Bergen Community College alumna and assistant professor of nursing, Joana Constantino, ‘06, instructs level 1 nursing courses including Physical Assessment (NUR 181), Pharmacology for Nurses (NUR 182), Basic Concepts and Skills of Nursing (NUR 183). Hired in 2019, she has worked as an adjunct professor, a full-time lecturer, and tenure track assistant professor at Bergen.
“I decided to work at Bergen because I have seen the impact Bergen has on the students, faculty, and community,” said Constantino who was born in Manila, Philippines. “Bergen strives for excellence and professional development has been influential.”
She is a faculty advisor for the Student Nurse Club, the Pasalubong Club, and the Nursing Honor Society (OADN) at Bergen. She is an active member of the Asian Heritage Committee and the Professor Emeritus Committee. She attended and obtained ACUE certification offered at Bergen through the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) to credential faculty members in evidence-based teaching practices.
She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, RCNJ Nursing Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, and Golden Key International Honor Society. Constantino is a board-certified adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner and registered nurse. She is also certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid USA. During her nursing career, she has served as a staff registered nurse, nursing supervisor, and unit manager. When she isn’t teaching in the classroom, Constantino works at a sub-acute rehabilitation center and long-term care facility, where she was named Employee of the Month.
Constantino holds an associate in applied science (AAS) in nursing degree with honors from Bergen, a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) with summa cum laude honors from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and a master of science in nursing degree (MSN) from Felician University.
Her fraternal twin sister, Diana, also works as an assistant professor of nursing at the College. “Working with my twin sister at the College has been a blessing and we share our successes together,” said Constantino.
Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.
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