Three students from Seton Hall's College of Nursing will be honored by the Career Center at the Experiential Education Awards Breakfast on May 3, 2016. The winners Dr. Patricia Pappas, Ana Santoliquido, and Honorable Mention Sister Mary Grace Harazim were nominated by faculty mentors in recognition of their internship and clinical experiences.
The winners participated in diverse projects and initiatives. Ana Santoliquido completed an externship at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, New Jersey, where she worked in the Pediatric and Labor and Delivery units. She had the opportunity to shadow nurses, perform patient assessments, view C-section births, and assess newborn babies. She was nominated for the award by Dr. Maureen Byrnes.
“This was a very fulfilling experience for me,” Santoliquido said. “I got to work with a variety of patients, hone my nursing skills, and meet so many nurses, doctors, and patients who taught me so much about nursing.”
The second winner, Dr. Patricia Pappas, completed her project as part of her Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Dr. Pappas developed and implemented a cardiovascular health program for economically disadvantaged populations at Prospect House, a mental health facility in East Orange, New Jersey. She was nominated for the award by Dr. Mary Ellen Roberts, director of the D.N.P. program.
“This experience demonstrated the value of applying evidence into practice in order to facilitate change,” Dr. Pappas said. “Improving quality of care while addressing health disparities – a national health initiative – was important to me as a student. However, it was more important to the patients who were recipients of the care.”
Sister Mary Grace Harazim, who received an honorable mention, completed a 10-week externship at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where she worked full-time with preceptors in various departments of the hospital. She was nominated by Dr. Katherine Connelly.
Dr. Patricia Ruiz, Director of Clinical Affiliations and Career Development at Seton Hall University College of Nursing, emphasized the importance of clinical experiences.
"Experiential education is at the heart of nursing education," Dr. Ruiz said. "Even with the strong academic foundation that Seton Hall University provides, there is no substitute for working in actual clinical settings and learning from experienced registered nurses. These clinical opportunities support the transition to professional nursing practice.”
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