Touro’s First Class Draws NorthBay Nurses

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February, 4, 2015

When Touro University staff helped the 32 members of its inaugural School of Nursing class into crisp white coats during a special ceremony in January, 17 of them were NorthBay Healthcare nurses, many with full-time jobs, seeking to further their careers.

All took the 18-month program to earn their master’s degree in nursing.

Touro’s nursing school was developed to help local nurses meet upgraded requirements and develop their leadership capabilities.

While the white coat ceremony usually symbolizes the move to working with patients, this group of working nurses experienced the ceremony as a symbol of their transition to a new type of nursing role.

“(The ceremony) really symbolizes their transformation into the role of clinical nurse leader,” Dr. Ann Stoltz, director of the School of Nursing, said. “They’re already nurses. So it really signifies them changing their role and transforming themselves.”

A number of NorthBay nurses served as preceptors for students, including Elizabeth Gladney, Anna Satake, Deb Thorson, Amy Ziegler, Katie Lydon, Jenny Quinn, Elisa Jang, Nicole Navarro, Tricia Fenili, Laura McGuire, Shelley Johnson, Julian Gallegos, Barb Abeling and Becky Lessler. Elizabeth and Elisa each preceptored three students, while Anna took two and the rest preceptored one each.

Those from NorthBay Healthcare receiving white coats during the ceremony were Valerie Alenza, Cathy Carrasco, Amy Ciraulo, Christopher Cruz, Michelle Harris, Patricia Lam, Shannon Maria, Anne Niffenegger, Chelestina Patzer, Noelle Stein, Lydia Day, Danielle (Callen) Manno, Sonya Seslar-Pagsolingan, Evelyn Prakash, Melinda Boontip, Checotah Mansell, Michelle Orton and Jennifer Tudor. 

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