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Jefferson School of Nursing alums make good showing at national conference


Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson School of Nursing in Philadelphia had its largest representation yet at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Annual Educational Conference, Oct. 17-20 in Palm Springs, Calif. In addition to a number of Jefferson attendees at the conference, alumni, faculty and preceptors made presentations, according to a news release.

Among those making poster presentations were alumni of the neonatal MSN program. Thalia Cordaro, RN, MSN, NNP-BC, presented “Hypothermia and Occlusive Skin Wrap in the Low Birth Weight Premature Infant: An Evidentiary Review;” Lisa Jasin, RN, MSN, NNP-BC, presented “In Utero Substance Exposure: What’s a Neonatal Nurse to Do?”; and Ruth Snyder, RN, MSN, NNP-BC, presented “Evidence Based Development and Implementation of a Clinical Guideline for Enteral Nutrition in the Very Low Birth Weight Infant.”

“I was so proud to see our alumni presenting at the National Association of Neonatal Nursing Conference,” Ksenia Zukowsky, RN, PhD, CRNP, APRN, NNP-BC, associate dean of graduate programs, said in the release. “Having JSN so well-represented was just terrific. Furthermore, being able to present a poster with a valued preceptor was wonderful and representative of the ultimate preceptor/faculty relationship.”

Zukowsky was referring to her collaboration with Karen McDonald, RN, DNP, NNP-BC, a preceptor at JSN, on the poster presentation of “So I’ve Finished My Graduate Degree, Now What?” This presentation covered topics ranging from writing a professional curriculum vitae to compiling a professional portfolio.

Ann Phalen, RN, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, associate dean of undergraduate programs, also presented at the conference.

“Seeing the students take the next step in their professional development is rewarding,” Phalen said in the release. “I know our message on lifelong learning and continual professional development got through and it makes me proud to see how the students have grown. They are excellent examples of what Jefferson wants to see in their alumni.”


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