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.

 

 

International Nurses Association Welcomes CSI Alumna EJ Darling ’96

The International Nurses Association welcomes College of Staten Island (CSI) alumna EJ Darling, RN, BSN, MBA, to their organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

Darling graduated from CSI with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse and Director of Home Health Care for Redlands Community Hospital, Redlands, CA.

To read the full announcement, visit the Public Relations Buzz Web site.

 

 

 

Regina Gonzalez-Lama Participates in Parkinson’s Disease Training Program

Regina Gonzalez-Lama, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., and Lecturer at the College of Staten Island (CSI) participated in The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) at The Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at NYU Langone, one of eight training locations offered this year.. The 40-hour accredited “train the trainer” program is designed to improve nursing care in Parkinson’s disease by training nurse faculty leaders who, in turn, prepare their students to fight the disease on the front lines.

Gonzalez-Lama was joined by fellow faculty from undergraduate nursing programs across the United States who were immersed in academic instruction, hands-on experience with people with Parkinson’s, and mentorship from nurse specialists at nationally recognized movement disorder centers. By bringing this knowledge back to their students, she and her fellow scholars will help PDF to prepare the next generation of nurses to care for the growing population of people living with Parkinson’s disease.

 

 

CSI Strong: Transcultural Learning and Global Health Sciences

CSI Nursing student Derrick Tam presenting his poster on "Cardiovascular Health in Costa Rica" at the CSI Undergraduate Research Conference with Professor Regina Lama and Professor Nora Maloney.

The College of Staten Island (CSI) has received a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Award from a Santander Bank-sponsored competition to fund Transcultural Learning and Global Health Sciences Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica and New York City. The award will help to fund CSI Nursing students studying abroad as well as bring international students to the College.

“Nursing students at CSI are going to be working in an environment where they have a broad demographic and multicultural setting. They will enhance their transcultural skills, which is super important to them for work anywhere, particularly in the New York area,” commented Stephen Ferst, EdD, Executive Director of the CSI Center for Global Engagement.

“CSI is committed to internationalization, and this award will move that commitment forward,” noted Dr. Maureen Becker, Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas is to increase the number of U.S. students studying annually in the Western Hemisphere to 100,000, and the number of Western Hemisphere students studying in the United States to 100,000 annually by the year 2020. The Innovation Fund is a public-private collaboration of the White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

CSI Nursing students presenting at the Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society) Evidence-Based Expo at Richmond University Medical Center.

“The initiative really encapsulates joint research, community involvement in the U.S. and Costa Rica, undergraduate research, faculty involvement, global and cultural engagement, all rolled into one,” said Dr. Ferst.

CSI and the Universidad de IberoAmérica in San Jose, Costa Rica have created a unique study abroad program in Transcultural Learning and Global Health Sciences that aims to familiarize students with the theoretical framework underpinning transcultural healthcare provision, as well to contextualize comparisons among healthcare systems in the Americas; provide students with hands-on experiences through direct field observations, with the aim of deepening their understanding of cross-cultural issues in healthcare provision; increase students’ language skills in comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking; broaden and deepen students’ understanding of Latin American and U.S. cultures; and strengthen ties and enhance connections between the home and host university communities.

Led by Professor Regina Lama, a bilingual specialist in transcultural nursing, CSI has successfully run a study abroad program in Costa Rica with UNIBE for nursing students for four consecutive years. For the 2015 and 2016 sessions, this opportunity was expanded to include students from the Physical Therapy

Doctorate program at CSI. This Award allows CSI and UNIBE to build upon the already successful collaboration to increase the participation rates and to expand the partnership to include two-way exchange, joint research projects conducted by Costa Rican and U.S. students, presentations at conferences in both the U.S. and Costa Rica, and new collaborative linkages among faculty at both institutions.

 

Nursing Students to Benefit from Dr. Susan Brillhart’s Expertise

Dr. Susan Brillhart

Dr. Susan Brillhart fondly remembers September 2002; that was when she both became a full-time faculty member at The City University of New York (CUNY) and also began her life-changing service to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). This fall, Dr. Brillhart was happy to begin at the College of Staten Island (CSI) where she teaches pediatric nursing, bringing decades of field experience and knowledge to the classroom.

“As my teaching at CUNY is in pediatrics, I bring real-life hospital, as well as family and court experience, to my courses. Students see hospital stuff in clinicals but not things like medically fragile foster children and other sensitive real scenarios.”

With more than 30 years as a pediatric nurse, as well as significant disaster training under her belt, the Hoboken, NJ resident likens her work with CASA’s vulnerable population to her work with students at CUNY.

“CASA advocates for and helps individuals who need it, just as CUNY and CSI do. CSI has a huge population of talented underprivileged and low-income students. I try to serve under-represented and underserved individuals, and whether I’m teaching or advocating, it’s never a hand out; it’s a hand up so they can blossom,” noted Dr. Brillhart, adding excitedly that, “CUNY makes outstanding students! If you empower them, they absolutely fly and you proudly sit back and watch.”

Dr. Brillhart’s work with CASA was recently highlighted in an article in New Jersey Monthly.

Dr. Arlene Farren, Chair of the Department of Nursing, commented, “We are very pleased to have Susan join the Nursing Department faculty. Her work at CUNY, as well as in the community at large, is truly commendable, and she is an absolute asset to the Department, School of Health Sciences, and College.”

 

 

Studying Abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica

Georgiy Lyzhin '16

Georgiy Lyzhin ’16 completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in January 2016, but not before he traveled to Costa Rica with CSI’s faculty-led program, where he earned nursing credit!

Hola! My name is Georgiy Lyzhin and I just graduated the College of Staten Island with a major in Nursing.  Over the January 2016 Intersession, I had the chance to study abroad in Costa Rica for 3 weeks.  It was a Faculty-Led program from the Nursing department that gives students the opportunity to be immersed in an entirely different culture, studying the Spanish language, and experiencing firsthand the healthcare system that is followed there.

Being in a foreign country with a language different from yours for 3 weeks is an unreal and absolutely amazing experience.  It is a rare opportunity that everyone should experience.  I was assigned to a family that welcomed me with open arms and opened up their house to me; even though there was a huge language barrier between us.  Just imagine both parties having minimal knowledge of the other person’s language and trying to communicate basic needs or wants.  Looking back and comparing day 1 to day 21, I was surprised of my and the whole groups’ new language abilities.

Costa Rica is truly an incredible, beautiful country that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.  It is filled with lush rainforest, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking mountainous landscape.  Costa Rica is well known for their chocolate, coffee, and tourism.  The locals there, called ticas and ticos follow the Pura Vida lifestyle, which, translates to Pure Life, and is a perspective of a relaxed, laidback, and positive life.  Living the Pura Vida lifestyle has really inspired me and had me advocating this type of living to everyone back home.

While abroad, I’ve met so many wonderful people that I will always remember, from my host mom and her family, to our drivers and tour guides, to the staff at the university where we studied and the clinics, and of course, to the students that were part of our trip.  Spending so much time with these people, you form relationships that are truly unforgettable.

Apart from the trips to the national parks, volcanoes, beach resorts, spas and local city tours, we spent a great deal of time understanding and experiencing the healthcare system of this country.  Costa Rica heavily invests in its healthcare system, to provide public health to working citizens.  Visualizing the equipment in the hospitals and clinics, and comparing and contrasting nursing in Costa Rica to nursing in the United States, I was able to attain a whole new perspective on this field.

Throughout my entire undergraduate career, I have been dreaming of studying abroad.  Having finally gone in my last semester, I could not be happier.  It was an amazing experience and I would like to thank CSI, my professors, and the Verrazano school for guiding me and helping me make my dream become a reality.  Pura Vida!!

To read more about exciting exploration, visit The Verrazano Voyager homepage.