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Thomas Edison State College nursing students receive scholarships

Tuesday October 8, 2013
At a reception celebrating the opening of Thomas Edison State College’s new nursing simulation laboratory in August are (front row from left to right) Patricia Watts Mitchell and Peg Forrestel of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and (second row from left to right) Lauren Apgar, Dennis Malamut, Monica Shah, Aidel Ozur and Stephen Fox.
At a reception celebrating the opening of Thomas Edison State College’s new nursing simulation laboratory in August are (front row from left to right) Patricia Watts Mitchell and Peg Forrestel of Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and (second row from left to right) Lauren Apgar, Dennis Malamut, Monica Shah, Aidel Ozur and Stephen Fox.
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Edison State College)
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Five students in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing’s Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J., received scholarships made possible with support from Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., of Titusville, N.J.

“The scholarship is a huge help to me,” student Stephen R. Fox said in a news release. “I’m a divorced father of two small boys and pay most of my tuition and program costs out of pocket. With the scholarship, I can certainly focus more on my education and care for my boys.”

Other scholarship recipients were Lauren Apgar, Dennis Malamut, Aidel Ozur and Monica Shah. The Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program is an intensive, one-year program.

In addition to scholarship support, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. provided funding for one of the three high-fidelity simulators that serve as the technological centerpieces of the program. The simulators train students in a controlled clinical environment and are programmed to replicate healthcare emergencies and medical conditions, including physiological and verbal responses to care administered by the students.

Outside of the simulation lab, Capital Health’s facilities in Trenton provide the on-ground, clinical experience of the students’ education.

“The single greatest attribute I will take away from my clinical experiences at Capital Health is confidence,” Fox said in the release. “The time spent on an active hospital floor treating patients together with my online coursework, lectures and simulation lab experience gives me the assurance that I chose the right profession.”