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National and statewide nursing organizations recognize RCBC students and administrators

Rowan College at Burlington County nursing students Jessica O'Shea and Caris Norway received $1,000 scholarships at the New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN) 2018 Gala on Friday, Nov. 2.

The National League for Nursing (NLN) and the New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN), organizations that promote excellence in nursing education, recognized Rowan College at Burlington County students with scholarships and administrators with awards and appointments.

RCBC nursing students Caris Norway, of Columbus, and Jessica O’Shea, of Glenview, Illinois, each received a $1,000 scholarship at the NJLN 2018 Gala on November 2 in Edison.

“The recognition and awards received by our students and administration speak to the dedication of our students in the nursing program, the quality of education provided by our faculty and the innovation and leadership in the Health Sciences Division,” said RCBC President Dr. Michael A. Cioce. “This news confirms my belief that our nursing program is among the very best in the country.”

Norway, age 20, will graduate from RCBC this December, but will stay at the college to pursue her bachelor’s in nursing through Rowan University and RCBC’s innovative 3+1 program. She will be working at a pediatrician’s office after she earns her RN and aspires to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

O’Shea is currently active in the New Jersey Army National Guard in Sea Girt. For the past five years, she has worked in the Recruiting and Retention Battalion along with the Medical Command. After she graduates from RCBC in December, she plans to apply to work in an emergency department in Washington State. The 35-year-old wants to work in resource-constrained environments, also known as austere medical environments, with a focus on first line trauma care. She would like to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist and eventually work in a humanitarian capacity.

The NJLN also recognized RCBC Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Karen Montalto at the Gala. Dr. Montalto received a NJLN 2018 Nurse Recognition Award in honor of her outstanding commitment and contributions to the profession of nursing and healthcare.  

Lastly, RCBC Simulation Lab Coordinator Laura Skrable, MSN, RN, was accepted into a prestigious national leadership institute through the National League for Nursing (NLN). The NLN chooses just 20 leaders from throughout the country to participate in its Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators. The highly competitive program is designed for the experienced simulation nurse educator who wishes to assume a leadership role in simulation.

Pictured: Rowan College at Burlington County nursing students Jessica O'Shea and Caris Norway received $1,000 scholarships at the New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN) 2018 Gala on Friday, Nov. 2.