Seventy-six students received their nursing diplomas at the Trinitas School of Nursing's 160th Convocation Ceremony held recently at St. Michael's Church in Cranford. Surrounded by family, friends, and staff that supported their efforts every step of the way, 68 women and eight men proudly accepted their pins and diplomas and became eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse licensing exam.
"The Trinitas School of Nursing is excited for the Class of May 2018 and their accomplishments," said Donna Penn, Dean of the Trinitas School of Nursing, which is affiliated with Union County College and awards Associate in Science degrees to graduates. "We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to the success of all our nursing students through the use of innovative strategies to promote student success in the classroom."
The ceremony began with "America the Beautiful," sung by sisters and graduate nurses Kelly Naomi Denito Morales and Maja A. Morales. The Senior Class Address was delivered by graduate nurse Mark V. DeGuzman of Union, and Welcoming remarks were made by graduate nurse Tara Ashley Weaver of Linden.
Graduates of the School of Nursing include: Viola Adjei, Maria A. Angulo Aliaga, Obinna C. Anyanwu, Lauren A. Blazewicz, Nicole L. Boone, Samantha Irene Borello, Fernanda Caetano, Esteban Carrion-Ambrosi, Maria Anna L. Cirio, Jill A. Colacurto, Mark V. DeGuzman, Stephanie E. Derosena, Daphnee A. Desir Pierre-Paul, Shalanena E. Dickerson, Eliane Duarte Barbosa, Amber I. Dunbar, Shanee Ellington, Lilian E. Emesue, Grace Celeste D. Faigao, Katarina F. Farina, Saidy C. Fernandez, Diana M. Garcia, Tsega Ghebremicael, Ashley E. Godtel, Najah R. Goodman, Michelle L. Hasenauer, Jomo J. Haywood, Patricia Herman, Shirley M. Jeffcoat, Erica L. Johnson-Wicker, Woodley Jolibois, Faith N. Kavoi, Ernande L. Lamothe, Jenmy J. Landaverde, Alejandra Lasso, Alleah Deena M. Lopez, Kenny Mah, William J. Maia, Marica Lanina Maningas, Yamiry Marrero, Daniela Martinez Bolanos, Anjela Clariz Castro Mascarinas, Carolina V. Melo, Chelsea N. Mendoza, Edith Montero, Kelly Naomi Benito Morales, Maja A. Morales, Kaitlyn N. Montgomery, Leah V. Netta, Bernice A. Ntim, Tanika T. O’Loughlin, Laury Occean, Jennifer M. Oliveira, Stephanie Perez, Brittany Perkins, Monica J. Pisciotta, Liliana Elizabeth Ramos Moposita, Mirian Ramos, Claudia A. Rebelo, Ana I. Rios, Gina M. Romani, Andrea K. Romero Lodato, Ashley M. Rubertone, Donna Ruiz, Damian Samuels, Dana M. Savino, Jamerys R. Sigaran, Sharon Y. Smith, Marangelly Andrea Soto, Amanda C. Tompkins, Eileen A. Urbina-Martinez, Alejandra Valdez, Lisa L. Villaggio, Bennett T. Wacaster, Jessica C. Wade, and Tara Ashley Weaver.
Additional awards were given to graduates as follows: First Scholarship Award was presented to Jill A. Colacurto of Staten Island, NY; Second Scholarship Award was presented to Jessica C. Wade of Staten Island, NY; the Auxiliary Award was presented to Alejandra Lasso of Elizabeth, NJ; the 2018 Nursing Service Professional Transformation Award was presented to Maja A. Morales of Garwood; the Lily Bierstein Memorial Award was presented to Jessica C. Wade of Staten Island, NY; the Gerontological Nursing Award was presented to Jomo J. Haywood of Berkeley Heights, NJ; the Alumni Association Award was presented to Sharon Smith of Jersey City, NJ; the Curtis Crumbley Memorial Award was presented to Eileen A. Urbina-Martinez of Elizabeth, NJ); the Naeisha Massenburg Memorial Award was presented to Edith Montero of Elizabeth, NJ; the George F. Billington Leadership Award was presented to Mark V. DeGuzman of Union, NJ; the Carole Stavitiski Giving Back Award was presented to Gina Romani of Staten Island, NY; and the Emily H. Wall Memorial Award was presented to Amanda C. Tompkins of Rahway, NJ.
Trinitas School of Nursing, operated jointly by Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Union County College, currently holds full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. The National League for Nursing has awarded the School of Nursing a third designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education status for the years 2015-2020 for "Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development." All eligible faculty hold certifications as NLN Certified Nurse Educators (CNE). The School also holds a 20-year, 40-class national licensing examination (NCLEX) passage rate of 97% on first writing.
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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, 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 2, 2018