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New Jersey nurses celebrate career achievements


Senior nursing student, Seton Hall University College of Nursing, South Orange, N.J.

Bello, RN, was selected as one of three health career scholarship recipients by the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey.

HRET, an educational affiliate of the New Jersey Hospital Association, awards scholarships to applicants enrolled in accredited undergraduate or graduate health career programs who maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or better, and demonstrate financial need.

Bello said the scholarship is of utmost importance to students such as her.

“Through this funding, I’m able to concentrate more on my studies, and forget about the burden of financial aid,” Bello said in a news release. “Without these scholarships, I wouldn’t be able to continue my education at Seton Hall.”

Also an Enright scholarship recipient for her health-related academic achievements, Bello said her parents are her biggest inspiration.

“We didn’t have much of anything growing up,” Bello said in the release. “Coming from nothing and seeing my parents work so hard motivated me to do something that will also give back.”

The first person in her family to attend college, Bello already has earned her RN licensure and works for a plastic surgeon.

Bello said her dream job is to work for Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in her hometown of Paterson, N.J.

“Hospitals offer so much to the community,” Bello said in the release. “Knowing that I could contribute to that community would be a dream come true.”

Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, N.J.: Darilyn Paul, RN, MS, CCRN, APN-C, ACNS-BC, quality, clinical nurse specialist for critical care and chief practice officer at Somerset has been acknowledged by the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Institute for Quality, Patient Safety and Clinical Affairs as a member participant of the committtee in the development of the toolkit for end-of-life care.

Titled the “Comfort and Compassion at the End of Life: A Palliative Care Tool Kit for Clinicians,” it is available at

Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, N.J.: Among the nurses who have been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society of nursing, are Linda Lopazanski, RN, BSN, nurse manager, ICU/CCU; Debbie Stephano, RN, BSN, nurse manager, endoscopy/PACU; Sherly Castro, RN, MSN, staff nurse, ICU; Jane Ramos, RN, MSN, staff nurse, telemetry; and Jackie Barber, RN, BSN, staff nurse, ED.

Saint Clare’s Health System, Denville, N.J.: Minor procedure/endoscopy staff nurses Valerie Chadwick, RN; Kathleen Juleus, RN, BSN; and Mildred Tittamin, RN, recently passed the gastroenterology nurse certification exam. CCU staff nurses Mary Pawar, RN; Nelly Cali, RN; and Anna Krzysik, RN, achieved CCRN certification.

CNO Debbie Regen, RN, BSN, MS, had the article “Responding to Health Care Reform by Addressing the Institute of Medicine Report on the Future of Nursing” published in the Journal of Nursing Administration’s October -December 2012 issue. Jennifer Waters, RN, MSN, who serves as maternal-child, director of nursing, has passed the nurse executive certification exam.

Hackettstown (N.J.) Regional Medical Center: Mary Ann Anderson, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, recently was named CNO at Hackettstown. Anderson previously served as vice president for patient care and CNO at Nyack (N.Y.) Hospital. Among her most recent positions include serving as director of nursing, informatics and quality at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City.

Anderson is pursuing her DNP at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, N.J. “I’m very pleased to be part of the HRMC family,” Anderson said in a news release.

William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J.: DNP students gathered Dec. 12 for their pre-proposal presentations. All doctoral students are post-master’s degree NPs or administrators achieving their terminal practice degree in nursing. Dissertation topics included evaluation of a program to reduce hospital recidivism in heart failure patients, assessing the cost benefit ratio of a dedicated nurses’ IV team and discovering whether text messaging works to increase childhood influenza vaccination rates.

The pre-proposal hearing was the first step in welcoming the doctoral students into an academic discourse with other graduate students and faculty at WPU. The DNP is William Paterson’s first doctoral program.



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