2020-2021 NJNS Board of Directors

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President 

James Spivey, Essex County College

 

Hello everyone! My name is James Spivey and I am ecstatic and humbled to serve as the 2020-2021 President of New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS). I am also a proud graduate of Essex County College in Newark, where I obtained my Associate Degree in Nursing this past May 2020. My plan is to enroll in an RN to BSN program in the fall of 2020 and hopefully become a family nurse practitioner.  
 

After entering the second year of the nursing program at Essex County Community College, I became the 2019-2020 Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) President. During my term as SNA President, we organized a fundraising event for the annual pinning ceremony, Essex County College daycare center, and we were able to start a student scholarship. Additionally, our SNA chapter worked with the local youth in Union and Essex County, New Jersey to educate and promote health and nursing. Throughout the year, our chapter conducted community service events that allowed us to give back to the city of Roselle and Newark, NJ. 


During the NJNS convention in Atlantic City, I noticed that there were no representation of male nursing students in the NJNS board of directors.  Seeing this trend both in chapter level and state level inspired me to fill the missing representation.  As the current President of the organization, my goal is to build a Board that embodies the mission of NJNS, “to advocate for and contribute to advances in nursing education; and develop nursing students who are prepared to lead the profession in the future.” 
 

Aside from nursing, my interests include composing music, traveling, teaching karate, and mobilizing community activism. I currently lead a non-profit organization called the Progressive Young Democratic Association.  This organization focuses on uplifting the youth and community. One goal that I have as President is expanding this community involvement and integrating it on a larger scale through NJNS.
 

Once again, I am humbled to serve as President of NJNS for the term 2020-2021 and I look forward to working alongside the NJNS board members and to represent all nursing students of New Jersey. Please feel free to email me at  president@njnsinc.org with questions, ideas or suggestions you may have!

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First Vice-President

Jenna Lee, Rutgers School of Nursing 

 

Hello, New Jersey nursing students! My name is Jenna Lee, and I am honored to serve as the 2020-2021 First Vice-President of New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS). I am currently a rising junior at Rutgers School of Nursing in New Brunswick, working towards my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.


In October of 2019, I attended the Council of School Participants (COSP) for the first time, and I was fascinated after hearing so many unique stories from various speakers. The amount of love they shared for the nursing profession was truly infectious and made me inspired to follow their footsteps. This experience ignited a spark in me, and it made me motivated and excited to make an impact on other people’s lives. After attending the NJNS convention as a monitor, I was amazed by how the passion of nursing can bring students from all over New Jersey to one place in pursuit of gaining resources to grow professionally and to build a network with diverse individuals. It was very eye-opening to see professional nurses as well as aspiring nurses to share this valuable experience and learn from each other.


Aside from NJNS, I have been a member of Rutgers Student Nurses Association (RSNA) since my freshman year. This past year, I was happy to serve as the Resolutions Committee of RSNA, where I helped contribute writing this year’s resolution. Through this experience I have gained valuable skills in working collaboratively with others, and my passion for nursing has grown tremendously ever since. Additionally, I have served as a volunteer of Rutgers Reach Out and Read (ROAR) where I read to kids at the Eric B. Chandler Health Center in promoting the importance of early childhood literacy in impoverished communities. 


Outside of nursing, my hobbies consist of reading, dancing, hiking, and thrift shopping! Also, I love exploring new food places and making coffee!


I am looking forward serving as the First Vice-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 1stvp@njnsinc.org. 

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Second Vice-President  

Babatunde Adewusi, Essex County College 

Greetings to all New Jersey nurses and all future nurses. My name is Babatunde Adewusi and I am excited and looking forward to serving you as the 2020-2021 New Jersey Nursing Students (NJNS) Second Vice President. I recently graduated from Essex County College School of Nursing, Newark NJ with an Associate Degree in Nursing and Associate Degree in General Science which will be completed this summer of 2020. I am planning to register for the RN-BSN by the Spring of 2021. My goal is to obtain my terminal degree in nursing practice. 

My Journey at Essex County College School of Nursing has been very challenging, but very educative and enjoyable at the same time. During my Nursing program, I was made to realize that we can best function as a team if we are dedicated, focused, driven by the same goals, and communicate effectively the outcomes will be great.
 
Even though I have found myself in other careers, my heart has always been in the health care sector. I started my journey in health care as a Nurse's Aide, Certified Phlebotomist, and Patient Care Technician in the ER. As a lover of people, my dream has always been to help and take care of others. My love for the Nursing profession kept me focused on achieving my goal, and finally found myself where I belong. I do not know what else I might be doing if not this. Outside of nursing, my interests are traveling, meeting people, reading, music, and watching soccer. 

During the NJNS 2020 convention, I was among the delegates that represented my school, and while attending the delegates meetings I observed the need for diversity, which became my driving force to be part of the NJNS executive office. I was also inspired by the way the NJNS board held a well-organized and impacting convention, and would like to be part of it and contribute to such a great event.

Again, I thank you for allowing me to serve you as the Second Vice President and I am looking forward to the great heights we are all about to take this organization to. Please feel free to contact me at 2ndvp@njnsinc.org for suggestions, concerns, contributions, and ideas. 

Babatunde Adewusi.

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Secretary 

Raymond Flores, Rutgers School of Nursing

Hello New Jersey Nursing Students! My name is Raymond Flores, and I’ll be serving as your secretary of the New Jersey Nursing Students (NJNS) for 2020-2021. I am a rising sophomore at Rutgers School of Nursing in Newark, working on my Bachelor of Science Degree.

My introduction with NJNS started with the Council of School Participants (COSP), and their presentation on the new faces of nursing. I appreciated the efforts and became intrigued by the information presented. Serving as a monitor for NJNS’ 68th Annual Convention is what truly inspired me to go above and beyond for this organization. I want to help facilitate such an awe-inspiring experience for career driven individuals.

Previously, I had served as the Freshman Representative and a Public Relations officer for Rutgers University, and I currently serve as the treasurer for the  RUSON-Newark Council, all of which have only enhanced my passion for the field of nursing.

Outside of nursing, I love to unwind by drawing on my iPad, and playing video games with the boys. Additionally, I have started to pick up cooking, and I’ve been experimenting with different recipes.

I am truly honored to be serving as your NJNS Secretary. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to reach me at secretary@njnsinc.org.

Raymond Flores
 

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Treasurer

Argylle Lubang, Rutgers School of Nursing 

Hello everyone! My name is Argylle Lubang and I’m honored to serve you as the 2020-2021 Treasurer of New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS). I am currently a senior at Rutgers School of Nursing, pursuing my Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Nursing and minoring in Health Administration.

Attending the NJNS Council of School Participants (COSP) 2019 inspired me to serve as a monitor during the NJNS 2020 Annual Convention. The effort and dedication of the board members hosting these events were very encouraging. These two events introduced me to speakers who showed me wide opportunities in nursing. The work of the amazing board members to create successful and helpful events motivated me to become part of the NJNS board. 

During the 2019-2020 academic year, I served as the Treasurer at Large and Community Outreach Chairperson for Rutgers Student Senate, Fundraising Co-Director for Rutgers Student Nurses’ Association (RSNA), and a Faculty Nominated Peer Tutor for the Rutgers School of Nursing. This 2020-2021 academic year, I will be the President and Community Outreach Chairperson for Student Senate, and will continue to be a Faculty Nominated Peer Tutor. I hope to use the leadership skills I attained from these positions to work with my fellow board members and the advisors to represent New Jersey students, provide them with resources to facilitate their advancement in nursing, and advocate for nursing education. I am excited to continue to develop my leadership skills by serving as the Treasurer and by learning from the advisors and other board members. 

Aside from nursing, I enjoy traveling, exploring unfamiliar places, and trying new things. I love watching movies, drawing, and listening to music to relax from my hectic schedule. 

Once again, I am very excited to serve you as the NJNS Treasurer and to work with the other board members and advisors to bring meaningful events this year. I hope to see you at COSP and our annual convention. Feel free to email me at afl61@scarletmail.rutgers.edu with any questions, suggestions, or concerns.  

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Pulsebeat Editor / Public Relations Director

Suraya Momtaz, Rutgers 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 Senior at Rutgers School of Nursing, completing my Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing degree.

 

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.

 

Ever since I enrolled in Rutgers Nursing program. being involved in nursing students’ organizations has been my passion. I am currently the Newark Representative of Rutgers Student Nurses Association (RSNA), Vice President of Rutgers Ethnic Student Nurses’ Association (RESNA) and President of RUSON Newark Council for Student Senate. 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. I decided to be part of the organization and became the Pulsebeat Editor/Public Relation Director. During the 2020 NJNS, I was able to live the experience of planning the convention. The experience made me closer to the speakers and to the nursing profession.  I was inspired to stay in this position to continue the goal of increasing awareness of the nursing profession to nursing students and encourage their 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 for the second time. You may contact me at publicrelations@njnsinc.org with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Membership/Nominations Director 

Ezerea Brassington

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Population and Global Health Director

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Health Policy and Advocacy Director

Andrea Maravi Broggi, Trinitas School of Nursing

Hello, New Jersey nursing students! My name is Andrea Maravi Broggi and I am honored and happy to serve as the Health Policy and Advocacy Director of the New Jersey Nursing Students Inc. (NJNS) for 2020-2021. 

I am currently a proud student of Trinitas School of Nursing pursuing my diploma in nursing. I will graduate in January of 2021. I plan to continue my education in an RN-BSN program right after receiving my diploma in nursing. My overall goal is to earn a doctoral degree in nursing. Currently, I am a Peer Representative for the Trinitas Student Nursing Association (SNA). I have an associate degree in fashion merchandising and management and worked in retail for 6 years. However, coming from a strong family of medical and healthcare background, my roots called me to serve in healthcare. Answering this calling brought me back to nursing. 

I decided to pursue the nursing profession after I moved to the United States from Peru. I wanted to become a nurse to make an impact on patient's lives in different ways and show them compassion. Being bilingual (English and Spanish) is an advantage and would enable me to reach out and assist many patients in need, especially the Hispanics.

For the first time, I had the privilege to represent the Trinitas School of Nursing as a delegate for the NJNS 2020 House of Delegate meeting during the NJNS 2020 Annual Convention. As a delegate, I learned and appreciate the organization's mission in mentoring nursing students through their pre-professional growth in the state of New Jersey. During the convention, the speakers provided me insights about the various opportunities that the nursing profession offers. This experience inspired me to run and serve as one of the NJNS board members. My goal is to encourage student involvement and increase awareness of the importance of our voice in creating policies by our leaders. 

I am very excited about this new journey. Along with my fellow board members, we will plan a meaningful learning through the Councils of School Participants (COSP) and the Annual Convention.  I look forward to working with you and your school in promoting student involvement. Together, we can change the community. Once again, I am humbled and honored to represent all nursing students of New Jersey as the Health Policy and Advocacy Director of NJNS.  You may reach me at legislation@njnsinc.org with questions, comments, or suggestions. I hope to see you all very soon! 

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Resolutions Director 

Jessica Zheng, Rutgers School of Nursing 

 

Hello, New Jersey nursing students! My name is Jessica Zheng, and I’m honored to serve as the Resolutions Director of the New Jersey Nursing Students Inc. (NJNS) for the 2020-2021 term. I am currently a rising junior at the Rutgers School of Nursing in New Brunswick in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Nursing.

 

Having attended my first NJNS convention as a monitor and the Council of School Participants (COSP) as an attendee last year, 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. I was amazed by the entire NJNS board’s tireless work to ensure all have the resources to grow professionally in their nursing journey and the chance to network, connect and establish lifelong bonds with fellow nursing peers. This sparked my desire and vision to work with a group of ambitious individuals who share the same mission to build and transform the future of nursing while guiding current nurses and encouraging professional growth among future nurses.

 

I am very passionate about being involved in nursing students’ organizations and serving my community. Since enrolling in Rutgers Nursing program, I served as a committee member of Rutgers School of Nursing (RUSON) Public Relations Committee, Community Outreach Committee and as an official Rutgers School of Nursing (RUSON) Brand Ambassador. I also work with Health, Outreach, Promotion, and Education (HOPE), a division of Rutgers Health Services that focuses on peer health education and community engagement.

 

As a nursing student, I have made it my mission to advocate for underserved populations. I see the importance of taking health care initiatives, motivating others, and promoting acts of care to the communities around me. I have explored different paths by volunteering in various environments and working with people of diverse backgrounds. I am a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, which has allowed me to connect with fellow volunteer builders to help build affordable homes for low-income families in the Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County. As a Give Where You Live volunteer, I had the opportunity to serve and assist economically challenged families of Middlesex County, specifically the greater New Brunswick area, who are facing issues such as homelessness and hunger. It was through my volunteer work that I realized that I wanted to make a greater difference in my community and research was my main focus to achieve this goal. It is my hope that I can advocate, engage my peers in underlying and worth noting issues, and make a positive change in a policy that affects nursing students on a state and national level.

 

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 the NJNS Resolutions Director. I am excited to work with the rest of the board to have a successful 2020 COSP and 2021 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. Regarding resolutions, please feel free to email me at resolution@njnsinc.org with questions, ideas or suggestions you may have!

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Breakthrough to Nursing Director 

Mattison Worthy, Rutgers School of Nursing 

Hello fellow nursing students! My name is Mattison Worthy and I will be serving as the 2020-2021 Breakthrough to Nursing Director of the New Jersey Nursing Students Inc. (NJNS). I am currently a rising senior at the Rutgers School of Nursing in New Brunswick. 

 

I have always had an interest in science and healthcare, but I had not always known that I wanted to be a nurse and honestly had not even considered it until my senior year of high school after I had already sent out all of my college applications. Upon a quick realization that nursing was the major for me, I switched my Rutgers Engineering application to Nursing, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Throughout my journey in nursing school, my passion for nursing has grown immensely and I am so proud to be able to be a part of the nursing community. Going through lectures, labs, and clinicals exposes me to the many different paths a nurse can take, and it also excites me for my future as a registered nurse.

 

I had the honor of serving as a monitor for the NJNS 2020 Annual Convention which really encouraged me to become more involved. I enjoyed seeing such a seamless, informative, educational, and fun convention created by other nursing students just like myself. It showed great leadership and dedication that I wanted to be a part of. 


I have previously served as a nursing student peer mentor and was the junior class representative. Furthermore, last year I took a nursing study abroad trip to Xiamen, China where I was able to see a whole other side of nursing, where the focus was more so on Traditional Chinese Medicine. This trip truly showed me just how diverse nursing has the potential to be. With diverse treatments, diverse patient populations, and a diverse healthcare system, nursing proves to be a well-rounded occupation. 

 

As the Breakthrough to Nursing Director, I look forward to spreading awareness about nursing as a whole, as a way to increase the diversity of the field. This country needs a diverse community of nurses who can represent and advocate for the very diverse patient population.

Outside of nursing I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, and tennis, baking sweet treats, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends!


Once again, I am honored to be serving you as 2020-2021 Breakthrough to Nursing Director and I look forward to working with my NJNS Board members. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, feel free to contact me at btn@njnsinc.org.

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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 you again as your 2020-2021 Fundraising Director of the New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS). I am a rising senior at Rutgers University School of Nursing (RUSON) in New Brunswick. Along with my pursuit of a Bachelor of Science, I am also completing a minor in Psychology with a great interest in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

 

My involvement with NJNS started last year when I served as the Fundraising Director. After witnessing the success of our Council of School Participants (COSP) and annual convention, I was once again inspired to run for this position. Through NJNS, I have gained memorable experiences, expanded my knowledge of the nursing profession and friendship. I also had the opportunity to develop professional relationships with former and new convention sponsors. As a result, our attendees were able to win unique prizes, gifts, and scholarships. I hope to keep this momentum going for the new year with grander fundraising efforts! 

 

I was drawn to the healthcare field after experiencing the positive impact compassionate nurses can make in an individual's life. After enrolling in the Rutgers Nursing program, I became very involved with student organizations and began volunteering at hospitals. Currently, I serve as the President of the RUSON New Brunswick Student Senate. I also work as a receptionist for Waterview Center, a nursing home and rehabilitation center in Cedar Grove, NJ. Outside of nursing, I enjoy watching thriller movies, painting, and spending hours listening to Imagine Dragons!

 

I am very excited to apply my experience and leadership skills in improving COSP and Convention. I look forward to seeing you all there! If you have any fundraising ideas or questions, please feel free to contact me at fundraising@njnsinc.org.

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