Department of Nursing 50th Anniversary Celebration
From left, Rosanne Raso, Kathryn Richardson, Thomas Smith and Hon. Yvonne Graham
The Department of Nursing at New York City College of Technology celebrated its 50th anniversary at an on-campus gala reception and dinner, awards ceremony and silent auction on April 20, 2012 that attracted 150 guests. Proceeds from the event will help fund the department’s student scholarship program. The event was catered by Irene Henderson of Lani’s Marketplace & Catering Company, while two musical groups, Ron Carlton and Backed Up Soul and The Based Quartet, provided lively entertainment throughout the evening.
During a festive reception at the start of the evening, department alumni, students, faculty and staff honored three friends and supporters of the program: Rosanne Raso, RN, MS, CNAA, senior vice president for nursing services at Lutheran Medical Center and co-founder/co-president of the Brooklyn Nursing Partnership; Thomas Smith, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and senior vice president at Maimonides Medical Center; and Hon. Yvonne J. Graham, NYS associate commissioner of health and former Brooklyn deputy borough president and CEO of the Caribbean Women’s Health Association. The three were saluted for the pioneering role that each has played in the area of public health. The awards were presented by three faculty members, Professor Celeste Waddy, Dr. Carmel Dato and Professor Patricia Lynch. Dr. Elaine Leinung served as mistress of ceremonies.
City Tech President Russell K. Hotzler, Dean of Professional Studies Barbara Grumet and other speakers talked about the critical role the department has played since 1961 in helping meet the city, state and nation’s critical shortage of nurses and also commended Professor Kathryn Richardson, retiring department chairperson, for all that she has done across the years to enhance the nursing program. Her leadership was instrumental in the establishment of the department’s baccalaureate program introduced in 2006.
The event concluded with a buffet dinner in City Tech’s award-winning Janet Lefler Dining Room and announcement of the winners of a silent auction held earlier in the evening. Auction items included brunches, lunches and dinners at several of New York City top restaurants, Broadway theatre tickets, gift baskets and an assortment of hand-crafted art. The staff of the College’s Office of Development played an instrumental role in helping stage the scholarship fundraising event.
Healthcare is one of the most rapidly expanding industries in the nation and the College’s two degree programs in nursing – the associate in applied science (AAS) and the bachelor of science for registered nurses – are among its most competitive offerings. The AAS program is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and is approved by the New York State Education Department. On average, City Tech nursing graduates pass the National Council Licensing Examination with higher mean scores than the combined average of all schools of nursing in New York State. Based on Watson's Theory of Caring, the program emphasizes the knowledge and skills required to become a registered professional nurse. In addition to nursing courses, the program includes study in the biological sciences, psychology and general education. Students practice nursing skills both in College laboratories and affiliated New York City hospitals, community health agencies and long-term care facilities.
The BS program is for registered nurses who want to become nurse leaders and managers as well as develop their critical thinking and research skills. The program is accredited by the New York State Education Department and the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. It provides associate degree and diploma prepared registered professional nurses with the education and skills necessary to become leaders and managers in a variety of health care settings, and baccalaureate prepared nurses are integral collaborative members of diverse interdisciplinary healthcare teams.