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Three TSON faculty members receive DNP

Professor Illya DeVera-Bonilla, Professor Ana-Paula Grillo-Dias and Professor Marie O’Donnell received their DNP from Fairleigh Dickenson University on Tuesday May 14, 2024. Dean Santee attended the event to honor our faculty.

Three TSON faculty members receive DNP

Nurse Educator of the Year

Dr. Janine Graf-Kirk has been chosen as Nurse Educator of the Year by the RWJBH/TRMC Nurses Week Committee for 2023.

She was honored on May 9th at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. This was a well-deserved honor for a professor who has dedicated her career to educating our nurses.

Nurse Educator of the Year

Dr. Richard F. and Barbara Neblett Prize for Teaching Excellence Winner – Dr. Zimmerman

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Zimmerman for having been selected by the Union College Foundation to receive the Dr. Richard F. and Barbara Neblett Prize for Teaching Excellence for her commitment and dedication to our students.

This is the first time that Union College has recognized a faculty of a Union College Collaborative Nursing program for Teaching Excellence!! She will be among those honored at the UCNJ Awards Night in May.

Dr. Zimmerman is pictured below on the left showcasing her participation as Faculty in Summer Nurse Camp.

Dean Roseminda Santee was appointed to the NLN Certification Commission for three (3) years. The CNE Commission is responsible for overseeing all aspects of CNE certification.

“Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a certified nurse educator, you serve as a leader and a role model. Certification is the mark of distinction for nursing faculty”. Certification Division, National League for Nursing, www.nln.org

Organization of Associate Degree Nursing Conference – November, 2023 “Posters on the Promenade”

TSON faculty, Dr. Dawn Zimmerman, Dr. Illya Devera-Bonilla, and Dr. Constance Kozachek showcase their student retention and learning initiatives at the conference:

  • A Win-Win Situation: Scenario-Based Simulation Skill Training to Develop Nursing Student's Clinical Judgement and Improve Outcomes
  • Success Through Effort Planning and Support (STEPS)
  • “Jump Starting” Student Nurses into Freshman Clinical Course

TSON faculty, Dr. Dawn Zimmerman, Dr. Illya Devera-Bonilla, and Dr. Constance Kozachek showcase their student retention and learning initiatives at the conference

Congratulations to our Accomplished Faculty! – October 2023

Professors Grillo-Dias, Devera-Bonilla, and O’Donnell have successfully completed their studies and earned their Doctor of Nursing Practice from Fairleigh Dickinson University on September 28th 2023.

Professors Grillo-Dias, Devera-Bonilla, and O’Donnell

Faculty Daisy Award Recipient – Congratulations to Katherine Mojica – October 2023

DAISY Award - Katherine Mojica

Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) Conference (Philadelphia) – April 2023

Podium Presentation by Dr. Constance Kozachek, PhD.

Disseminating her research: “Sexual and Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention Behaviors among Middle Eastern College Women in the United States.”

Dr. Constance Kozachek, PhD giving a presentation

Sigma Theta Tau International Conference (Austin) February 2023

Podium Presentation by Dr. Constance Kozachek, PhD.

Disseminating her research: “Factors that Influence Smoking among Middle Eastern College Women in the United States.”

Dr. Constance Kozachek, PhD giving a presentation

Faculty Daisy Award Recipient – Congratulations to Maryse Annulysse – October 2022

Congratulations to Maryse Annulysse, Daisy Award Winner

New Jersey League for Nursing Convention – March 30, 2022

Faculty from TSON showcase their innovative work at The New Jersey League for Nursing Convention, poster exhibit. “Nursing Program Outcomes: Developing a Policy and Procedure for Evidence-based Data Collection and Analysis”

Educational Effectiveness Team Collaboration – Dr. Janine Graf-Kirk, Professor Ana-Paula Grillo-Dias, Professor John Lanier, and Professor Laura Moskaluk

Professor Lanier, Professor Ana-Paula Grillo-Dias, Dr. Janine Graf-Kirk, Dr. Santee, and Dr. Kozachek.

The PhD Journey… a Decade of Work – October 2021

Doctoral Hooding of Dr. Constance Kozachek, PhD by Dr. Rula Btoush
Rutgers University, October 24, 2021.

Dean Flynn Congratulates Dr. Kozachek, PhD at Doctoral Hooding,
Rutgers University, October 24, 2021

TSON First Faculty Daisy Award Recipient – Congratulations to Joan Pierre – September 2021

Congratulations to Ana Paula Grillo-Dias for Receiving the 2021 Trinitas Regional Medical Center Nurse of the Year Award in the category of “Excel” – May 2021

Paula exemplifies the role of faculty as both educator and clinical practitioner.

She is a member the NURE 131 faculty, and she also assists in NURE 232 (seniors). During the height of the pandemic, Paula worked as staff RN in the TRMC ICU, providing direct care to patients. She was a panel presenter at the recent virtual 2021 NJLN Convention discussing the perspective of an educator/clinician taking care of COVID-19 patients.

We are proud of Ana Paula Grillo-Dias for having been selected by a group of TRMC nurse peers to receive this Nurse of the Year award.

Congratulations!

Pictured: Dr. Santee, Ana Paula Grillo-Dias, and Dr. McTigue
Pictured: Ana Paula Grillo-Dias, Dr. Clyne
Date: May, 2021

Associate Dean Constance Kozachek Doctoral Dissertation Defense – November 2020