TSON Community Highlights

In 2008, Trinitas School of Nursing received the designation as an NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. This year is now the fourth time the school has enjoyed this honor.

Trinitas School of Nursing, represented by Dean Dr. Roseminda Santee, Associate Dean Dr. Connie Kozachek, faculty members Dr. Janine Graf-Kirk, Dr. Dawn Zimmerman, Maryse Annulysse, and Illya DeVera-Bonilla, attended the in-person NLN Education Summit awards ceremony held Sept. 23-25, which was postponed in 2020 because of the pandemic.

“The faculty of the School of Nursing deserves the lion’s share of this award,” said Dr. Roseminda N. Santee, DNP, MA, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, ANEF Dean, Trinitas School of Nursing. “They make it happen. The administration, staff, advisory board, and affiliated agencies provide the support and resources for faculty and students to do their good work.”  Each year since 2004, the League has invited nursing schools to apply to become a Center of Excellence, based on their ability to demonstrate in concrete, measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “NLN Centers of Excellence help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and environments of inclusive excellence. These environments help nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community.”

Dr. Santee added, “This award is the culmination of decades of commitment and dedication by the faculty to the vision of excellence that focuses on the creation of learning environments designed to promote the nursing education and professional development of culturally diverse students. This could not have been accomplished without a plan that also values innovation, civility, integrity, and ethical behavior in all professional activities.”

Students from TSON Student Nurses Association came off their summer break with their advisor, Ms. Illya DeVera-Bonilla, to volunteer at the Elizabeth Public Library for their first “Teddy Bear Clinic” ever.  Thank you, SNA!


Trinitas School of Nursing Faculty with Students administer vaccines at the Dunn Center in Elizabeth, NJ


“Living our Mission”
TSON students and faculty in action. Our students responded to “the call” from TRMC to on-board as “Patient Care Assistants” during this pandemic. Pictured in the TRMC ICU, a recent TSON graduate employee, our student PCA’s & Professor Illya Devera-Bonilla.

Mina Dwamena, a NURE 132 student received a scholarship from the Mid-State Black Nurses Association. Mina was one of three scholarship winners. With her at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ, was Dr. Rose Santee, Dean of Trinitas School of Nursing.

Students of Trinitas School of Nursing NURE 132 participated at the annual Hillside Health Department Health Fair with nursing faculty Dr. D. Zimmerman, DNP, RN and Ms. Harriet Sarkodie, MSN, RN.

Students of Trinitas School of Nursing NURE 132 participated at the annual Hillside Health Department Health Fair with nursing faculty Dr. D. Zimmerman, DNP, RN and Director of Student Health, Ms. P. Stansfield, BSN, RN.

Maria Eiseman (center), TSON senior student, receiving a scholarship award from the Philippine Nurses Association of NJ.

(L-R) Dean Rose Santee with Maria Eiseman.