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Highlights of SON Faculty, Student, Staff, and Alumni Accomplishments

Thursday, July 20, 2017

EVENTS, Awards, Honors, Appointments, Gifts and Grants

Alumna Dianne Barba, BS ‘17, is featured in “Major Surgery Prompted Graduate to Become a Nurse,” Rutgers Today, May 4, 2017; and “North Jersey Rutgers graduates have pride, nerves,”, May 14, 2017

Felesia Bowen, assistant professor, François-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing, and director of the Center for Urban Youth and Families, is quoted in “Healthwise: Living with Asthma,”, June 5, 2017

Edna Cadmus, clinical professor, specialty director, and executive director of the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, is profiled in “Nursing Journeys: She Started as a Candy Striper,” Campaign for Action, July 14, 2017

Rutgers co-authors, led by Professor Edna Cadmus, are cited in “New Book Offers Lessons on Retaining New Nurses in Post-Acute Care Settings,” Campaign for Action, July 19, 2017


University Hospital and RBHS to Hold Blood Drive - July 25 in Newark

With area blood centers declaring emergency blood shortages this summer, let’s remember that the need for blood never takes a vacation. You can help by donating blood on Tuesday, July 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Medical Science Building, Grand Foyer- B-Level, 185 South Orange, Avenue, Newark. All donors will receive a $5 Fandango coupon and a voucher for a Blimpie’s sandwich. Walk-ins will be accepted, but appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment call 800-933-2566 or visit

SON Students Launch Baby Supplies Drive For Homeless Moms

Rutgers SON Second-Degree BS in Nursing students are raising funds and collecting needed items for mothers and babies served by the Raphael's Life House (RLH) shelter in Elizabeth. Affiliated with Covenant House New Jersey, RLF provides a safe and supportive living environment for homeless young women and their babies from birth to 18 months. It offers a continuum of services to help new mothers develop the skills and values needed for responsible parenthood. The SON students are welcoming all to participate in their initiative. Baby supplies can be donated through the RLH Baby Registry at Amazon, and financial gifts can be made through GoFundMe. For more information, please contact Rebecca Morris, vice president of the Newark campus second-degree program student government at

SON Hosts Inaugural Staff Retreat

Staff members assembling team-building project (marshmallow tower)Under the leadership of Johanna Stephenson, director of faculty and staff resources, and a team of planning committee colleagues from various departments, the School of Nursing held its first-ever retreat for staff. More than 60 staff members attended the retreat, held July 11 at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.

While the school has hosted town hall meetings for staff, and end-of-year gatherings open to all staff and faculty, the retreat was the first to bring staff from all SON locations together for a full day of education and networking. 

Guest speaker Colleen Georges, a Positive Psychology coach, speaker, educator, and author, led participants through a series of exercises highlighting strategies for defining one’s personal strengths, maximizing those strengths, and employing positive communication and action to improve work and life satisfaction.

Susan Hamilton, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presented an educational session on laws, policies, and procedures related to sexual and gender-based discrimination, harassment, violence, and related misconduct on campus.

Attendees also participated in team-building and ice-breaker activities including the Marshmallow Tower Challenge and SON Bingo. A highlight of the day was the presentation of the Heart of SON Award to two staff members and one faculty member.


Staff and Faculty Receive Heart of SON Awards

Warren, Santangelo, Holzemer - presentation of award Warren, Distefano, Holzemer - presentation of award

Thomas DiStefano, and Denise Santangelo, School of Nursing professional staff members, and Molly Bradshaw (not shown), an instructor and academic specialty director, received the 2017 Heart of SON Award for their outstanding contributions to the SON community. The awards were presented at the inaugural School of Nursing Staff Retreat held July 11 in New Brunswick.

The Heart of SON Staff Award is granted to full-time staff who exceed job expectations and display exceptional and exemplary initiative, dedication, and strong work ethic in achieving outcomes and service. The Heart of SON Faculty Award is granted to an individual who models kindness and respect to all members of SON and Rutgers communities, goes “above and beyond” in collaborating with staff and students, and is recognized as a positive influence throughout the SON environment.

DiStefano is the user information/user experience (UI/UX) architect, infrastructure and technology services. Comments from nominators include, “Excellence in Customer Service could be his middle name. He is extremely talented, creative and forward thinking. He goes above and beyond, not only by putting in extra hours to get things done, but also by volunteering to fill in where gaps exist to accomplish important goals for our school. He is always pleasant, calm and easy to speak with--in spite of multiple, often last-minute- demands coming from all across the school. He has a keen sense of humor that he shares sparingly but right on time. He works to empower fellow staff members to use many of the tech tools we have available and is a willing and natural teacher. He is certainly at the heart of the SON.”

Santangelo is senior administrative assistant in the Division of Entry to Baccalaureate Nursing, New Brunswick Campus. She was lauded as “a true asset to the SON and the undergraduate program…. She is very knowledgeable and resourceful. Denise is pleasant, energetic and a valued member of our team.” Further, “Denise works tirelessly to help students and goes to great lengths to accommodate them, including working endlessly to help in meeting their scheduling needs. She attends all the students' events and is their cheerleader and support person.” Another nominator wrote, “She always ensures that we have what we need, accepts all requests with a smile, is a great problem-solver, and works hard to make sure all issues are resolved. Denise demonstrates a love and dedication to Rutgers School of Nursing that is unparalleled and is the very definition of ‘The Heart of the School of Nursing.’”

Bradshaw serves as instructor and specialty director for the Family Nurse Practitioner MSN teach-out and specialty director for DNP Projects. She was cited as “a role model for nursing education as a whole. Among a treasure trove of exemplary faculty, Molly stands out as one who encourages and positively influences students, staff and faculty peers alike. Her actions and her presentations relay her passion for what she does and her desire for all those around her to be successful and push forward in their projects. She always manages to put a personal experience in her posters, which engage the viewer, and make our school shine.”

2017 Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism Awards Presented

Ann Bagchi, instructor, and co-director of the HIV Research Collaborative at Rutgers SON, and Lubna Qureshi, a DNP student in our Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track, received the 2017 Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ). Each year, HFNJ presents its Humanism award to nursing students and faculty, medical students, and health care institution employees in the greater Newark region who demonstrate outstanding compassionate care to patients and their families. This year 39 honorees were recognized by more than 200 guests at the Foundation’s awards dinner, held July 17 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston.

Awards, Honors & Appointments--Faculty & Staff

Katherine Kuren Black, clinical assistant professor, has been installed as president-elect (July 2017-June 2018) of the Gamma Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing. Afiliated with Seton Hall University College of Nursing, and chartered in 1978, Gamma Nu is an active STTI chapter with more than 400 members.

Karen D’Alonzo, associate professor and associate dean for nursing science, was granted Graduate Faculty Status in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University New Brunswick. D’Alonzo is collaborating on research projects with a number of nutritional science faculty members including Debra Palmer, Sue Shapses and Daniel Hoffman.

Cheryl Holly, professor and co-director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, has been appointed to the Patient Center Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel, Scientific Merit Review, Dissemination and Implementation. PCORI was established to fund research that can help patients and make better-informed decisions about their health care choices. Holly has also been appointed to a 4-year term on the Rutgers University Research Council.  

Joyce Hyatt, associate professor and program director for the Nurse Midwifery program, was re-appointed for a 3-year term as the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) representative to the United Nations.  The ICM represents 131 Midwives Associations serving approximately 500,000 midwives in 113 countries. The ICM mission includes advancing the profession of midwifery globally by promoting autonomous midwives as the most appropriate caregivers for childbearing women   Learn more about ICM.

Awards, Honors and Appointments--Students and Alumni

Dominique Flores, BS in Nursing student, received a $1,000 Newark City Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship, administered by the New Jersey Institute for Nursing (IFN). The scholarship is awarded to New Jersey students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability and potential leadership. The award was presented at the IFN Research and Scholarship Luncheon held June 3 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin. An active student leader, Flores serves as vice president and secretary for the Class of 2019, and academic affairs chair for the Rutgers SON Student Senate, among other leadership posts. 

Eleni Pellazgu, alumna (MSN ’14) and current PhD in Nursing student, was selected as a Student Member of New York Academy of Medicine. She will be recognized at the 2017 Induction Ceremony to be held November 2 in New York City.  Pellazgu, a 2016-2018 Jonas Foundation Nurse Leader Scholar, serves the community as a member of the board trustees of the Diabetes Foundation, which provides supplies, medication assistance, patient support services, and camp sponsorships for children with Type 1 diabetes. She also serves as a trustee of Family Promise, an organization that assists homeless individuals and families in Morris County.

Kathryn A. Riman, a rising senior in the BS in Nursing program, won the Best Student Poster -3rd Place Award at the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS), 29th Annual Scientific Sessions, held April 5-7 in Philadelphia, PA. The poster, An evaluation of the trends in public reporting in NJ hospitals among adult psychiatric patients, reports on research Riman is conducting with her mentor, Pamela de Cordova, assistant professor and faculty researcher for the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, housed at Rutgers School of Nursing.

Pilot Program will support Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Research on Opioid Use
Olga F. Jarrín, assistant professor at SON and director of the Community Health Data Laboratory at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IHHCPAR), and Stephen Crystal, Board of Governors Professor and director of the Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management, and Outcomes at the IHHCPAR, are co-directors of a $100,000 pilot award grant, O.P.I.O.I.D Interdisciplinary Research Group on Health System Response to the Opioid Epidemic: Opportunity to Pursue Interdisciplinary Opioid Investigation and Discovery. The one-year grant (7/1/17-6/30/18) was awarded by the Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development Interdisciplinary Research Group Pilot Grant Program.

The scientific challenges posed by the growing opioid abuse epidemic are among the most critical public health challenges facing the nation. The initiative will competitively award pilot funds to interdisciplinary research teams at Rutgers for preliminary analyses of secondary data to support large grant applications for the NIH, CDC, SAMHSA, PCORI, and others. The call for pilot project proposals will be issued in September. The Rutgers OPIOID IRG will also support networking and research collaboration between all interested Rutgers faculty. The interdisciplinary research group has 30 faculty including Rutgers School of Nursing’s Judith Barberio, and Barbara Caldwell. Additional faculty (and graduate students) who wish to be involved should contact Olga Jarrín at


Gifts and Grants

Ying-Yu Chao, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, clinical assistant professor, is principal investigator for a grant, Chao, Y.Y., Musanti, R., & Seo, J.Y., Utilization of Mental Health Services among Older Chinese-Americans. Funded by the Rutgers Research Council in the amount of $3638, the study will use a mixed method study design to examine the utilization of mental health services among older Chinese-Americans. Andersen’s Healthcare Utilization Model will be used to examine the predictors of the utilization of mental health services. Qualitative interviews will also be conducted in order to increase understanding of depressed older adults’ experience of seeking mental health services. Funding period: 07/01/2017-06/30/2018.

Rubab Qureshi, associate professor, is a co-principal investigator with an interdisciplinary team that has received grants from Rutgers University-Newark for two research projects related to LGTBQ health. The first, Interdisciplinary research initiative on LGBTQ inmates and health, received a two-year grant of $156,250 from the Multidisciplinary Research Teams (IMRT) program. The second, Interdisciplinary LGBTQ health disparities and health promotion research initiative, received a two-year grant of $50,000.
Qureshi, representing nursing, has is partnering on these projects with Rutgers colleagues Valerio
 Baćak, Jason Bird (social work), Luis Rivera (psychology). Christina Ho (law), Katherine Thurman (law), and Suzanne Kim (law). Goals for these grant program include supporting the establishment and growth of faculty research teams with the intent of enabling these research teams to compete effectively for extramural support.


Female College Students and Recent Grads of Middle Eastern Background Sought for Research Survey on Health Behaviors.
Connie Kozachek, a student in the PhD in Urban Systems, Urban Health track, is seeking participants for her dissertation research study, Factors that influence health behaviors among Middle Eastern college women in the United States. Kozachek is recruiting 400 female college students and recent graduates (within 6 months) of Middle Eastern background, 18 or older, to complete a 15-20 minute confidential, online survey.  The study aims to assist in the development of culturally sensitive programs to improve health and well-being of the target population.  Survey respondents will be eligible to enter a $50 gift card raffle. For more information, phone 732-754-4631 or email kozachcc@sn.rutgers The survey is available at

New Book Shares Lessons from Groundbreaking Residency Program in Long-Term Care
Cadmus, E., Salmond, S., Hassler, L., Bohnarczyk, N., and Black, K.  (2017). Developing a residency in post-acute care. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.

Book Cover- Developing a Residency in Post-Acute Care
In 2013, the New Jersey Action Coalition received $1.6 million from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to prepare new registered nurses for practice at state long-term/post-acute care facilities. The program successfully paired new nurse graduates with experienced nurse preceptors for two 12-month cohorts, and helped to improve care for residents in nursing homes and other facilities and stabilize the state’s nursing workforce. In Residency in Post-Acute Care, the authors present a practical guide for nurse educators based on their experiences. More info.




Publications-Students and Alumni as First Author

SON Well-Represented at International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics 2017 World Congress, San Francisco, July 23-27, 2017.


Presentations- Students and Alumni as First Author

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