Ozone as an Adjunctive Anti-microbial in the Non-surgical Treatment of Chronic and Aggressive Periodontitis- Part 2: Review Findings and Meta-analysis. International Journal of Dental Sciences and Research, 4(2), 28-34. View on Sciepub
 Tokede, O., Jadotte, Y.T., & Caine, R. (2016). Efficacy of Ozone as an Adjunctive Anti-microbial in the Non-surgical Treatment of Chronic and Aggressive Periodontitis: A Systematic Review Protocol. International Journal of Dental Sciences and Research, 4(2), 24-27. View on Sciepub

Suzanne Willard, PhD, RN, APN-c, FAAN, associate dean for global health, clinical professor and director, HIV Specialization, has a new publication,  Willard, S.; Findley, P., & Wagner, M. (2016) RUTGERS/FOCUS wellness center - An innovative practice and an investment in the future of Newark, Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice 3: 1-4. Download PDF.

Rutgers School of Nursing Well-Represented at ENRS
The School of Nursing was a Supporting Partner for the Eastern Nursing Research Association 28th Annual Scientific Sessions, Pittsburgh, PA, April 13-15, 2016. SON Faculty and Students gave the following presentations:



Barbara Caldwell, PhD, APN-BC, professor and specialty director for Psychiatric Mental Health is an author on a poster: Caldwell, B.; Redeker, A; Sadler, L.; Yale University; Ordway, M.; Identifying sleep patterns in WIC mothers and their young children.

Dr. Barbara Caldwell is an author on a poster: Sadler, L.; Redeker, N; Ordway, M.; Banasiak, N; Crowley, A.; Caldwell, B.; Fennick, A.; Partnering with families and pediatric clinicians to improve sleep health in children living in socioeconomically stressed environments.

Karen D’Alonzo, PhD, RN, APN-c, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean, Nursing Science; and DeSanto-Madeya, S.; presented a workshop: How to Create an Effective and Efficient AIMS Page. 

Emilia Iwu, PhD, RN, APNC, FWACN, clinical instructor; and William L. Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and distinguished professor, symposium session: Shifting HIV treatment roles from doctors to nurses in Africa: A correlational study examining the relationships among nurse demographics, setting characteristics, self-efficacy and job satisfaction.

Dr. Emilia Iwu and Teri Lindgren, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor and specialty director, Community Health Program; symposium session: Role transition experiences of nurses providing advanced HIV care in Nigeria: A qualitative descriptive study.

Ann Marie P. Mauro, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE , assistant dean, professor, and director, Center for Educational Research and Innovation; Escallier, L. A.; Rosario-Sim, M. G.; paper session: New Careers in Nursing Scholar alumni toolkit: An innovative resource for transition to practice.

Rita Musanti, PhD, ANP-BC, AOCNP, RBHS Endowed Professor of Nursing Oncology, assistant professor; symposium session: Obesity and Cancer: Bio-Behavioral Research-Based Recommendations in the Cancer Population



Beth Jameson, MSN, RN, teaching fellow and student, PhD in Nursing; and Felesia Bowen, PhD, RN, APN-BC, Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing director, Center for Urban Youth and Families, and assistant professor,  presented a poster:  School nurse work environment: Burnout and areas of worklife job satisfaction.

Myrto McNeil, BSN, RN, student, DNP program, presented a poster: Metabolic syndrome monitoring: efficacy of an educational intervention on knowledge, attitude and monitoring behaviors of outpatient psychiatric providers.

Sevara Ruzehaji, honors student, BS in Nursing, presented a poster: Characteristics and risk factors of acute delirium in hospitalized children. She is mentored by Cheryl Holly, EdD, RN, ANEF, professor and co-director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation.

Susan Weaver, MSN, RN, CRNI, NEA-BC student, PhD in Nursing; and Teri Lindgren, PhD, RN, FAAN assistant professor and specialty director, Community Health Program, paper presentation: Building trust: A qualitative exploration of the administrative supervisor role.

Janice Aloi, DMH, RN, CNE, assistant director, Second Degree Baccalaureate Program, New Brunswick, presented Connectedness and peer mentoring in a second degree baccalaureate nursing program, at the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau 2016 Nurse Education Research Conference, Washington, DC, April 7-9, 2016.

Amita Avadhani, DNP, DCC, ACNP, ANP, APN, assistant professor; director, Post Master’s DNP-Practice; and coordinator, Adult Gerontology Acute/Critical Care MSN program; gave a podium presentation: Integration of a hybrid, multi competency, advanced acute care management simulation in an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner curriculum, at the 42nd Annual meeting of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Seattle, WA, April 13-17, 2016. She was a session moderator and served on the planning committee for the conference.

Nancy Delloiacono, DNP, RN, APN-BC, clinical learning coordinator, gave a podium presentation, Caring for a new multigenerational workforce: Evidence-based older worker musculoskeletal guidelines for APNs and OHNs, at the annual conference of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Jacksonville, FL,  April 13, 2016.

D. Anthony (Tony) Forrester, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN presented Nursing's greatest leaders: A history of activism, at the New Jersey League for Nursing Convention, March 31-April 1, 2016.

Suzanne Willard, PhD, RN, APN-c, FAAN, associate dean for global health, clinical professor and director, HIV Specialization; Anne Marie Linn, MPH, senior program coordinator, HIV Specialization, and Center for Global Health; and William L. Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and distinguished professor, have a poster, The Inaugural Workshop of the Rutgers Global Nursing Research Collaborative, presented at the 7th meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, San Francisco, CA, April 9-11, 2016.


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