Advanced Degree Means Advanced Care for Our Nurse Navigator

Congratulations to Gamma Knife Center Nurse Navigator Susan Lombardo, R.N., who recently earned her bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree from The College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J., with highest honors.

The intensive program took Susan five years to complete, but all of the hard work was worth it, she says. “It’s important for nurses to attain a B.S.N.—research shows that patient outcomes improve in hospitals that have a high percentage of B.S.N. nurses,” says Susan.

The program’s requirements ranged from chemistry and microbiology to art and foreign language classes, as well as community health nursing, nursing leadership and nursing research components. Nursing research, in particular, was a valuable part of Susan’s studies: “It provided me with the ability to understand and practice evidence-based medicine, which provides our patients with a high level of care,” she says.

In addition to its clinical importance, earning her B.S.N. held a personal significance for Susan. “I wanted to be a role model for those I work with, as well as for my two daughters,” she says.

The Gamma Knife Center thanks Susan and all of our nurses for their dedication to providing our patients with the best possible care!

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