Celebrating National Nurses Month

May is National Nurses Month, which includes Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12th. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Month as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually.

We recognize some of our amazing nurses at University Hospital!

Mellecia Beckles MSN, RN,CNOR

Education Specialist, Perioperative Service

“I love being a nurse because it is so gratifying to work in profession that allows me to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Working at University Hospital allows me to engage in research, teaching, and learning. University Hospital has advanced technology and specialized equipment that will enable us as healthcare professionals to expand our knowledge and skills. This institution offers high-quality care, which is a source of pride because I value excellence in patient care.”

Ana Tavares

“My favorite part about being a nurse is that is it a rewarding profession.  I love helping people and being a nurse is challenging and rewarding, but what it comes down to at the end of the day is that there is a sense of satisfaction and pride, knowing I can make a difference. I choose to work at University Hospital because I was born and raised in Newark and always wanted to serve the community in someway and working at here was the perfect opportunity. After my brother got in a terrible accident he was sent to University Hospital and they really saved his life.”

Marcella F. Jones MSN, RN, CEN

Educational Specialist – Emergency Department 

“I chose this non-glamorous picture of myself, because this photo was taken 8 months into the pandemic of 2020. It redefined my purpose as an emergency room nurse – my favorite part; to save lives. The hospital is generally a place where we will all share common life changing experiences, regardless of our backgrounds. I work at UH, because I am passionate about improving the delivery of care to residents in my own community.”