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Dr. Sharon Byrne to Speak at Nursing Leadership Symposium

byrneDr. Sharon Byrne’s abstract presentation, titled “Academic and Non Profit Clinic Partnership: Improving Global Health Outcomes and Education in Haiti” at Vanderbilt University’s Nursing Leadership in Global Health Symposium, was competitively reviewed and has been accepted for presentation in Nashville, Tennessee on February 27 and 28, 2014.


Nursing Students to Volunteer in Africa

Nursing juniors Falguni Patel and Molly Schulenburg will be medical volunteers in Tanzania in East Africa for two weeks in December, 2013.  Their trip is sponsored by International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ), an organization that provides volunteer opportunities in developing countries.  Ms. Patel and Ms. Schulenburg will be providing basic TANZANIApatient care in a medical clinic or hospital in and around the city of Arusha.  They will also observe surgeries and other medical procedures during their experience.   Ms. Patel shared her motivation and excitement for her upcoming trip. “No words can describe the enthusiasm and passion I feel, knowing that I will be participating in the effort to better the world.  Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of traveling to Africa and helping those individuals who were less fortunate than I am.  Being a TCNJ Nursing major and public health minor motivated me to make this dream a reality.”


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 Falguni Patel                     Molly Schulenburg


Dr. Connie Kartoz – Upcoming Publication and Presentation

kartozAssistant Professor Dr. Connie Kartoz and Shannon Brown, MSN graduate, class of 2013 co-authored “Tyrer-Cuzick Model for Breast Cancer Risk Assessment in Primary Care”, which has been accepted for publication in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing (Publication date is pending.)  The article is based on Ms. Brown’s graduate capstone project.  

Dr. Kartoz also will be doing a poster presentation titled “The Relationship Between Intergenerational Solidarity and Medication Adherence in Community Dwelling Elders” at the Gerontological Society of America meeting in New Orleans on November 20.


 Nursing Students Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House

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Six Nursing students (3 freshman and 3 seniors) volunteered to serve breakfast for children and their families at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey (SNJ) in Camden, NJ on Sunday, October 12, 2013.  The service trip was organized through the TCNJ Student Nurses Association (SNA). 

Participating students included Erin O’Connor, Kristen Jamanow,  Andrea Noel, Megan Phillips, Colleen Rindt, and Kim Thompson.

Students were also impressed to learn that families from around the world have stayed at the Ronald McDonald of SNJ.  Since 1983, Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey has served as a “home-away-from-home,” for over 17,000 families with children being treated at nearby hospitals for critical illness or traumatic injuries.  Although most families come from the Southern New Jersey/Greater Philadelphia region, the house has served families form as far as 40 other states and 28 foreign countries.

Student volunteers purchased the food for breakfast, with helpful donations gathered from the local Shop Rite and Phillips Farm.  They then cooked and served a bountiful breakfast of pancakes, french toast, bacon, and eggs for about 40 people.  Senior Nursing major and SNA Treasurer Kristen Jamanow commented, “The families that live there were very grateful for all the food.  It was great experience to help out families so dedicated to their children being treated at local hospitals such as CHOP, Cooper, and Shriners.”   

For more information about SNA, visit  Information about Ronald McDonald House of SNJ may be found at


New TCNJ RN to BSN Degree Program at Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Sharen Clugston, Assistant Director of Off-campus RN Programs is pictured with students enrolled in the new RN to BSN Program St. Peter’s University Hospital (SPUH) in New Brunswick, NJ.

Since the fall semester of 2012, TCNJ has provided classes in the RN to BSN program at SPUH. The first class of 18 students has now matriculated and a second class of 18 will soon follow.  The classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to accommodate full time and part time nursing staff schedules.

This collaborative program was established in response to SPUH mandating that all of their nurses obtain their BSN.  This decision was is in direct response to the IOM Report – The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which recommended that 80 % of all nurses should have earned their baccalaureate degree by 2020.  Since a more educated nursing workforce is associated with better patient outcomes, the BSN is seen as necessary for RN nurses to attain the requisite competencies for delivering high-quality care to increasingly complex patient needs.

For more information, please contact Sharen Clugston at



Student Nurses Association Sponsors Kaplan School Success Seminar

The Student Nurses Association (SNA) hosted a Kaplan School Success Seminar on Wednesday, October 16th from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Room 019 of Loser Hall. Nursing students attended this annual educational program.  Topics included strategies and techniques for maximizing academic performance, with emphasis on effective study skills and note taking, time management, critical thinking, and test taking.