HUMC Holds Graduation Ceremony for Nurses in Blood and Marrow Transplant Fellowship Program

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the third annual Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) RN Fellowship Graduation Ceremony
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the third annual Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) RN Fellowship Graduation Ceremony for nine registered nurses. Front row sitting, left to right (fellow graduates): Ruth Guzman-Peralta, BSN, RN; Portia Alvarado, BSN, RN; Erin O’Connor, BSN, RN; Aleksandra Zdulska, BSN, RN; Diana Cardona-Munoz, BSN, RN; Mi La Kang, BSN, RN; Beth Calvanese, BSN, RN; Julia Brehl, BSN, RN, CHPN; and Allison Martell, BSN, RN. Back row standing, left to right: Anne Corbett, MS, BSN, RN, nurse manager, 8PE and 8PW Bone Marrow and Transplant, BMT RN Fellowship coordinator, Hackensack University Medical Center; Judy Miranda Rankin, DNP, RN director, Inpatient Oncology; Jennifer Mazzella, BSN, RN and mentor to the fellows; Carolina Coutinho, BSN, RN and mentor to the fellows; Heather Gibson, ASN, RN and mentor to the fellows; Nicole Montes, BSN, RN, OCN and mentor to the fellows; April Camiling, MSN, RN, clinical nurse specialist; Brenda Diaz, MSN, RN, APN, AOCNS, BMTCN, education specialist; and Michele L. Donato, M.D., FACP, CPE, chief, Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program.

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the third annual Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) RN Fellowship Graduation Ceremony for nine registered nurses. The nurses are from 8PE and 8PW Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) units.

To facilitate the challenging and rewarding journey and requirements to excel as a specialty nurse, the BMT units created a BMT RN Fellowship. This 12-month training program is designed to prepare new nursing graduates and nurses who have no prior or limited work experience in a stem cell transplant setting with the specialty training to succeed.

“We are only as good as our nurses and we certainly would not have one of the premiere Bone Marrow and Transplant programs in the nation, if not for our talented and dedicated nurses,” said Michele L. Donato, M.D., FACP, CPE, chief, Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program, Hackensack University Medical Center. “I thank each of the fellows for their hard work and dedication to our patients and I congratulate them on this well-deserved honor.”

The program is tailored to meet each individual’s specific training needs with focus on the clinical and classroom settings. The fellowship is offered yearly and applications for a position in the fellowship are accepted online through the standard employment process by applying for RN positions on 8 Pavilion East/Stem Cell or 8 Pavilion West BMT.

“I am so proud of our RN fellowship graduates for achieving this accomplishment,” said Anne Corbett, MS, BSN, RN, nurse manager, 8PE and 8PW Bone Marrow and Transplant, and BMT RN fellowship coordinator, Hackensack University Medical Center. “We now have 18 graduates who have come through the RN Fellowship program since 2016. Hackensack University Medical Center was the first hospital in the country to offer this type of program and I thank the mentors and preceptors who allowed the fellows to shadow and learn from them. Our fellows and mentors are an inspiration and their efforts truly demonstrate excellence in patient care.”

“This is an important career milestone and professional achievement for each of our BMT nurse fellows,” said Judy Miranda Rankin, DNP, RN, director, Inpatient Oncology, Hackensack University Medical Center. “It is a very proud moment for our nurses who are committed to excel in their delivery of care of their patients. They will continue to be inspired each and every day to be the very best in providing quality and compassionate care for our patients and their family members. Our gratitude goes to the leaders, educators, mentors and colleagues who supported and guided our nurses in their journey of becoming a BMT nurse fellow.”

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