Nursing Student Awarded Scholarship

Monica Rivera

Monica Rivera

Monica Rivera, a Rutgers University–Camden nursing student and North Brunswick resident, has been awarded a scholarship from the Northern New Jersey Black Nurses Association for demonstrating excellence in academics and community service.

“I’m honored to receive the scholarship and to become part of an organization that is so supportive of nursing students,” Rivera says.

The association’s annual scholarship honors African American nursing students from New Jersey who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, and community service. Rivera is one of five students to receive a scholarship this year.

A graduate of Health Sciences Technology High School in New Brunswick, Rivera is a student in the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABS) program. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology from Montclair State University, Rivera enrolled in the accelerated nursing program at the legacy University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing at Stratford, which merged with Rutgers–Camden in July.

“The transition has been a smooth one, and I value the clinical experiences I’ve had through both the legacy UMDNJ program and at Rutgers–Camden,” Rivera says. “I’ve had a chance to see firsthand what nurses do on a daily basis in the emergency room, in labor and delivery, and all other aspects of nursing. It’s a hands-on experience, and it’s been a very significant part of my nursing education.”

It’s an education that began at home, where Rivera says she first became interested in nursing as a profession.

“My mother’s a nurse and she always came home and talked to me about work and babies she helped deliver,” Rivera says. “That definitely sparked my interest and my appreciation for the healthcare field.”

She continues, “Community service is also a very important part of nursing and as nurses, we can’t take that for granted. It gives us a chance to do good for the community, and that’s something I’ve learned both through the legacy UMDNJ program and through Rutgers–Camden.”

Established in 1988, the Northern New Jersey Black Nurses Association, an affiliate of the National Black Nurses Association, is committed to addressing health disparities and improving healthcare for African Americans within the state of New Jersey. It provides a platform for black nurses to further educate, advocate, empower, and mentor one another.

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