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Alumni Spotlights April 2022

Date Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Dr Everlyne Njoroge, MS, MBChB, FNP-BC  (DNP Class of 2021) has had her abstract “Improving Assessment of Cancer Related Fatigue in Women Receiving Treatment for Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) in the Ambulatory Setting” accepted for the Sigma Theta Tau International(STTI) Sigma Region 15 Nursing Research Symposium, she will present her work in October 2021 at the virtual event. Some key results of my project that will be presented: 83.3% of participants reported moderate to severe fatigue score; 67% reported that education on fatigue management strategies was new to them; 92% reported they would be able to implement some aspects of the education.

UMass Chan Diabetes Nurse Practitioner Sean Collins Appointed Commander of the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency. Read more.

Nurse Beth Terhune of Westborough was recognized in the Boston Globe’s annual “Salute to Nurses” section for her exemplary work at Hebrew     SeniorLife’s Hospice and Palliative Care in Dedham.  Article

Cassandra M. Godzik, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE a 2020 graduate of the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing PhD program is one of the members of the advisory group for the toolkit described below. With funding provided by Johnson & Johnson, AACN is developing a faculty tool kit that distills the themes and teachable moments captured in 5B that can be used to instruct nursing students and potentially other health professions students. The tool kit will feature an array of free resources for nurse educators worldwide, including learning objectives and desired student outcomes; a step-by-step instructional guide; PowerPoint slides; discussion questions and sample activities; an activity guide for schools offering White Coat Ceremonies; a references list; and resource links.

In the current issue of Worcester Medicine Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing DNP class of 2021 alumni Jessica Ferreira, DNP, AGACNP-BC and Henry Ellis, DNP, AGACNP-BC have their Scholarly Project “Reducing Inter-Stroke Center Transfer Time Through Utilization of the VAN Tool” highlighted on page 14.

PhD Life after graduation
All five graduates are teaching in nursing programs, four in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
They are all in good positions to carry their research forward.  We look forward to hearing about the next phase of their nursing careers.
Dr. Rita Amoah (August 2021) accepted a position at the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor with responsibilities with prelicensure nursing students entering their graduate nursing education through the Graduate Entry Pathway.
Dr. Jenn Berube (March 2021) accepted a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor at Trine University in Indiana where she will teach online in an RN-BS Nursing Program and engage in the development of an online master’s program.
Dr. Amanda Cornine (August 2021) is an instructor in the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Nursing Department at Worcester State University. She has just assumed  the role of coordinating the MSN Nurse Educator Program.
Dr. Melissa Dunn is an Assistant Professor in the Nursing Department at Fitchburg State University.
Dr. Patty Meza is a Professor of Nursing at Wachusett Community College in Gardnern Massachusetts.

Class of 2001: Aurelie Catherine Cormier shared that her First Children’s Book “A Day of Surprises” has now arrived!! This has been a labor of love for her and a dream of hers for many years.  It is now such a delight to see that visualization come to fruition! Haley and Matthew live on a farm and are surprised one day when they are asked to care of their aunt's puppy while she recovers from being sick in the hospital. They learn how to not only take care of the puppy but also how they too can stay healthy and strong. It is one of many surprises that day!

Jalil A. Johnson PhD, ANP-BC, FIEL, alumnus of Adult NP program (MS, 2010) was awarded The American Journal of Nursing (1.2022, Volume 122) awarded 1st prize in the Professional Issues category to my book, The Nation of Nursesa manual for revolutionizing healthcare. This book offers professional insights and resource for students, practicing nurses, and faculty. I hope you'll share this publication with your networks as evidence of UMass providing high quality education and clinical training. Additionally, I hope you consider including this book as a supplemental reading for your  students, and explore this work for your own enjoyment.  Link to one of the AJN press releases