The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) awarded W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions student Susan Sutphen, BSN, RN-BC, a $1,000 Dr. Barbara Wright Scholarship. Sutphen’s award was conferred during the organization’s Region 4 Annual Meeting on Nov. 4 at Trinity Presbyterian Church in East Brunswick, N.J.

“I am very grateful for the recognition and the scholarship support from the NJSNA. It will enable me to continue my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) studies without having to pause due to finances,” said Sutphen, the first among the School’s students and alumni to receive a scholarship from the organization. “When I was considering institutions in which to complete my master’s degree, I kept coming back to TESU. What I find particularly rewarding is sharing my experiences with recent graduates as they begin their nursing careers.”

When she is not working on course assignments, Sutphen is a Same-Day Cardiac Cath Lab nurse for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

“My MSN courses have expanded my knowledge beyond what I’ve learned and practiced as a cardiac nurse. Each course in the Nurse Educator track has taught me more about the profession from a global perspective, incorporating evidence-based practice into nursing care, new teaching modalities, and expanding my knowledge beyond basic anatomy and physiology,” noted Sutphen, a Hillsborough, N.J., resident. “The experience has not only prepared me to be an educator, but it has also enhanced my bedside nursing practice.”

According to the NJSNA award letter, its selection committee was impressed with Sutphen’s commitment to continuing her academic pursuits in the face of financial challenges and her dedication to the next generation of nurses. The association serves as an advocate for 150,000 registered nurses and advanced practice nurses and the advancement of quality healthcare in the state. The association represents the interest of all registered nurses, regardless of areas of specialization, clinical setting, or working environment.

Maureen Clark-Gallagher, assistant dean and director of Distance Learning at the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and acting president for NJSNA’s Region 4, said, “Susan possesses the ethos, tenacity, passion for learning and generosity of spirit that we value in our graduate-level students. It is especially gratifying that one of our own received this distinction.”

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Maureen Clark-Gallagher, assistant dean and director of Distance Learning at the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing (left), joins MSN student and scholarship recipient Susan Sutphen during NJSNA’s Annual Meeting on Nov. 4.

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