Rahway Woman Named Honorary Sorority Member

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RAHWAY — Noted authors, scholars and entrepreneurs Dr. Gloria Boseman of Orange and Dr Yvonne Wesley of Rahway were inducted as Honorary Members by the 61st Boule of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. on Friday, July 16.

Because of their commitment to nursing and service to humanity, this international organization with more than 8,000 members honored Boseman and Wesley. Sponsored by the Tau Chi Chapter, Boseman and Wesley’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of nursing were approved for Honorary membership by the sorority’s National Board of Directors.


Tau Chi Chapter President Mary Grace Aladeselu expressed the chapter’s pride in nominating Boseman and Wesley for this international honor. “This was the first time Tau Chi Chapter has submitted names, as there are less than 100 Honorary Members in the organization” according to Aladeselu.

Dr. Gloria Boseman PhD, RN, Professor at New Jersey City University has been a faculty member at NJCU for more than 30 years. She is a BSN graduate of Howard University, Washington, D.C.; a graduate of the University of Maryland (Baltimore) where she received her MS degree. Dr. Boseman also completed postgraduate courses in Administration in Higher Education at Seton Hall University (NJ) and she received her PhD in Nursing Research from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Outside the college community, Dr. Boseman serves an even larger population. Her experience in delivering care to the underserved and underrepresented urban communities is a matter of mission. Her mission is to educate health care professionals to see urban clients where they are and for whom they are. As a component of that mission, she seeks to empower the residents of these urban communities by enriching their mind, body, and spirit.

Dr. Boseman sits on many advisory boards, including a recent appointment to the Board of Essex Valley Health Care East Orange General Hospital. She is a frequently requested speaker for various local, state, and national organizations and she is known for her ability to deliver complex material in a basic and informative manner. She has a special interest in accepting the challenge of addressing the difficult dialogs of race, culture, and gender.

Dr. Yvonne Wesley RN PhD FAAN is passionate about the community’s well-being. She believes in dedicating her time to improving lives and uses every opportunity to promote wellness from an executive perspective. A leader for many years, she recognized her calling to help people at an early age. Dr. Wesley earned her Ph.D. in Nursing from New York University where her focus was Research and Theory Development.

With her Masters Degree in Nursing from Rutgers University, she specialized in maternal/child health. Currently, she is an Independent Health Consultant, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at New York University, and Kean University. Prior positions include: Vice President of Community Relations at Meridian Health, Vice President of Research and Development at the Northern NJ Maternal-Child Health Consortium, and Director of Nursing at Newark Community Health Center.

Her work in developing community-based projects exemplifies a mix of nursing research principles and clinical practice. She has received significant funding for community-based projects and she designed, directs and evaluates her Leadership Institute for Black Nurses at NYU’s College of Nursing. The Institute is known for its health disparity projects, and Fellows of the Institute describe it as transformational.

A specialist in maternal-child and HIV nursing care, Dr. Wesley has contributed her knowledge and expertise to numerous articles published in respected peer-reviewed journals. She has lectured at numerous professional conferences. As a result of her high academic achievement, she has been inducted into two International Honor Societies; Kappa Delta Pi, and Sigma Theta Tau. In recognition of her collective accomplishments and contributions to health care, Dr Wesley was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2004 and honored by the New Jersey League for Nursing in 2007. She was also honored as Distinguished Alumni by Kean University in 2008 and awarded the Outstanding Service Certificate by NYU College of Nursing in 2009 when her book “Black Women’s Health: Challenges and Opportunities” by Nova Science Publisher’s was released.

Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. is a professional association for registered professional nurses and student nurses representing many cultures and diverse ethnic backgrounds. There are more than 80 graduate chapters and 39 undergraduate chapters located in 26 states, District of Columbia, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, and Monrovia Liberia, West Africa.

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