From Seton Hall to AANP New Jersey State Liaison
Seton Hall’s College of Nursing celebrates the recent election of its alumna, Varsha Singh, D.N.P., A.P.N., CT-CP, NEA-BC, FAHA, FAANP, SCRN, as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Liaison for New Jersey. This achievement is not only a testament to Singh’s dedication and expertise, but also a nod to her academic roots at Seton Hall.
Singh embarked on her professional journey at Seton Hall, completing her MSN (Adult Health) in 2009 and later her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2018. Since then, her path has been characterized by continuous growth and service to the nursing community. As the Neuroscience/Stroke Program Manager at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, Singh has displayed consistent leadership and a commitment to advancing the field.
Her roles, ranging from serving as Region 3 President to member-at-large for the American Nurses Association's Board of Directors, showcase the breadth of her involvement and her passion for nursing leadership.
On her time at Seton Hall, Singh noted, "Since I got accepted in 2006 as a graduate student, my career trajectory has been in an upward direction." The university's blend of flexible classes and dedicated mentorship from figures like Associate Professor and DNP Program Director Mary Ellen Roberts, D.N.P., R.N., A.P.N.C. played a pivotal role in shaping her journey.
She also acknowledged that the recognition she received while a student made her feel supported. "I received the Elizabeth Seton Young Alumni award in 2013 and then Sara Erikson medal at the DNP graduation. In addition, my DNP scholarly project, 'Stroke Clinical Order Pathway Education (SCOPE) for APNs,' was presented nationally and internationally."
As quoted in the September issue of NJ Nurse, Singh "firmly believes that every nurse has an ability to lead in their own way and 'Sky is not the limit' if anyone sets the mind on a goal." She added that in her new role she would like to focus on nurse practitioner students and urge all practicing nurse practitioners to come forward to mentor or precept the students.
"Singh's story exemplifies the blend of dedication, skill, and the right educational foundation," said Roberts. "As she takes on her new role with AANP, the nursing community awaits her contributions with anticipation. I personally know that she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table."