Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, CEO of the National League for Nursing, at left, and L. Antoinette Bargagliotti, DNSc, RN, Outgoing President of the NLN, at right, congratulate Mary Beth Kelley, MSN, MEd, CNE, Dean of Trinitas School of Nursing, upon her recognition as a National League of Nursing Academy Nursing Education Fellow.

Faculty members of the Trinitas School of Nursing are fully certified in Nursing Education, the first nursing school faculty in the nation to have achieved this distinction. Front row, from left to right: Virginia Villanueva, Rosemary Byrne, Karen Joho, Teresita Proctor, and Marithely Morales-Allen. Middle row, from left to right, Dean Marybeth Kelley, Associate Dean Rose Santee, and Nancy Napoliello. Rear row, left to right: Anne Ormsby and Janine Graf-Kirk.

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Members of Faculty also Honored with National Distinction

Mary Elizabeth Lebreck Kelley, MSN, MEd, RN, CNE, the Dean of the Trinitas School of Nursing, is one of 41 nursing educators recently to be named a Fellow of the National League of Nursing Academy of Nursing Education.

Dean Kelley has been in the academic leadership position at the Trinitas School of Nursing for 37 years. Her induction among the inaugural class of Academy of Nursing Education Fellows is based on her "enduring and substantial contributions to nursing education that are viewed as above and beyond the responsibilities of the position." Furthermore, her contributions are considered broad in scope, not limited to her own classrooms/school. Finally, Dean Kelley’s efforts to influence and advance nursing education through a variety of dissemination methods efforts are a demonstration of her visionary leadership in nursing education.

The National League of Nursing has also announced that the Trinitas School is the first in the United States to have 100% of its eligible faculty certified with the Certification in Nursing Education (CNE) credential. In addition to Dean Kelley, faculty members who have attained this achievement are: Rosemary Byrne, Karen Joho, Janine Graf-Kirk; Marithely Morales-Allen; Anne Ormsby; Teresita Proctor, Virginia Villaneuva, Nancy Napoliello, and Rose Santee.

Dean Kelley and Assistant Dean Rose Santee were the first from the Trinitas School of Nursing staff to become certified when they took the CNE pilot examination at the 2005 National League of Nursing Education Summit.

The standards of excellence that this brought into the Trinitas School of Nursing made an immediate impact. Says Dean Kelley, "Once the faculty began using the Excellence in Nursing Education Model and incorporated the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators© into their practice, they realized that the next step was to become certified as nurse educators."

During Dean Kelley’s tenure, the Trinitas School of Nursing has achieved outstanding academic results with its students. The School takes pride in one of the highest pass rates experienced among its students who take The National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX) for registered nurse licensure. Since 1990, 97 percent of the school's graduates have passed the NCLEX exam on first writing. The January and May 2006 graduates of the school achieved a perfect 100% pass rate on the national registered nurse licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) on first writing.

Dean Kelley is co-director of a Robert Wood Johnson grant, Transcultural Leadership Continuum --- Access, Retention, and Mobility of Minority Students in Nursing, and is co-author of The Culture of Learning and Understanding Cultural Diversity, Culture, Curriculum and Community in Nursing. The Philippine Nurses Association has recognized Dean Kelley for her commitment to supporting nurses and student nurses of diverse backgrounds. As Director of Education at Trinitas Hospital, Dean Kelley has implemented a Bridge program for novice nurses that has improved the retention rate of new graduates.

Dean Kelley is also the recipient of the 2006 Nurse Recognition Award from the New Jersey League for Nursing. Our Lady of Nazareth Academy, Wakefield, Massachusetts, recognized Mrs. Kelley with an Outstanding Alumni Award in 2006 for mentoring young women.


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: November 16, 2007

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