13 Top N.J. Nurses Honored for Professional Achievement, Contributions to Profession

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TRENTON, N.J.—April 5, 2019—The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) honored 13 nurses for outstanding professional career accomplishments at its Divas and Dons Gala on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton Hotel in Princeton, N.J.

Through its Divas and Dons in Nursing celebration, the Institute for Nursing, the foundation of NJSNA, calls attention to the outstanding achievements of accomplished New Jersey nurses. Proceeds from the event 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 Mary Ellen Levine, MSN/Ed RN CHPN, chair of the Institute for Nursing, the foundation of NJSNA. “Our goals include raising money to expand scholarship and research programs. We want to bring more nurses into the profession and continue to develop quality educational programs to keep nurses current on major advances in health care. This effort is vital to improving the quality of patient care in New Jersey.”

The 2019 honorees are:

Vivek Agnihotri, DNP, RN, APN, CCRN

Associate Professor, County College of Morris, William Paterson University

Hospitalist/Advanced Practice Nurse, St. Clare’s Health System

Robert Atkins, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden

National Program Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Health Initiatives Program

Nicholas Blanck, MSN, CRNA, APN-Anesthesia

Executive Director, Legislative Affairs, New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Judy Colorado, MSN, MA, RN, NE-BC

Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President, Patient Care Services

RWJ Barnabas Health Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Alana Cueto, MSN, RN, CNL-C

President-elect, National Association of Hispanic Nurses

Nurse Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine

Marie Foley, Ph.D., RN

Dean & Professor, Seton Hall University College of Nursing

Dely Go, DNP, RN, LNHA

President & Owner, Nursing Network Institute, LLC

Adjunct Faculty, William Paterson University

Rebecca Graboso, DNP, MBA, RN, APN, CNRN, CCRN

Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer, Hackensack-Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center

Lori Herndon, MBA, BSN, RN

President and Chief Executive Officer, AtlantiCare Health System

William Holzemer, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Dean & Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Norma Rodgers, BSN, RN, CCRA

Past President, NJSNA

Senior Clinical Research Associate II, Clinical Solutions, Syneos Health

MaryPat Sullivan, MSN, RN, CNS

Chief Nursing Officer, Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center

Diana Tocko, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC

Director of Quality, Clinical Practice and Education, Deborah Heart and Lung Center

View photos from the Gala.


The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) represents the interests of 125,000 registered nurses and advanced practice nurses as an advocate for the nursing profession. NJSNA, which was established in 1901, is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association. NJSNA’s lobbying arm continues to protect the nursing profession through legislative victories. Its nonprofit foundation, Institute for Nursing, helps nurses further their careers by providing continuing education, scholarships and research grants in addition to invaluable networking opportunities. For more information, nurses can visit www.njsna.org or contact NJSNA at njsna@njsna.org or (609) 883-5335.

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