The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey recently appointed Janet Gordils-Perez, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNP, as the new chief nursing officer. Gordils-Perez joined the Rutgers Cancer Institute in 2004 as the director of oncology nursing.
Her prior experience also includes serving as adult nurse practitioner and clinical research nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In her 13 years of service to the Rutgers Cancer Institute, Gordils-Perez has been instrumental in expanding the Hematologic Malignancies/Blood and Marrow Transplant Programs and the Brain and Spine and Head and Neck Programs.
Deborah Toppmeyer, MD, chief medical officer at Rutgers Cancer Institute, tells CINJ.org:
“Over the past 13 years, Dr. Gordils-Perez has had a tremendous impact on our clinical operations. She works tirelessly to assure that the nursing program at Rutgers Cancer Institute is exemplary and supports an efficient practice.”
In her new role, Gordils-Perez will oversee 150 clinical and administrative staff who are responsible for treatment nursing, advanced practice nursing, pediatric nursing, social work, medical health technician support, and nursing and patient education. To learn more about Gordils-Perez and her new position with the Rutgers Cancer Institute, visit here.
Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, an associate dean for the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden, has been selected as one of three New Jersey nursing professionals to be inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). She is a noted scholar on diverse issues including nurses in the military.
173 nursing professionals in the world were selected for the honor in 2017, representing the nation’s foremost health care thought leaders. Selection criteria for AAN fellows includes evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and a nursing career that influences health policies and health care delivery for Americans.
Scannell-Desch is a retired colonel in the US Air Force Nurse Corps and a former flight nurse who served on active duty across the world from 1972 to 1997. She joined the Rutgers Nursing faculty in January 2016 following a 25-year military career and 15-year teaching career at other universities. During her time in the military, Scannell-Desch held a number of leadership positions including command nurse executive at the US Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon where she directed nursing policy and practice for Air Force Reserve nursing personnel worldwide.
To learn more about Scannell-Desch and her induction as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow, visit here.
The National Academies of Practice, a national interprofessional organization advising on health care delivery in the US, recently inducted Nancy Pontes, an assistant professor in the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, as a Fellow. Pontes was inducted into the prestigious fellowship during an annual conference in March, where she was also distinguished as a fellow of the Nursing Academy.
Pontes’ expertise is in family health, the delivery of care, and the social determinants of health and well-being in youth and families. She was the 2013 recipient of the New Jersey College Health Association’s Honorary Nursing Excellence Award in College Health. Pontes has also published research in several health-related journals and presented her findings at conferences nationwide.
As a member of the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden since 2015, Pontes teaches undergraduate courses in Community Health Nursing/Global Health and Wellness and Health Assessment, and graduate courses in Advanced Health and Physical Assessment. Pontes is also the primary investigator on a $600,000 grant from the US Department of Education International and Foreign Language office which seeks to strengthen Spanish language skills among students and faculty.
Pontes received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Pensacola Christian College in 1985, her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Florida in 1994, and her PhD in nursing from Columbia University in 2003. She previously served as assistant vice president for health and wellness at Rowan University and practice director and nurse practitioner at New York University’s Division of Nursing and the University of Florida’s College of Medicine prior to beginning her position with Rutgers.
To learn more about Pontes’ nursing background and Fellow recognition with the National Academies of Practice, visit here.
Joanne Robinson, the inaugural dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, was recently named as one of nine fellows for the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice program.
The program selects experienced executive leaders in nursing education and practice who have held positions for over five years. Selected participants are prepared to become champions for change who design and implement strategies for innovation and meeting the demands of nursing education and health care. Over the course of the one-year program, participants will work with peers and experts across the country on issues of leadership and organizational systems.
Robinson is a noted scholar in nursing care for the elderly. She was named the founding dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden in 2012 and has since been committed to preparing nurses to deliver top patient care while advancing nursing and health science. The relatively new nursing school has Robinson to thank for its impressive growth which includes the addition of a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program and graduate certificate program in wound ostomy continence nursing, and the merger of two nursing programs into the Rutgers-Camden program.
After her starting her nursing career with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from William Paterson University, Robinson went on to earn a master’s degree in community health nursing from Rutgers-Newark and a PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Robinson is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), co-founded the NJ End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium, and served on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Elder Care and the New Jersey Commission on Aging, amongst several other achievements.
To learn more about Robinson’s nursing background and achievements, visit here.
With the help of a $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden will be able to fund an innovative expansion of their post-baccalaureate School Nursing Certification Program to a graduate-level program with a focus on population health. The New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) award is one of only five given in the state and will help Rutgers’ mission of educating school nurses to address the increasingly complex health demands of students and their communities.
School nurses are critical to the health of students and their communities. Today’s school nurses require education in public health and advanced leadership so that they can work with community leaders to enact changes in school systems, policies, and other environments that influence the health of their students.
Enabled by the new grant, the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden will change the focus of their school nursing certification program from focusing on the health of individual students to addressing determinants of health affecting students in their communities. The initiative will emphasize the importance of creating healthier communities by making health a shared value through collaboration with students, their families, the school systems, and the surrounding communities.
The main message of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Campaign is fostering collaboration to improve well-being, more equitable communities, and strengthening integration of health services and systems. Rutgers-Camden plans to do just that, pioneering and leading in the field of school nurse education to better prepare school nurses in New Jersey, ultimately improving the health of the populations they serve.
Each year the US Department of Veterans Affairs selects students to participate in its highly competitive Veterans Affairs Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) program. Over the summer, two Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students from Seton Hall University (SHU) were selected to participate in the ten-week program at the VA New Jersey Health Care System East Orange and Lyons campuses.
VALOR is a program designed to provide nursing students with a designated registered nurse preceptor who helps the student develop the competencies necessary for working as an RN caring for our nation’s veterans. The SHU College of Nursing was honored to have two students selected to participate, Kristin Donadio and Daisy Acevedo.
During the program, Donadio and Acevedo rotated through multiple units including intensive care, psychiatry, same day surgery, and long term care. As VALOR students, they also participated in the Nurse Practice Council, weekly educational programs, and delivered capstone presentations to the VA nurses and staff at the end of their ten weeks.
Donadio and Acevedo were thankful for the opportunity to improve their competence and confidence in providing nursing care through VALOR. In only ten weeks, the students developed personally and professionally, resulting in future plans to pursue professional careers in the critical care setting, ideally within the VA Health System. Both students noted that the values at the VA and at SHU are the same – nursing is all about ‘giving back,’ and showing kindness and respect to patients and staff.