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                                                                                               October 2009
                                                                                  Up Coming:

                                                                                      • Next Advisory
                                                                                     Committee Meeting:
                                                                                        Dec 9th 10am
                                                                                   Passaic County College

                                                                                  • Next Grant Steering
                                                                                    Committee Meeting:
                                                                                       Nov 17th 9:30am

                                                                                  • Next quarterly report
                                                                                    due to the
                                                                                    Department of
                                                                                     November 14, 2009
                                                                                    "Nurses dispense
                         By Marianne Schubert, RN, BSN, CEN, MICP                 comfort, compassion,
                                                                                   and caring without
       The Practical Nursing Program at the Plainfield campus                     even a prescription.”
has once again put up the “Awareness Tree” in the cafeteria to                          Val Saintsbury
celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness. The tree is decorated in
pink and white lights; ribbons made by the staff resemble the
“pink” awareness ribbons. Cards are placed on the ribbons
where staff, faculty and students write down a victim or survivor
of breast cancer. The tree remains up for the month of October.
Demonstrations are given in the Nursing Skill and Simulation
Laboratories to show women and men how to check for breast
cancer; information packets are available; demonstration on
simulated breasts to feel for lumps are available for hands-on
evaluation; pink ribbons and goodies are available to show your
support. Nursing students from the program volunteer their time
to help in educating those interested in learning more. Anyone
interested in further information, please contact Marianne
Schubert, BSN, CEN on ext. 4959.

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                                                            PRACTICAL NURSING STUDENTS PARTICIPATE
         Union County College
                                                                  IN COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR
            232 East Second Street
             Plainfield, NJ 07016                                                                              By Dr. Patricia Castaldi
              Phone: 908.412.3562
                                                                  On Saturday, October 3rd, 12 Practical Nursing students                      participated in the Coalition of Hispanic Physicians annual
                               health fair, which was held at the Crescent Avenue                            Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. This worthwhile event
                                                           enhances the nursing students’ awareness of many aspects of
                                                           community health and early intervention. Students participated
                                                           in cholesterol and blood sugar screening, which are critical
                                                           assessments in evaluating clients for potential diabetes and
                                                           cardiovascular disease. Approximately 300 clients attended the
                                                           health fair, which provided a variety of screenings on a walk-in
                                                           and no cost basis. Two professors from the Practical Nursing
                                                           program, Theresa Cosmas, MA, RN and Michele Cislo, MA, RN,
This product was funded by a grant awarded under           supervised the student experience. “Students really enjoyed
the President’s Community-Based Job Training               being a part of this project,” stated Professor Cosmas. Students
Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of
Labor’s Employment & Training Administration. The          learned a tremendous amount about the importance of
information contained in this product was created by a     community health assessments and enjoyed interacting with
grantee organization and does not necessarily reflect
the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor.
                                                           the members of the Coalition of Hispanic Physicians. Students
All references to non-governmental companies or            and faculty members from the Practical Nursing program have
organizations, their services, products, or resources
are offered for informational purposes and should not
                                                           participated in this health fair for 3 years and we look forward to
be construed as an endorsement by the Department           contributing to future events.
of Labor. This product is copyrighted by the institution
that created it and is intended for individual
organizational, non-commercial use only.

Featured Article:

          We are interested in featuring a short article
  or description of a selected Advisory Committee
  participant every month in this section. Please get
  involved and submit your paragraphs by November
  19, 2009 for the November 2009 newsletter.

          Please submit all information and
  questions/comments to Kathleen Michell at

                                                                                                                   By Kathleen Michell
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