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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Awards, Honors, Appointments

Nominations due Sept. 10th for Alumni Awards.
Annual Alumni Awards Dinner Slated for Nov. 9th
Award presentationThe Rutgers University School of Nursing Alumni Association (RUSONAA) is seeking nominations for its annual Outstanding Alumnus and Rising Star Alumnus Awards. The awards, along with scholarships for selected Rutgers students, will be presented at the association’s fundraising dinner and awards ceremony to be held Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Primavera Regency in Sterling, NJ. For more information about the RUSONAA, please email Kofi Polley, senior executive associate for administration and student services and alumni liaison. For award criteria and nomination forms, please visit the alumni awards webpage.


SON in the News

Cheryl Holly, assistant professor and co-director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, is cited in “PCORI Board approves 33 advisory panel members,” PCORI News Release, August 15, 2017

Olga Jarrín, assistant professor, is featured in “Study Provides First Evidence for American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence Program in Home Care,” News Release, July 24, 2017. Published 7-24-17 in Nursing Times; Medical Express,  ScienceNewsline, MedWorm, and HiTechDays

 Olga Jarrín is also featured in “Improving Nursing Home Care for People with Dementia,” Rutgers Today, July 25, 2017. Covered in Newswise, 8-15-17; News Medical Life Sciences, 8-16-17; New Brunswick Patch, 8-18-17

Program Spotlight—Peer Tutors Support Student Success

An initiative of SON’s Center for Academic Success (CAS), the Peer Tutor program provides a great opportunity for high-achieving, compassionate, and committed students to help others (traditional and second-degree students) to meet their academic requirements. The program is spearheaded by Faithann Brown, director of CAS, and Jane Ferrick, CAS program support specialist.

Faculty members have always been involved in identifying and recommending potential tutors. However, as of spring 2017, faculty nominations are a requirement of the peer tutor application process and form the major pipeline for new tutors.

To qualify as peer tutors, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and earn at least a “B” in any course they wish to tutor. They must complete the required orientation and training and are expected to provide regular tutoring sessions for 2 to 3 students each semester.
In addition to the rewards of helping others, sharpening their own academic and interpersonal skills, and gaining valuable experiences and references for future employment, peer tutors who fulfill program requirements receive a $200 stipend at semester’s end.
Applications are being accepted now and all SON faculty are encouraged to nominate potential peer tutors. For more information, please visit the program’s website or contact Jane Ferrick at 

Global Health Update: Developing a New Tool for Treating Depression in a Spanish Speaking Nation

Susan Caplan, assistant professor, led two summer visits to the Dominican Republic engaging interdisciplinary students in her research to develop a Spanish-language mobile app to treat depression. Participating from Rutgers School of Nursing were nursing students, Pak Chau, Azucena Hernandez, and Adairiz Lopez, and Nayeli Salazar, a student in our PhD in Urban Systems program and senior executive associate to the dean. The student research assistants also included Anna Baker, animal science major at Rutgers, and Tariana Vl Litte, a PhD student at Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

Caplan traveled with students to Boca Chico and Santo Domingo, where they conducted a proof of concept study of her mobile app in two primary care clinics. According to Caplan: “students were engaged in explaining and helping participants download and use the app, collecting baseline data, and developing systems for efficient data collection. 

“We were able to effect changes in mental health services through screening over 140 patients for depression, providing referrals to mental health care through our collaborating physicians, providing education and information to patients, providing an approach to integrated depression treatment for medical students, and strengthening liaisons between primary care providers and community-based mental health care. 

“We also visited one of the few hospital day programs for persons with mental illness, spoke at length with an expert in mental health services from the Dominican Ministry of Health, and had an extensive tour of the University Autonoma de Santo Domingo.”

Awards, Honors, Appointments and More- Faculty and Staff

Michele Baqi-Aziz, instructor and community health nursing course leader, Blackwood campus, has been appointed the Nursing Network Northeast Division Nurse Leader for the American Red Cross (ARC). In this national position, Baqi-Aziz is working with nurses from seven states (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, and VT). The Nursing Network assists the ARC to recruit and engage health professional and student volunteers, and provides nursing and public health expertise to the ARC. An ARC volunteer since 1981, Baqi-Aziz received her ARC lifetime nursing pin in 1987. She is an alumna of Rutgers SON Newark (MS) and Rutgers SON-Camden (BS).

Wendy Budin, professor and associate dean for the Entry to Baccalaureate Division, received the 2016 Lamaze International Research Award from Lamaze International. The prestigious award recognizes a person or organization whose research has significantly contributed to the field of childbirth education and normal birth. The award also raises awareness of the need for ongoing research in the field of childbirth education to support the evidence-based content of Lamaze education and information.

Barbara Cannella, clinical associate professor, received the Impact Award from the New Jersey Nursing Students (NJSN), presented at its 65th annual convention held March 2-3, 2017 in Atlantic City. The award honors individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on nursing students' education and professional development. Cannella has a long-standing record of working with the Rutgers Student Nurses Association and NJNS. With approximately 1,000 student members, the New Jersey organization is one of the largest constituent groups of the National Students Nursing Association.

Cheryl Clark, clinical instructor (part-time) for the online course, Information Technology for Evidence-Based Practice, recently passed the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator exam entitling her to use the CNE credential.

Cheryl Holly, professor and co-director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, has been elected to the Public Policy Committee of the National Academies of Practice. The seeks to advise governmental and regulatory agencies concerning sound health care policies and inform policy makers at the national and state level regarding public policies that will enhance health care access and health outcomes.

Cheryl Holly has also been appointed as the researcher member of the Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).  The institute is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.

Olga F. Jarrín, assistant professor, received the 2017 Hurdis M. Griffith Faculty Research Award from the Rutgers University Foundation. Named in honor of the 6th dean of the Rutgers College of Nursing, who now serves as dean and professor emerita, the award was established to recognize and provide financial support to enhance research efforts of junior faculty. The award is presented to an assistant professor on the tenure track at Rutgers School of Nursing. Criteria for the award include, but are not limited to, research manuscripts submitted for publication; research grant proposals submitted to and/or funded by extramural agencies, or significant progress in completing a research project.

Yuri Jadotte, assistant professor, and assistant director for education at the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation (NEST), was appointed by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research to serve a two-year term as the Preventive Medicine Resident Representative in the Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR), a subdivision of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Kyle D. Warren, vice dean for administration and student services, was selected, via a highly competitive process, as a fellow in the 2017-2019 cohort of the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA). The two-year program for high-potential faculty and staff from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and RBHS focuses on the development of cross-cutting leadership concepts, competencies, and tools to enhance participants’ professional capabilities. Participants are nominated by a senior university administrator who agrees to mentor and work closely with the fellow throughout the RLA experience, which includes completion of a capstone project. Warren’s mentor is Felicia McGinty, vice chancellor for student affairs at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

New E-Board Leads Alpha Tau Chapter of Nursing Honor Society

A new slate of officers recently took the helm at Alpha Tau, Rutgers School of Nursing’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing.  Executive board members for 2017-2019 are President Amita Avadhani, associate professor and a specialty director with the DNP program; President-Elect Felesia Bowen, assistant professor and Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing; Vice President Patricia Hindin, associate professor; Treasurer Linda Baron, alumna; Secretary Bola Fadipe, alumna; Webmaster and Faculty Counselor Rose Estrada, assistant professor; and Faculty Counselor Barbara Canella, clinical associate professor.

The mission of the honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. The Alpha Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International was established at the Rutgers College of Nursing (CON) in 1968.  Omicron Pi, the STTI chapter of the former UMDNJ-School of Nursing, was merged into Alpha Tau following the merger of the two nursing schools. For more information about the Alpha Tau, visit

Awards, Honors, and Appointments-- Students and Alumni

Two Rutgers SON students enrolled in the BS in Nursing program in New Brunswick are serving as elected members of the New Jersey Nursing Students (2017-2018): Cheslea Monteverde is secretary and Ara Kim is membership/nominations director. Read their bios on the NJNS website

Gabriela Fernandes and Manouckha Jean, students in the pediatric nurse practitioner DNP program, have been accepted into the 2017-2018 NJ LEND cohort. New Jersey’s LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) was established in 2016 at the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It provides graduate-level interdisciplinary training preparing health professions students to address needs of young people with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities, along with a $9,000 stipend. Sallie Porter, assistant professor, is a leader in the planning and implementation of the program where she teaches sessions on social determinants of health and  pediatric health care. This year's  NJ LEND  kicks off on August 24.

Dominique Flores, BS in Nursing student, received a $3,000 renewal scholarship from Fresenius Medical Care. The scholarship, granted to children and grandchildren of Fresenius employees who are majoring in health care or STEM disciplines, recognizes academic achievement and community involvement. An active student leader, Flores serves as vice president and secretary for the Class of 2019 council, and academic affairs chair for the Rutgers SON Student Senate, among other leadership posts.

New National HIV Training Curricula Available
The AETC National Coordinating Resource Center (AETC-NCRC), housed at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center within the Rutgers School of Nursing, has published two new national HIV training curricula: the AETC National HIV Curriculum and HIV/HCV Co-infection: An AETC National Curriculum. Developed with support from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau, these new online tools are structured around core competencies as identified by national HIV experts. They provide free, evidence-based training for health care professionals and educators, to increase their knowledge about HIV infection and HIV/HCV co-infection, including prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. The AETC National HIV Curriculum offers free CME/CEU training and is appropriate for clinicians of all levels – from novice to expert – as well as health professions faculty and students. The HIV/HCV Co-infection Curriculum aims to educate health care providers and trainers of health care providers about HIV/HCV, particularly among people of color. For more information, email

Publications—Faculty and Staff

Budin, W. (2017). Building confidence. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 26(3), 107-109. DOI:

Budin, W. (2017). Time to cut the cord. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 26(2), 59-61. DOI:

D’Alonzo, K.T., Smith, B.A., & Dicker, L.H. (2017). Outcomes of a culturally tailored partially randomized patient preference controlled trial to increase physical activity among low-income immigrant Latinas. Journal of Transcultural Nursing., 10.1177/1043659617723073

Mauro, A.M., Tracey, D., & Manchester, J. (2017). Building a culture of teaching excellence: Evaluation of a new center for educational research and innovation. Nursing Research, 66(2), E48. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000214

Mayberry, L., Avery, M., Budin, W., Perry, S. (2017). Improving maternal and infant outcomes by promoting normal physiologic birth on hospital birthing units. Nursing Outlook, 65(2), 240-241. DOI:

Norberg, A., Nelson, J., Holly, C., Jewell, S., Salmond, S. (in press).  Experiences of HIV infected adults and health care providers with health care delivery practices influencing engagement in primary health care settings: a qualitative systematic review. The Joanna Briggs Institute of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports.

Porter, S., Qureshi, R., Chase, S., Allread, V., and Salmond S. (2017). Addressing the effects of psychological trauma in a community using a social determinants of health approach: A case study. Produced for the Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research & Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. More information.

Publications—Students and Alumni

Ames, M., Salmond, E., Holly, C., & Kamienski, M. (2017). Strategies that reduce compassion fatigue and increase compassion satisfaction in nurses: A systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 15(7): 1800-1804.

Karasin, B. & Karasin, M. (in press). Epilepsy: Clinical review and surgical options. AORN Journal.

Ruffin, L. (2017). Health coaching strategy to improve glycemic control in African-American Adults with type 2 diabetes: An integrative review. Journal of the NBNA, 28(1), 54-59.

Salmond, E., Ames, M., Holly, C., and Kamienski, M. 2017. The experience of compassion fatigue in direct care nurses: A qualitative systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 15(7): 1805-1811.



Were you at STTI Dublin? Did you have a presentation or poster at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress in Dublin? Please submit your citation by September 15, 2017 for inclusion in next month’s listing.

Nursing Represented at Alternative Medicine Conference -Thailand

William Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor, presented a keynote speech, Exploring Conflicting Nature of Evidence Guiding Integrative Therapeutics: Implications for Enhancing Elders’ Quality of Life, at the 1st International Conference on Complementary and Traditional Medicine, College of Allied Health Sciences, held August 11, 2017 at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand. The theme of the conference, which also included presenters from China, Japan, and Bhutan, was “Healthy Aging: Complementary Medicine Therapy and Traditional Medicine Modalities for Quality of Life in Older Adults.”

Presentations—Faculty and Staff

Benenson, I., Jadotte, Y. T., & Echevarria, M. (2017, October). Factors influencing utilization of hospital services by adult sickle cell disease patients. Oral presentation at the 45th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Budin, W. (2017, June). Addressing workplace incivility: Personal & professional consequences. Invited podium presentation at the 15th Annual Organization of Nurse Leaders – New Jersey (ONL NJ) Research Day: Nurse Leaders Shape Healthy Practice Environments across Multi-Generations, Princeton, NJ.

Caplan, S. (2017, July). Presentations at the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) 42nd Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ:
Interprofessional development of a self-guided app for depression. Podium presentation.
A novel method of measuring stigma about depression. Poster presentation.
Barriers to treatment engagement for opioid abuse and mental illness among Latino/as. Invited pre-conference workshop presentation, sponsored by SAMHSA.

Crystal, S., Hermida, R., Bilder, S., & Jarrín, O. (2017, August). Changing patterns of antipsychotic and sedative-hypnotic use in US nursing homes: Is there a substitution effect?” Presented at the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, Montreal, Canada. 

d​e Cordova, P. B., McHugh, M., & Riman, K. A. (2017, June). The Effects of public reporting of staffing legislation in New Jersey: A Trend analysis. Poster presented at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Jadotte, Y.T. (2017, July). Zika: Updates on reporting, diagnosis and management.  Presented at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds, Roy Lester Schneider Regional Hospital, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Jadotte, Y.T. (2017, July). Zika vs. Dengue and Chikungunya: An Overview. Presented to the Sunrise Rotary Club, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Mauro, A.M.P. (2017, March). Innovative use of simulation to redesign the baccalaureate curriculum to address population health. [Innovations in Population Health Panelist]. New Jersey Nursing Initiatives 7th Annual Meeting, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.

Mauro, A.M.P. (2017, April). Advancing nursing excellence through scholarship, leadership, and service: Lessons learned. Keynote presented to Seton Hall College of Nursing’s Gamma Nu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Grand Summit Hotel, Summit, NJ.

Mauro, A.M.P. (2017, April). Paper Session C4: Nursing education: Faculty and student issues [Moderator]. 29th Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society Scientific Sessions, April 5-7, 2017, Philadelphia, PA.

Mauro, A.M.P., Tracey, D. L., LoGrippo, M.T., Anderson, S., Bravo, A., Byrne, C., Geissler, B., & Escallier, L.A. (2017, February). Innovative use of simulation to redesign the baccalaureate curriculum to address population health. Podium Presentation to the New Jersey Nursing Initiatives Grantee Technical Workshop – Cohort Two, New Jersey Hospital Association, Princeton, NJ.

Mauro, A.M., Tracey, D., & Manchester, J. (2017, April). Building a culture of teaching excellence: Evaluation of a new center for educational research and innovation.  Poster presented at the 29th Annual Eastern Nursing Research Society Scientific Sessions, April 5-7, 2017, Philadelphia, PA.

Niles, P., Ojemeni, M.T., Budin, W.C., & Squires, A.P.  (2017, April). Building midwifery practice to improve mentoring: Lessons from Tanzania. Presented at Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science: Catalyzing Nursing Education and Scholarship for Global Health, Miami, FL

Presentations—Faculty and Staff

Heagele, T. N. (2017, August). Why are you in my ER? An analysis of the vulnerability of the elderly and the medically frail in disaster. Lecture presented to the TOMODACHI Johnson & Johnson Disaster Nursing Training Program, U.S. Study Tour, Rutgers School of Nursing, New Brunswick, NJ.

Ruffin, L. (2017, July). National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) 45th Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV:
Innovation in smoking cessation: NBNA recognizing nicotine dependence and tobacco use disorders as a chronic disease. Presented at the President’s Institute.
The Nurse’s roles in addressing nicotine dependence as a chronic disease. Presented at the Nursing Practice Workshop.

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