2021-2022 NJNS Board of Directors

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President 

Jenna Lee,  Rutgers University School of Nursing

Hello, New Jersey nursing students! My name is Jenna Lee, and I am honored to serve as the 2021-2022 President of New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS). I am currently a rising senior at Rutgers School of Nursing in New Brunswick, working towards my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

 

As First Vice President of NJNS last year, I had the great opportunity to help organize and experience the virtual Council of School Participants (COSP) and annual convention. Through perseverance and persistence, my fellow board members and I were able to successfully navigate through the virtual circumstances that COVID-19 has brought upon us. Seeing our uncertainties unfold into triumphs has inspired me to utilize what I have learned from last term to serve as President of this year’s board.

 

The first time that I attended the Council of School Participants (COSP) and convention was in 2019. I remember leaving feeling inspired to make a positive impact on patients’ lives knowing that a hospital is one of the places where people feel most vulnerable. The amount of power that nurses hold in improving a patient’s hospital experience is incredible, and it encourages me to one day be able to be someone’s hero. I admire how this shared passion can bring students from all over New Jersey to one place in pursuit of networking and growing professionally.

 

Outside of nursing, my hobbies include reading, fitness and hiking. Also, I love trying new foods in different places!

 

I am looking forward to serving as the President of NJNS, and to serve as a positive role model to the nursing students of New Jersey. I am thrilled to work with this year’s board in creating the next wonderful COSP and annual convention. I hope to see you all there! If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me at president@njnsinc.org.

Jenna Lee

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First Vice-President

Jessica Zheng, Rutgers University School of Nursing 

Hello, New Jersey nursing students! My name is Jessica Zheng, and I’m honored to serve as the newly elected First Vice President of the New Jersey Nursing Students Inc. (NJNS) for the 2021-2022 term. I am currently a rising senior at the Rutgers School of Nursing in New Brunswick in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Nursing.

As the newly elected First Vice President, it is my hope to increase awareness of the importance of student nurses’ participation in our state and national organizations. I believe increased engagement translates to better nursing practices for the future leaders of nursing and prepares us as change agents of healthcare policy to support marginalized communities who lack representation in the healthcare system.

My involvement with NJNS started as a monitor and an attendee at the NJNS Convention and Council of School Participants (COSP) in 2018-2019. I was inspired and awed by the dedication, passion, leadership, and outstanding efforts of the board members to create enriching and meaningful experiences for aspiring nurses and sparked my desire to serve as the 2020-2021 Resolutions Director. This experience expanded my knowledge of the nursing profession and requisite research to raise awareness of the mental health needs in marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. I had the opportunity to advocate, engage my peers in underlying and worth noting issues, and make policy recommendations on a state and national level.

I continue to promote nursing service in school and community organizations. I am an active member of Rutgers School of Nursing (RUSON) Public Relations Committee, Community Outreach Committee, and an official Rutgers School of Nursing (RUSON) Brand Ambassador. Additionally, I work with Health, Outreach, Promotion, and Education (HOPE), focusing on peer health education, mental health awareness, and community engagement and I look forward to my new position as the 2021-2022 Resolutions Director for Rutgers School Nurses’ Association (RSNA).

Aside from nursing, my hobbies and interests include fitness, health and wellness, exploring nature, reading and writing, and spending time with my friends and family.

Once again, I am honored to serve as NJNS First Vice President. I am excited to work with the rest of the board to have a successful 2021 COSP and 2022 NJNS Convention. I am excited to see what the future will bring; I am humbled to be part of this organization and to learn from my fellow board members and the advisors. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me at 1stvp@njnsinc.org.

Jessica Zheng

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Second Vice-President & Resolutions Director 

Justinna Dixon, Rutgers University School of Nursing 

Hello! My name is Justinna Dixon and I am serving as the Second Vice President and Resolutions Director of New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc (NJNS) for the 2019-2020 term. I am currently a rising senior at Rutgers School of Nursing New Brunswick.

My time as a student at Rutgers University has been a transformative experience for me. I began as an undecided student, but I knew I had an interest in health care. After taking a course geared towards undecided students interested in nursing (taught by a past NJNS board member!), I decided nursing was the route for me. I realized I wanted to become a nurse because I want to impact the world in ways bigger than myself and I believe becoming a nurse is a way to impact the lives of many.

As a nursing student, I have made it my mission to advocate for underserved populations. I have served as a member of the Rutgers School of Nursing’s community outreach committee and have volunteered at various events that serve the community surrounding Rutgers – New Brunswick and Newark.

It was through my volunteer work that I realized I wanted to make a difference in a larger way, and research would be my way to achieve this goal.  My interest in health care policy influenced me to pursue positions as a research assistant for the Rutgers School of Social Work and at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research.

My solidified interest in health care research inspired me to become a member of my school's Resolutions Committee and run to become a member of the NJNS board as Second Vice President and Resolutions Director. In addition to nursing, I am interested in public health and after graduating, I plan on working as a psychiatric/ mental health nurse before pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing.

I am excited to work with the rest of the board to have a successful 2019 COSP and 2020 NJNS Convention. I will also work diligently to create and present a resolution at our state’s convention and at the National Student Nurses’ Association Convention. It is my hope that I will make a difference in a policy that affects nursing students on a state and national level.

Please feel free to email me at njnursingstudents@gmail.com with questions, ideas or suggestions you may have!

 

Justinna Dixon

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Secretary 

Christine He, Rutgers University School of Nursing

Hello, New Jersey nursing students! My name is Christine He. I am honored and ecstatic to serve as the secretary of the New Jersey Nursing Students Inc. (NJNS) for 2019-2020. I am a sophomore at the Rutgers School of Nursing in New Brunswick in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Nursing. 

My first discovery of NJNS was through the Council of School Participants (COSP) 2019. Through COSP, my knowledge of the nursing profession grew immensely and my wavering decision to continue with this path became solidified. I also had the privilege to serve as a monitor for the NJNS 2019 Annual Convention. The outstanding efforts of the board members sparkled my flame. Through COSP and the convention, I became inspired to work with a group of amazing individuals who shares the objectives of providing resources to further the professional goals of both current and future nurses.

As a nursing student, I began to explore different paths by volunteering in various environments and working with diverse amounts of people. I am currently a Peak Potential volunteer, which allows me to work with children with disabilities. These experiences inspired me to pursue the nursing profession.

Aside from nursing, my hobbies include participating in a wide range of outdoor sports, including rock climbing and dragon boating. I also love traveling to gain new perspectives; so far, I have visited 6 countries and plan to travel to at least 50 in my lifetime.

Once again, I am honored to serve as the NJNS Secretary. I look forward to hearing from you and I hope to see you all at our Fall 2019 COSP and our annual convention in February 2020. You may reach me at secretary@njnsinc.org.

Christine He

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Treasurer

2019-2020 

CLOSED 

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Pulsebeat Editor / Public Relations Director

Suraya Momtaz, Rutgers University School of Nursing 

Hello everyone, my name is Suraya Momtaz and I am the Pulsebeat editor/Public Relations Director of New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS). I am currently a rising Junior at Rutgers School of Nursing. My goal is to attain my Bachelor of Science.

 

Since childhood, I have always wanted to work in the healthcare field but was unsure of which profession to pursue. I have always appreciated the dedication of the healthcare professionals and their determination to give the best care. After taking Health Dynamics in high school, nursing is the first profession that sparked my interest. My admiration to the nursing profession grew while volunteering at a rehabilitation center and nursing home. Through the nurses’ care and compassion inspired me to pursue the nursing profession.

 

Being involved in nursing students’ organizations has been my passion ever since I enrolled in Rutgers Nursing program. I served as a committee member of Rutgers School of Nursing (RUSON) Public Relations Committee, Fundraising Co-Director of Rutgers Student Nurses Association (RSNA), Vice President of Rutgers Ethnic Student Nurses’ Association (RESNA) and recently elected as President of RUSON Newark Council for Student Senate and Newark Representative of RSNA. Through these leadership positions, I was able to learn about the ethics of commitment and teamwork that are required to deliver the best outcomes for the community of nursing students.

 

I attended NJNS 2019 convention as a monitor and appreciated the organization’s mission to help nursing students to become distinguished nurses. The experiences of the speakers made me realize the opportunities to grow in the nursing profession. I was inspired to be part of NJNS as a board member. My goal as a Pulsebeat editor/Public Relations Director is to increase nursing students’ awareness and involvement.  

 

Other than being a nursing student, I love to spend quality time with family and friends. In my spare time, I binge watch Korean dramas. In addition, I am always willing to try foods from different cultures. One of my goals for the future is to travel around the world and meet people from different ethnic backgrounds.

 

I am honored to serve you as your Pulsebeat Editor/Public Relations Director. You may contact me at publicrelations@njnsinc.org. with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Suraya Momtaz

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Membership / Nominations Director

Yeonjin Arlene Cho, Rutgers University School of Nursing

Hello, New Jersey nursing students! My name is Yeonjin Cho. I am honored to be your Membership/Nominations Director of New Jersey Student Nurses, Inc. (NJNS) for  2019-2020. I am currently a senior, pursuing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Nursing at Rutgers School of Nursing in Newark.

 

After attending Robertwood Johnson’s Summer Health Professionals Education Program, my interest in the nursing profession ignited. It amazes me every day that nurses have the privilege to care for people during their best and worst times. I have gained valuable insights from working and volunteering at different workforces such as a hospital, a clinic, cafes, and restaurants. These experiences help me understand different diversities, backgrounds, culture, and point of views while learning to communicate effectively.

 

Currently, I work at a clinic as a medical receptionist/assistant. I was involved in Student Senate as Newark Representative for the Class Council of 2020 for the past three years. I will be continuing as a treasurer in Rutgers Student Senate e-board for 2019-2020 academic year. All these experiences helped my love and passion for nursing to grow. When I have spare time, I love making coffee, watching movies and tv shows, drawing, and dancing!


After attending 2018 NJNS, Inc. Convention for three days as a delegate, I was very impressed by how the nursing students ran this state-level organization in a very professional manner. This inspired me to be a part of this organization. I am very excited to serve you and to work with NJNS board members. I am hoping to meet you and share the benefits and opportunities NJNS has to offer. You may email me at membership@njnsinc.org and thank you for this opportunity.

Yeonjin Arlene Cho

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Population and Global Health Director

Christina Lee, Rutgers University School of Nursing

Hello everyone! My name is Christina Lee, NJNS Population and Global Health Director. I am thrilled and humbled to be serving you this year, and in taking our vision of community health and turning it into a reality for our organization. Here we are connecting the dots of public health and nursing practice with transformational research and bold alliance. My goal this year is to produce an engaging culture for healthcare through integrated people-centred empowerment and greater awareness so that our community can participate in an active role for their own health and their own lives.


An education in nursing opened doors I never thought ever existed. For the past several years, I traveled to the rural areas of Bolivia - volunteering in hospitals, clinics, and local communities. In Puerto Rico - working to bridge the threads of damage left by Hurricane Maria.


These experiences compounded and inspired me to tell more stories and create lasting memories with other nursing leaders with the motivation that one day I could impact the world in such a way - start with touching the hearts of people who seek us, and to health and build with what resources we have.


As Population and Global Health Director at New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS), I oversee projects that empower healthcare education and public action for integral change. My overarching goal for 2019-2020 is to promote health literacy in communities and explore the perspectives and future directions of healthcare innovation.


Previously, I held positions as Vice President and Secretary of Class Council of 2020 and University Senator of Rutgers Student Governance. I took part in a number of philanthropic enterprises as member of the Community Outreach. Currently, I am pursuing practice in research as a consultant for Kessler Foundation and Children’s Specialized Hospital, and hold an active membership in the Resolutions Committee of RSNA to build a working foundation to guide my clinical practice and community involvement.


Outside of school, I thoroughly enjoy the adventures of traveling to new destinations, learning foreign languages, spending time in nature, and practicing yoga. I am now on my way to completing my remaining year for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and hope to one day become a travel nurse and work in underserved countries around the world.


If there is a health issue or topic you would like for us to promote, please feel free to contact me directly at communityhealth@njnsinc.org.

Christina Lee

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Health Policy and Advocacy Director

Cherita Morgan, RN, Eastern International College 

Hello, my name is Cherita Morgan and I am honored to serve as the 2019-2020 Health Policy
and Advocacy Director of the New Jersey Nursing Students Inc. (NJNS). I am a proud graduate of
Eastern International College in Belleville, where I obtained my A.A.S in nursing this past May.
My plan is to enroll in an RN to BSN program in the spring of 2020 and follow through with a
degree in nursing administration. My overall goal is to earn a doctoral degree in nursing.


Having spent the past three years as an active Student Ambassador and Student Vice President in student council, I enjoyed being a positive leader and mentor to my peers. As vice president, I co-created and designed the first student council policy book. I worked with my team to organize events such as blood drives, food donation, winter coat drives, and bake sales. I participated in faculty meetings as a representative of the student body where I voiced positive and negative concerns brought up by our students and introduced possible resolutions. I am passionate about learning new things and sharing them with others. I joined NJNS because I was inspired after attending their 2018 and 2019 conventions. NJNS strives to bring a voice to nursing students across the state and can pave the way for future opportunities to positively impact nursing education and the nursing profession. I am passionate about the future of nursing and patient care, therefore NJNS is a great place to start making a difference.


I am interested in healthcare policy development and how it will impact nurses and the community as a whole . As the Health Policy and Advocacy Director, I look forward to attending state legislative meetings. I will keep the nursing students of New Jersey updated on current healthcare issues through the NJNS publication, Pulsebeat. I believe that nurses can influence policy-making and I am excited to learn how I can contribute to the improvement of health care in New Jersey. I am also excited to work alongside the NJNS board members and to represent all nursing students of New Jersey.

 

If you have questions about NJ health policies, NJNS, or how to get involved, do not hesitate to contact me at legislation@njnsinc.org. I look forward to helping you.

Cherita Morgan, RN

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Resolutions Director 

Justinna Dixon, Rutgers University School of Nursing 

Regarding resolutions, please feel free to email me at njnursingstudents@gmail.com with questions, ideas or suggestions you may have!

Justinna Dixon

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Breakthrough to Nursing Director 

2019-2020

CLOSED 

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Fundraising Director

Dharti Patel, Rutgers University School of Nursing

Hello New Jersey nursing students! My name is Dharti Patel, and I am honored to serve as your 2019-2020 Fundraising Director of the New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS). I am a rising junior at Rutgers University School of Nursing in New Brunswick. Along with my pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), I am also completing a minor in Psychology with a great interest in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

 

My first introduction to New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS) occurred when I attended the Council of School Participants (COSP). At this event, I learned the importance of NJNS for nursing students. Through COSP, students can gain insight into the nursing profession. The sheer commitment the Board of Directors displayed during COSP, and my curiosity for the professional aspects of nursing inspired me to be part of this pre-professional organization.

 

I was drawn to the healthcare field after experiencing the positive impact compassionate nurses can make on an individual's life. Since then, I have volunteered at a variety of healthcare systems including hospitals and nursing homes. Currently, I am an active member of the Community Outreach and Public Relations Committees at Rutgers University. Through this organization, I have helped plan social and academic events centered around holidays and other festivities, for the student body. Outside of nursing, I enjoy watching thriller movies, painting, and spending hours listening to Imagine Dragons!

 

I am very excited to apply my leadership and creative skills in planning COSP and Convention. I am looking forward to working with the NJNS board members and to serve you as the Fundraising Director. If you have any fundraising ideas or questions, please feel free to contact me at fundraising@njnsinc.org.

Dharti Patel