CSI Named One of Nursing Schools Almanac’s 2021 Best Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) Programs in NY

On the heels of the College of Staten Island’s Nursing program receiving recognition from Best Accredited Colleges, ranking 33 on its 2021 list of the Best Associate Degrees in Nursing, the CSI Nursing Associate’s Degree program has been named to Nursing Schools Almanac’s 2021 Best Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) Programs in NY.

Explaining its methodology, the publication stated that “For our 2021 rankings of ADN programs, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac compiled an extensive database of student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)…We used our database to calculate each program’s NCLEX-RN pass rate among first-time test-takers. This is the standard program assessment metric reported by the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions, as well as by the test’s administrator, Pearson Vue. Whenever possible, we calculated this first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate over an extensive period of time, typically the past decade of student performance. We then used this metric to rank all of New York’s ADN programs accordingly.”

By Terry Mares

CSI Ranked 33 in Best Accredited Colleges 2021 Best Associate Degrees in Nursing List

The CSI Nursing program recently received more recognition for excellence as Best Accredited Colleges ranked the College of Staten Island No. 33 in its 2021 list of the Best Associate Degrees in Nursing.

An organization spokesperson stated that Best Accredited Colleges “considered hundreds of institutions across the country and ranked College of Staten Island/CUNY using data around financial aid awards, the quality of education, faculty, campus resources, and more.”  

In 2021, the CSI Nursing program received recognition from U.S. News & World Report as a Best Undergraduate Nursing College, as well as a Best Graduate School for the Nursing Master’s program.

By Terry Mares

CSI Alumna Alexa Zuffante Selected as a 2021 Champion of Humanistic Care

Alexa Zuffante

CSI Nursing and Verrazzano School alumna Alexa Zuffante, who is a Registered Nurse with Northwell Health, has been selected by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation as one of its 2021 Champions of Humanistic Care, sharing the honors with Dr. Anthony Fauci. She is also the only nurse in the entire Northwell organization to be chosen.

The Gold Foundation states that the award goes to “physicians, nurses, and healthcare team members who have been selected by their healthcare institutions for compassion and courage during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 healthcare team members have been chosen from Gold Partners Council member institutions and Gold Corporate Council member companies, as well as other affiliated Gold partners.”

More information on Champions of Humanistic Care is available on the Gold Foundation Website.

By Editor

For Her Relentless Commitment to Expanding Rights for Immigrants and Dreamers; the Around-the-Clock Care She Provided as a Nurse During the Pandemic; and Her Work to Help Underserved Communities, Hina Naveed is a CUNY Hero

CSI Alumna Hina Naveed (Photo: CUNY)

The City University of New York – Even as she cared for COVID-19 patients as a volunteer with the NYC Medical Reserve Corps at the height of the pandemic, Hina Naveed spent her nights studying law at the CUNY School of Law. A registered nurse, Naveed earned her Juris Doctorate on Jan. 14, her third degree from CUNY. Read more at the CUNY Website.

By The City University of New York

“U.S. News” Ranks Nursing MA Program in 2022 Best Grad Schools List

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the MA in Nursing program at the College of Staten Island on its list of Best Graduate Schools 2022.

According to the publication, “The Best Graduate Schools rankings…are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data for the rankings…came from statistical surveys of more than 2,125 programs and from reputation surveys sent to more than 23,000 academics and professionals, conducted in fall 2020 and early 2021.

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Nursing Student Success Coaching Program Event Draws Crowd

Dr. Vonfrolio (center in red) with CSI Nursing faculty, Success Coaches, and students.

More than 130 students, faculty, alumni, and nurses attended the “Making a Million in Nursing Seminar” that took place on April 4 in the Williamson Theater at the College of Staten Island (CSI). Keynote speaker Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio RN, PhD, presented various entrepreneurial opportunities in the nursing field such as invention development, starting a CPR business, developing seminars, DVD and app development, as well as publishing, marketing, and advertising strategies.

A nurse for more than 40 years, Dr. Vonfrolio is the President of Education Enterprises, a national nursing seminar company offering seminars, vacations, and educational products for nurses.

Karen Arca-Contreras, DNP, Department of Nursing Lecturer and Success Coach Coordinator in the Nursing Student Success Coaching and Retention Program, was pleased that, “The ‘Making a Million in Nursing Seminar’ gave participants detailed and expert insight on potential future opportunities available in the profession of nursing. I’m grateful to Dr. Vonfrolio for truly enlightening our students and opening their minds to areas of nursing that they may have never considered.”

Through the Nursing Student Success Coaching program, faculty success coaches assist students in developing, implementing, and evaluating a strategic plan to achieve short and long term educational goals.

“The literature indicates that all students can benefit from proactive and ongoing nursing support strategies, especially prior to and during the first semester,” Dr. Contreras stated.

Dr. Vonfrolio has appeared on Nightline with Ted Koppell and Good Morning America. She was on the cover of Income Opportunities and was featured in The Wall Street Journal three times. The author of 11 books and numerous articles, Dr. Vonfrolio has held positions of staff nurse, staff development instructor, and tenured Assistant Professor of Nursing at CSI.



Dawn Fairlie Feautured on EurekAlert!: The Global Source for Science News

Dawn Fairlie, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nursing at the College of Staten Island (CSI), was featured in the story, “Words and experience matter to surrogates making end-of-life decisions.” According to the article, Dr. Fairlie “investigated the relationship between end-of-life terminologies and decisional conflict — defined as a state of uncertainty about what actions should be taken when they involve risk, loss, regret, or a challenge to our values — in surrogate decision makers. She simulated a situation in which people were asked to decide whether to provide or withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation as end-of-life care for a loved one. Divided into two randomized groups, study participants received a survey packet that varied only in the phrases ‘Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)’ and ‘Allow Natural Death (AND).’ While the results revealed no difference in decisional conflict (perhaps because the situation was simulated rather than real), Dr. Fairlie did find that AND respondents perceived their decision as good and were eight times more likely to sign the document than DNR participants.”

Read the full feature on EurekAlert! The Global Source for Science News.



CSI Alumna Sharon Curley Nominated for “Most Inspirational Islander of 2016”

College of Staten Island alumna Sharon Curley is one of the nominees in the Staten Island Advance contest for the “The Most Inspirational Islander of 2016.” Graduating from CSI’s Nursing Program 30 years ago, Curley is now a Pediatric Nurse and Mental Health Advocate. The West Brighton resident has been called a “hard-working nurse, non-traditional student and phenomenal role model…,” as was reported on Staten Island (SI) Live.

To read the full story and to vote, visit the SI Live Web Site.