Chancellor's and President’s Message
Toughness and grit. These characteristics have become fundamental traits for new and experienced nurses in the COVID era. The demands have been extreme, but each of you have risen to the challenge finding new and innovative ways to continue your nursing education and provide bed-side care to your patients.
As COVID is shifting from a pandemic to endemic, our institutional and personal objectives must also change. The world is struggling to connect. We have lost so much -- the warmth of hugs, the confidence gained from a smile and the instant connections from a handshake. What can we do as a college and individually?
We must push each other to remember the world before COVID, and begin re-living the NurseLife. This life is about community and incorporates our values of PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence). Live this each and every day!
Each of us experienced frustration and hopelessness over the past two years. With the following few simple acts, we can transform our world again:
- Give a smile each day to a colleague, a teacher, or a patient.
- Hug and kiss your family and remind them how special they are to you and their friends; and
- Be compassionate - both to those that you know and to those that you do not.
Make this your path as you prepare to become a nurse. Remember that “every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve or to help” -- Christina Feist-Heilmeier. Inspire each other! We welcome you Jersey College and look forward to working closely with you in achieving your nursing dreams.
Good luck and God bless!
Steven B. Litvack, Esq.