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Institute for Nursing Honors Thirteen Nurses for Advancing Health Care in New Jersey

The Institute for Nursing, the Foundation of the NJ State Nurses Association, will honor the unique contributions of thirteen New Jersey nurses who have made an extraordinary impact on the profession and the community. The 2016 Divas and Dons in Nursing celebration will take place on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at Hyatt Regency Princeton Hotel in Princeton, NJ.

Through its annual Divas and Dons in Nursing celebration, the Institute for Nursing calls attention to the outstanding achievements of accomplished New Jersey nurses. Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships for nursing students, and nurses who are advancing their education. The Institute also provides quality continuing education programs, and grants for nurses involved in research.

“The mission of the Institute for Nursing is to preserve the heritage, principles, values and practices of our health profession through the support of scholarships, education and research,” said Ben Evans, DD, DNP, RN, APN, Chair of the Institute for Nursing, “Our current goals include raising money to expand our scholarship and research programs. We want to bring more nurses into our profession, and develop educational programs to keep nurses current on the major advances in health care. This effort is vital to improving the quality of health care in New Jersey.”

The 2016 Divas of Nursing are:

Jan Bednar, BSN, MS, RN, CEN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Saint Clare’s Health

Sharon Byrne, DrNP, APN, NP-C, AOCNP, CNE
Nurse Educator, The College of New Jersey

Nancy Jaskowak Cresse, DNP, RN, APRN-BC
Philanthropist and Faculty Member,  Rutgers University School of Nursing – Camden

Claudia Douglas, DNP
Administrative Director, Institute for Evidenced Based Practice
and Nursing Research, Hackensack Meridian Health

Margaret Drozd, MSN, RN, APRN-BC
Director, Community Mobile Health Services, Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Mary Fortier, EdD, RN, CNL
Associate Professor, New Jersey City University

Ann Logan, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Operating Officer, CarePoint Health – Hoboken University Medical Center

Judith Lucas, EdD, APRN, BC
Associate Professor, Nursing Faculty, Seton Hall University

Brenda Marshall, EdD, APN, PMHNP-BC
Associate Professor, Nursing, William Paterson University

Teresita Medina, MAS, BSN, RN-BN
Chief Nursing Officer, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, RWJBarnabas Health

Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munoz; RN
NJ Assembly, District 21

Kristina Rioux, MSN, RN-BC, CEN
Education Specialist, Critical Care Education Team, Hackensack Meridian Health

Madelyn Yu, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager, RWJBarnabas Health System

You are cordially invited to attend the Gala honoring nursing’s 2016 Divas and Dons Celebration on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Hyatt Regency Princeton Hotel, 102 Carnegie, Princeton, New Jersey. Reception starts at 6:00 and Dinner at 7:00. Tickets are $150 per person or $1450 for a table of ten. ($50 of the ticket cost is a tax-deductible donation to the Institute for Nursing and $500 of the table cost is a tax-deductible donation to the Institute for Nursing.)

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available as well. For more information contact Debra Harwell at 609-883-5335 ext. 119 or by email at deb@njsna.org or Tyea Santiago at ext. 112 or by email at education@njsna.org.

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