Record-Breaking Nursing School Graduating Class Reflects Region’s Diversity

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The January 2011 graduating class of the Trinitas School of Nursing

ELIZABETH — With 89 members, the January 2011 graduating class of the Trinitas School of Nursing set a record as the largest in the school’s 120-year history at the convocation exercises held recently at Union County College.

There are 12 male nurses in the culturally diverse class that boasts 67 graduates from New Jersey, 21 from New York, and one from Pennsylvania.  The class is the latest to complete the nursing/Associate Degree program offered at the school which is recognized as a National League for Nursing Center of Nursing Excellence for its commitment to nursing education excellence among its faculty and student body. With 2,000 students, the Trinitas School of Nursing is the third largest nursing school in the United States, according to Modern Healthcare Magazine.

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Those who received nursing pins and degrees in January 2010 hail from communities throughout northern and central New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, including:  Belleville, Colonia, Cranford, Edison, Elizabeth, Fords, Hazlet, Hillside, Howell, Irvington, Iselin, Jersey City, Lake Hopatcong, Linden, Manahawkin, Matawan, Newark, Old Bridge, Orange, Plainfield, Rahway, Ridgewood, Roselle, Roselle Park, Sayreville, Scotch Plains, Secaucus, Springfield, and Union; Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island, New York , and Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.

As a Cooperative Nursing Program with Union County College, Trinitas School of Nursing confers a Diploma in Nursing from Trinitas and an Associate in Science degree from the College. Based at Union County College’s Elizabeth I. Kellogg Building in Elizabeth, the School provides challenging opportunities for student nurses to develop superior patient care skills.

High and mid-fidelity patient simulators give nursing students real-life patient care experiences that they will encounter in the care setting by supplementing textbook learning and interactions with faculty to provide the best current knowledge available within the nursing profession.  In seven “smart” classrooms, wireless internet and computerized projection capabilities provide 21st century technology while a separate computer lab has 29 computer stations.

The school takes pride in one of the highest pass rates for registered nurse licensure among its students who take the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX).  Since 1990, 97 percent of the school’s graduates have passed the NCLEX exam on first writing.

(Photo courtesy of Trinitas)


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