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Caldwell University nursing student Nicole Grandeza of Union, N.J. was selected to present to  nursing students from Japan at the TOMADACHI Johnson & Johnson Disaster Nursing Training Program in August. Johnson & Johnson hosted the event at its worldwide headquarters in New Brunswick for undergraduate students from Miyagi University in Japan.

Grandeza, a senior and president of the Caldwell University Student Nurses’ Association, shared her experiences as a nursing student in the United States.  “I’m privileged to pursue a profession that provides the opportunity to meet and care for many people of different cultural backgrounds,” said Grandeza.

The TOMODACHI J&J Disaster Nursing Training Program aims to support capacity building of nurses in the Tohoku region of Japan by focusing on the field of Disaster Medicine and/or Nursing. Johnson & Johnson has partnered with the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, for this program.

Earlier in the summer, Grandeza and nursing students Hava Kraja, John McLaughlin, Michaela Oliveira, and Ashley Carreiro   attended the National Student Nurses’ Association Summer Leadership Conference at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Students had a great time networking at the forum.  “The best part of the conference was seeing so many nursing students from around the country who want to be actively involved in our profession and to better themselves,” said Carreiro, a senior.