On Saturday, November 30th, of Thanksgiving weekend, a group of nursing students from the Student Nurses Association at Caldwell University, left the comfort of family and friends to help serve those in need. They carpooled to the Missionaries of Charity’s Soup Kitchen in Newark and helped prepare and serve a Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings. Everyone agreed that the experience was valuable and they were glad that they could lend a hand!
On Sunday, October 27th, about 20 Caldwell University nursing students, family members, and friends participated in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk in Edison, NJ. Thousands of walkers from all over came out to support this wonderful cause and the Caldwell University participants were extremely happy to take part in the activity. As a team, they raised just over $500.00 to donate to the Making Strides Foundation. The walk started at 10 am Sunday morning at the New Jersey Expo Center. Everyone gathered and danced to the music that played throughout the center. It was a cause the association chose in support of a classmate and friend who lost her mom to breast cancer just a couple years ago. They walked in memory of her mom, for everyone else who has lost their battle with breast cancer, and for the many women who are survivors.
Christina Buono, President, Student Nurse’ Association at Caldwell University (SNACC)
Caldwell University nursing students performed blood pressure screenings at the Annual Kiwanis/Rotary Caldwell Street Fair on Sunday, October 6th. Over 140 people were screened. Despite the drizzle, the community stopped by the to hear about the nursing program and have their blood pressure screened by the Junior and Senior nursing students. Information from the American Heart Association regarding blood pressure monitoring was available and teaching regarding desired ranges was discussed. Even Cooper the Cougar stopped by for a screening! Well done by all who attended.
Nursing Department Instructor Kathleen Kelley, MSN, RN, CNRN, is a guest on One-on-One with Steve Adubato and discusses the many innovative ways Caldwell University is teaching future nurses. Kelley describes the use of simulation manikins and how they are used in the nursing lab to create a patient’s real experience in a hospital setting, thereby providing students with the chance to learn hands-on with the latest technology.
Kelley also talks about her career transition from engineering to nursing, the rewards of teaching nursing at Caldwell, how she is studying for her doctorate in nursing and is doing research focusing on the nurse’s role in veteran post traumatic stress and trauma.
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On Saturday April 20, 2013 the Department of Nursing held its first annual Induction Ceremony founding the Nursing Honor Society. On a beautiful spring day, 1 alumnus, 11 senior students and 8 faculty were inducted in the society. Connie Sobon-Sensor, Secretary of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, gave the keynote address and Teresa Torsney, the Region 14 Coordinator of Sigma Theta Tau International gave the welcome and greetings. The Inductees were informed about the process of developing the Nursing Honor Society and applying to become a Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Appointments were made by the Steering Committee to the Board of Directors and they will conduct the first business meeting in July.
On Friday, April 05, the nursing department held a “Veterans’ Health Workshop.” This unique event featured faculty and guest speakers, a panel discussion, and question and answer session that allowed the participants to learn about veterans’ health, resources and training opportunities. A goal of the workshop was to enhance the curriculum and educate about the unique clinical challenges and best practices associated with caring for military service members, veterans, and their families.
“This event responds to the Joining Forces campaign led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden,” said Dr. Rossignol, Director and Professor of the Nursing Department. “Future nurses need to know how to care for our nation’s veterans and their families facing post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, and other clinical issues because most veterans today seek healthcare services outside the VA system.”
Guest speakers included Denise Lang-Grant, Ed.S., L.P.C., a licensed therapist specializing in trauma and crisis and Johnathan Jahr, currently a student at Caldwell University who served in the United States Marine corps for 3 ½ years. In addition, faculty and staff presenters included Dr. Marnie Sperling, Dr. Marycarol Rossignol, Dr. Theodora Sirota, and Kathleen Kelley.
Over 70 participants, nursing students and health personnel from Fort Dix attended the workshop. “We were pleased to hold this event and we plan to follow up with more offerings on veterans’ health in the near future,” said Dr. Rossignol.
Caldwell, NJ –March 13, 2013 – Caldwell University has received a $150,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Mass. for its Nursing Skills and Simulation Laboratories to enhance its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
The grant provides the college with the ability to purchase a Laerdal SimMom manikin with newborn for obstetrics, and a Laerdal SimBaby manikin along with the equipment, software and microphones needed for this important learning tool.
“We are excited about the new additions to our simulation family. This generous grant supports and improves our ability to prepare nursing students with hands-on experiences in specialty practice areas using the latest technological advances,” said Marycarol Rossignol, Ph.D., RN, CNL, director of nursing at Caldwell.
Warner S. Fletcher, chair of the George I. Alden Trust, said “The Trust has periodically supported a number of Caldwell initiatives over the years since the early 1990’s. We continue to be impressed with Caldwell’s forward looking efforts to address many of the key issues that we see to be confronting private higher education these days. We hope that this current grant will help to further these efforts.” he said.
Pointing out that over 150 students are studying in Caldwell’s Nursing program, Dr. Rossignol says data show that the United States will be facing a serious shortage of nurses as baby boomers age and are diagnosed with chronic diseases. “Caldwell University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is at the forefront of responding to this need with preparing educated, caring nursing professionals who will be able to work in various settings with diverse populations.”
Last year, the Nursing Department received a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey for the Laerdal SimMan 3G manikin.
Caldwell’s BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a national accrediting agency.
The department offers four entrance tracks: Second Degree, RN, Traditional and Transfer students leading to the BSN degree.
The New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. held their 61st convention at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on February 14 and 15, 2013. The theme for the event was called, “Kings and Queens of Hearts: Ace Your Career in Nursing.” It was attended by over 1500 attendees. Overall, the sessions covered a wide array of topics. In any case, some of the attendees were assessing the job market, while others were searching for materials, such as the latest study guides or other technologies that will ease the rigors of nursing school. Other students sought to continue their nursing journey to a BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degree by exploring different colleges/universities in the exhibit booths.
Caldwell University was strongly involved with this year’s convention. For instance, there were 2 NJNS state board members, namely Kelly Serrano (Public Relations Director) and Mark A. Polon (Treasurer). There were 2 delegates: Denise Harry and Jeremy Balagtas. One Monitor: Sharon McIver. Also, there were approximately 40 Caldwell students who attended and 4 Caldwell teachers who presented. They include: Dr. Sirota, Prof. Nimoh, Prof. Jean, and Prof. Sirola. Incidentally, Dr. Rossignol, Professor Kakalecz, and Mr. Tucker were present to support us all. Overall, the convention was a wonderful occasion that provided nursing students an environment to learn and fellowship with one another.
Program Begins in Fall 2013
Caldwell, NJ – March 5, 2013 — The Caldwell University Nursing Department will begin offering an RN to Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) online program for fall semester 2013. “We are excited to be offering this new nursing program. It will give registered nurses who want the convenience and flexibility of an online program the ability to enjoy the same comprehensive program as our on campus students,” said Marycarol Rossignol, PhD, RN, CNL, director of Caldwell’s nursing program.
Nursing courses can be completed in 12-months. The program is cohort-based where groups progress through the curriculum together. “This allows us to respond to the need in healthcare for advancing education of nurses while addressing the demand for nurses in the marketplace, both in New Jersey and nationally,” Dr. Rossignol said.
Caldwell’s BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a national accrediting agency. The department offers four entrance tracks: Second Degree, RN, Traditional and Transfer students leading to the BSN degree.
Selection of RN to BSN students is based on an admission GPA of 2.75. Nursing prerequisites are accepted with a grade of C or higher. Students may receive credit by challenge examination for science courses over five years old and may receive credit by challenge examination for the Health and Cultural Assessment course.
The RN curriculum is comprised of 61 credits of liberal arts core and prerequisite course work and 33 credits of nursing major course work. The 61 required liberal arts credits are often substantially reduced for the RN student after transfer credit evaluation.
For more information, please contact the Caldwell University Admissions office at 973-618-3500 or go to www.caldwell.edu