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NERBNA celebrates its 40th anniversary

connell school news

02/15/12

William F. Connell School of Nursing helps the New England Regional Black Nurses Association celebrate its 40th Anniversary.

The Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing was honored to be a sponsor of the New England Regional Black Nurses Association’s (NERBNA) 40th Anniversary Celebration. Faculty, students, and alumni were on hand to participate in the festivities.

On top of Dean Susan Gennaro being a part of the welcome video for the entire event, two CSON alumni were given awards during the 24th Excellence in Nursing Award Celebration that took place during the 40th Anniversary event.

Kelly DePina, RN, B.S.N., CPN was given an Excellence in Nursing Practice award. According to NERBNA, she was chosen for this award “for her excellent knowledge base and assessment skills. Kelly’s strengths lie in her ability to make strong therapeutic alliances with patients, families, and advocates appropriately. She works well with all members of the health care team and uses her collaboration skills to help effect positive outcomes for patients and families.” DePina earned her B.S.N. from Boston College and is a Certified Pediatric Nurse.

Tricia Gordon, RN, B.S.N. also won an Excellence in Nursing Practice award. She is a Staff Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Clinical Instructor for Boston College Undergraduate Nursing Students, where she earned her BSN and is pursuing her M.S.N. NERBNA chose her for this award because “she is the ultimate preceptor. She is able to stimulate her students into thinking and provides alternative ideas to learning by incorporating numerous resources available for her students to find the answer, rather than providing the answer.”

Jane Tuitt, RN, M.S.N., WHNP was given the award for Excellence in Education/Teaching. Tuitt is serving as the Clinical Director of Dorchester High School Based Health Center and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Codman Square Health Center. NERBNA chose her for this award because she exemplifies the melding together of her years of experience making her an unsung hero to the communities and constituencies she has served. Tuitt received her M.S.N. from the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College.