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Men continue to attain entry into a once female-dominated profession

According to a U.S. Census Bureau study released in 2013, the proportion of male registered nurses has more than tripled since 1970, from 2.7 percent to 9.6 percent. The report went on to say that of the 3.5 million employed nurses in 2011, about 3.2 million were female and 330,000 male.

With its most recent graduating class, the Trinitas School of Nursing reflects the growing number of men gravitating to the profession. At its commencement exercises last month, 74 graduates, including 11 men, were awarded their nursing diplomas as well as an Associate of Sciences degree from Union County College, its academic partner in the Cooperative Nursing Program.

Trinitas School of Nursing is one of the largest nursing schools in the country and is a member of the National League for Nursing and the Association of Diploma Schools of Professional Nursing. In addition, its graduates consistently perform in the upper percentiles in the National Nurse Licensing Exam, the NCLEX, frequently passing the rigorous examination on first sitting. The National League for Nursing (NLN) has also recognized the School with a designation as a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development through 2015. Trinitas was the first school in New Jersey and the first Cooperative Nursing Program in the nation to receive this recognition.

In September 2011, the School was re-designated as an NLN Center of Excellence through 2015 based on its efforts to maintain excellence through a series of long-range strategic plans.

Diplomas and Associate of Science degrees were awarded to these May, 2014 graduates: Bayonne resident Jemellody Soriano; Boonton residents Rosangela L. Abrantes and Silvana Nascimento Dos Santos; Brooklyn, New York residents Tetyana Goncharova, Denise Gorham, Deitt Joboam, Karine Zakaryan and Shanee Pysadee; Bronx, New York resident Mariama Tunkara; Chatham resident Marcela Van De Velde Lima; Clark resident Kathryn Elizabeth Doyle; Cranford residents Thelma E. Hamm, Kenneth Ilg, and Anna Pietrucha; Edison resident Hanna Cleaver; Elizabeth residents Denise Anozier, Lauren Boyd, Enio R. Castro-Solano, Melinda Coloń, Emilio Fernandez, Quincy Hepburn, Antoneta Jurovicki Siclari, Danielle Kendall-Ali, Nadege Mondesir, Denise V. Scott, Patrycja Sobkowicz, Pascal Timothee, Denise Trejos, Dana L. West and Aura S. Zeppieri; Hazlet resident Samantha Sanchez; Hillside resident Marie Onion; Irvington residents Donna Clarke Tucker and Aitoya Jacob Ihimekpen; Jersey City resident Eunice Lacson; Kearny resident Charmagne Salvador; Kenilworth residents Lucyna Kulaga and Inna Susiak; Laurelton, New York resident Michelle Leon; Linden residents Anne Vierge Daux, Magdalena Gosztyla, Melissa M. Donat, Krystel Jean, Talit Mahmood, Lina F. Perez and Regina Pomiklo; Millburn resident Melissa Campbell; Newark residents Noella Kabazimya and Tanisha Miller; New Brunswick resident Stefanie Paglinco; Nutley resident Nicolae Hususan; Rahway residents Katherin M. Caraballo, Annmarie Fowling, Maria Melgen and Leocadie C. Toussaint; Roselle residents Diana Munoz and Hamerenia Reid; Scotch Plains resident Ghada Mohamed-Aly and William John Tuers; Staten Island, New York residents Marissa M. Crocco, Agnieszka Olewiecka and Annemarie Rose Pucilla; Union residents Natalia Belo, Nir Ben-David, Jessica Fernandes Morais, Ronald C. Halal, Joanna Jacinto, Damien Kemps, Amanda Murphy, Barbara Szablowski and Melissa D. Tolentino; West Orange resident Jeannie LaGuerre; Winfield Park resident Paul Klusewicz; Woodbridge resident Elizabeth Jimenez.

Nursing High Honors were awarded to Melissa Campbell, Nicolae Hususan, Joanna Jacinto, Damien Kemps, Paul Klusewicz, Stefanie Paglinco, Inna Susiak, and Barbara Szablowski.

Those in the class who achieved Nursing Honors were: Natalia Belo, Tetyana Goncharova, Thelma E. Hamm, Quincy Hepburn, Kenneth Ilg, Lucyna Kulaga, Michelle Leon, Maria Melgen, Nadege Mondesir, Amanda Murphy, Marie Onion, Lina F. Perez, Anna Pietrucha, Regina Pomiklo, William John Tuers, and Marcela Van De Velde Lima.


About Trinitas School of Nursing
Trinitas School of Nursing conducts a Cooperative Nursing Program with Union County College and confers a Diploma in Nursing from Trinitas and an Associate Degree from the College. Initially offering nursing studies as the Elizabeth General Medical Center School of Nursing, Trinitas School of Nursing has been in continuous operation since 1891. The Cooperative Nursing Program offers a Diploma in Nursing from Trinitas School of Nursing and an Associate in Science Degree from Union County College upon successful completion of the curriculum. Fully accredited by the New Jersey State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education, Inc., the program offers a basic course of study in nursing. It provides a sound theoretical base of knowledge in the nursing, biological, behavioral and sociological sciences and integrates this knowledge into academic and practical experiences within the health and illness continuum of client care. Utilization of a variety of health care agencies facilitates the application of all aspects of the students’ learning. Students earn a total of 75 credits in the Cooperative Nursing Program. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurse Licensure. For information about the program of study at Trinitas School of Nursing, call 908-659-5200.

Posted: June 5, 2014

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