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AORN NYC awards scholarships to students with OR nursing goals


Five students, including four from Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, were each awarded $1,000 toward their education by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, New York City Chapter 3304.

The PBISN recipients — Suzanne Bile, Sarah Christian, Elena Tobin and Tania Turcinovic, along with New York University’s Evgeniya Muzhetskaya — have expressed interest in pursuing a career in OR nursing, according to Gertrude Dittiger, RN, BA, CNOR, the past president of AORN NYC, who initiated the scholarships in 2011. Dittiger, a PBISN graduate, continues to serve on the school’s board of directors and scholarship committee.

Dittiger, who has worked as a med/surg and perioperative nurse since her graduation from PBISN in 1992, is a volunteer OR nurse with two surgical mission groups that perform cleft palate, lip surgery and other operations on children in Ecuador and China.

AORN NYC President Kara Gasiorowski, RN, MSN, CNOR, ONC, said in a news release that she hopes to continue to make scholarships available to deserving students who want to become OR nurses.

“We greatly appreciate the support AORN NYC has generously provided our students,” Janet Mackin, EdD, dean of PBISN, said in the release.

AORN has helped PBISN develop the curriculum for a 10-week course on perioperative nursing that is offered to new graduates and nurses in non-OR positions.

“This course affords new graduates and nurses in non-OR positions an opportunity to gain fundamental skills necessary to function in entry-level perioperative nursing positions,” Mackin said in the release.


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