Nazareth College is proud to announce that Marie Bell, assistant professor in the nursing department, was selected as this year’s recipient of the IBERO-American Action League’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Bell is active in IBERO, serving the first and third Wednesday of the month at Centro de Oro, a day center for Hispanic older adults. She provides assessment services such as blood pressure readings, medication reconciliation, and follow up care.
The IBERO Volunteer of the Year Award is presented every year, recognizing an individual who has collaborated with IBERO, supporting the agency’s mission. Bell attended a recognition ceremony at IBERO’s 44th Annual Luncheon held on October 24, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel of Rochester. The event included distinguished guests, as well as more than 500 participants, and honored four members of the community.
IBERO-American Action League, Inc., has provided services to the community since 1968. The agency has established different programs that offer to assist the Latino population within the community. At Nazareth, the nursing program’s goal is to prepare professional nurse generalists who not only possess an in-depth knowledge of nursing, but also provide culturally congruent nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities in and across all environments.
Nazareth College’s School of Health and Human Services Nursing Department Chair Jeanine Seguin Santelli is the recipient of the 2011 Founders Service Award from the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG). The Founders Service Award honors an ISONG member who has made outstanding and significant contributions to genetics/genomics nursing through service to the ISONG. Santelli received many nominations for this well-deserved award, as she has been a pioneer in facilitating the development and evolution of the credentialing of genetics nurses.
Since 2005, Santelli has acted as executive director of the Genetic Nursing Credentialing Commission (GNCC) as a volunteer, leading the credentialing process of nurses in genetics. Santelli began working with GNCC before completing her dissertation, focusing on developing a valid and reliable comprehensive multiple choice exam to assess nurses seeking the certification credential in genetics. A long time member of ISONG, Santelli has also served as a liaison between ISONG and GNCC, attending the annual conference, board meetings, conference calls, and providing written reports of GNCC activities.
At Nazareth, nursing faculty such as Santelli help prepare professional nurse generalists who not only possess an in-depth knowledge of nursing, but also provide culturally congruent nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities in and across all environments. The curriculum is rich with humanities, biological, and social sciences as well as the teaching of a transcultural nursing framework. By preparing students for diverse practice experiences, Nazareth’s nursing program helps students transform patient outcomes.