ELIZABETH — The May graduates of the Trinitas School of Nursing were awarded their diplomas and their associate degrees at a ceremony held recently at the main campus of Union County College. In the culturally diverse class of 63 graduates, 57 hail from Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris and Union counties in New Jersey and six from New York.
The class, which includes 10 men, is the latest to complete the nursing/associate degree program offered at the school which is recognized as one of the largest nursing schools in the nation. This class joins a cadre of students who, for more than 20 years, have achieved an average passing rate of 96.5% on their first taking of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
The following new nurses have received their diplomas through the program: Belleville resident Cecilia Colón; Bloomfield resident Rahel W. Zemicael; Boonton resident Jose Crespo; Bronx, NY resident Rita Okpalanma; Clark residents, Patricia Alice Radwan and Jacquelyn Umali; Colonia resident Caitlin Sweeney; Cranford resident Rebecca Flanagan; East Orange resident Jessica Gonzalez; Edison resident Natalee Nicole Nelson; Elizabeth residents, Kajal Gandhi, Mukta Gautam Dhakal, Rachel Gomez, Frantz Martial, Kyoung Moon, John Nivar, Maria Paz, Daiane Resende, Aurora B. Ruizcalderon, Andrea Tinoco, and Luisa Tinoco; Fanwood resident Linda Henderson; Fords resident Nicholas G. Mwangi; Guttenberg resident Diana L. Cuervo; Hillside residents, Karima Lee and Magelende S. Paviera; Holmdel resident Anna Zeldin;
Hopelawn resident Staci Marie Wandling; Kenilworth resident Marta Krajewska; Leonia resident Min Ju; Linden residents, Anna Dragan, Margaret W. Gichuki, Anna Kobylarz, and William D. Lopez-Baylon; Long Valley resident Gerard Muench; Metuchen residents, Marissde Aquino and Adrian Ramos; Mountainside resident Alicia Gunther; Newark residents, Jennifer Cruz and Clara Andreia Lima Maciel; New York, NY resident Brigitte P. Nkounkou; North Woodmere, NY resident Jessica C. Staco; Perth Amboy resident Mariya Vysotskyy; Plainfield resident Armand Nguetsop; Queens, NY resident Shermaine Solomon; Rahway residents, Lorena Daniela Etienne and Erika Y. Mejia; Roselle resident Ruthson Noel;
Roselle Park resident Rena Marie Evans; Scotch Plains resident Sharon N. Tagoe; Springfield resident Yuliya Markiv; Staten Island, NY residents, Joanna Abella and Vanessa Acosta, and Union residents, Jessica Ann Alberto, Betania P. Dias, Wandy Espinal, Cassandra Fertig, Jennifer Hubbard, Joan Magtoto Intal, Lisa K. Jamurath, Monica Kowalczyk, Lovegem Dizon Santillan, and Mayra Via.
The following graduates received Nursing Honors: Cecilia Colón; Jennifer Cruz; Diana L. Cuervo; Lorena Daniela Etienne; Rena Marie Evans; Mukta Gautam Dhakal; Margaret W. Gichuki; Jessica Gonzalez; Anna Kobylarz; Monica Kowalczyk; Karima Lee; Yuliya Markiv; Erika Y. Mejia; Patricia Alice Radwan; Adrian Ramos; Daiane Resende; Lovegem Dizon Santillan; Jessica C. Staco; Luisa Tinoco; Mayra Via; Mariya Vysotskyy, and Rahel W. Zemicael.
The following awards were also presented at the graduation ceremony: First Scholarship Award, Jessica Gonzalez; Second Scholarship Award, Jessica C. Staco; Third Scholarship Award, Patricia Alive Radwan; Auxiliary Award, Gerard Muench; 2013 Nursing Service Professional Transformation Award, Diana L. Cuervo; Lily Bierstein Memorial Award, Rebecca Flanagan; Gerontological Nursing Award, Jennifer Cruz; Alumni Association Award, Lovegem Dizon Santillan; Curtis Crumbley Memorial Award, Jose Crespo, and Naeisha Massenburg Memorial Award, Mukta Dhakal Gautam.
The National League for Nursing (NLN) Accrediting Commission, Inc. recently granted the Trinitas School of Nursing full continuing accreditation through Fall 2020. The NLN’s Board of Commissioners identified the following strengths as pivotal to their decision to grant the extended accreditation through the rest of this decade: NLN’s support of the School’s designation as an NLN Center of Excellence; the length of employment of the faculty, all of whom hold certification as Certified Nurse Educators (CNE); the School’s fostering of excellence among students with English as a second language through its support and Externship programs; the School’s nurturing environment for student support that encourages success among the entire student body, and the excellent relationships among the Trinitas Regional Medical Center nursing staff, clinical unit managers, faculty and students.
In addition, the Trinitas School of Nursing recently received a renewal of its designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for its commitment to nursing education excellence among its faculty and student body from the National League for Nursing. The certification initially received for the years 2008 – 2011 has been extended to span 2011 – 2015.
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