Essex County Residents Honored as Berkeley College School of Health Studies Pins Nursing Graduates

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018
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Graduates of the Berkeley College School of Health Studies Practical Nurse (PN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs were honored during a pinning ceremony held on May 4, 2018 in Woodland Park, NJ.  


The following PN graduates from Essex County, NJ, were recognized and received nursing pins:


- Ange Ettien of Bloomfield

- Nadja Fischlechner of Bloomfield

- Melanie Sifuentes-Hernani of Fairfield


Josiane Hickson, EdD, RN-BC, NE-BC, Chair, Nursing and Patient Care Technician programs, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, gave the welcome address and congratulated the graduates. “You’ve been armed with the power and knowledge of nursing,” Dr. Hickson said.  “Go out and provide excellent clinical care and advocate for healthcare as a human right, regardless of where your patients were born, their ability to pay, the color of their skin or their gender. Treat your patients with dignity, respect and compassion. These are the basic human rights that we at Berkeley College have impressed upon you.” 


Eva Skuka, MD, PhD, Dean, Berkeley College School of Health Studies, also addressed the graduates. “Now you get to realize your dreams of becoming a nurse, to put into practice all that you have learned and to conquer new challenges,” she said. “We hope that you are inspired to become the best nurses for your patients, and wish you long careers with fond memories of your days at Berkeley College.”


In addition to the PN program, Berkeley College offers the first and only Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program in New Jersey. The College’s expanded Health Studies offerings provide a premier pathway to career growth in nursing and other health and medical-related fields.   


After receiving their honors, the 34 graduates recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge, promising to uphold the integrity of the nursing profession.


In this profession, those with a BSN are Registered Nurses who carry out an expanded role in their assignments. They collaborate and coordinate with members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team to create, provide and evaluate customized care plans for their patients. They engage in wellness promotion, disease prevention and health maintenance with a focus on patient-centered education, and they are prepared to conduct to improve nursing practices and healthcare outcomes.


Practical Nurses provide care to their patients in a variety of healthcare environments, including physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers and home healthcare settings.

The Berkeley College School of Health Studies was created to provide career-focused education in some of today’s most in-demand healthcare professions – in clinical specializations, as well as healthcare administration and management. Degree and certificate programs have been carefully developed to meet the needs of this important field.   

Photo Caption: At the pinning ceremony of the Berkeley College School of Health Studies held on May 4, 2018, in Woodland Park, NJ, nurses graduating from the Practical Nurse program, as well as New Jersey’s first and only Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, receive recognition and nursing pins before taking the Florence Nightingale pledge.  


A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has four New Jersey campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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