Meet Kennedy Nurses
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Connie Tighe, RN, BSN, CCRNA nurse for 34 years -- 33 of them at Kennedy -- Connie Tighe was nominated for the 2006 Governor’s Award for Nursing-Acute Care. She is a member of both the Patient Care Committee and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).
"I get job satisfaction from bedside nursing and enjoy being on the Patient Care Committee where staff nurses have a voice in policy and procedures," says Connie. "I feel I am valued as an important member of the multidisciplinary team to provide the best care for our patients!"

During her tenure at Kennedy, Connie has worked in the Emergency Department, Same-Day Surgery, Med-Surg and Pre-Admission Testing. She has been in the Kennedy-Stratford ICU for the past five years.

Connie received her diploma in nursing from Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and a BSN from Graceland University in Missouri.

She is the married mother of two sons and one grandson and lives in West Deptford, NJ. Connie enjoys travel, cooking and reading in her spare time.

LaurenCalise.JPGLauren Calise, RN

After earning a bachelor’s degree in health education from Penn State, Lauren Calise decided she wanted to be a nurse and went to Gloucester County College to get her RN diploma. She has been a nurse for close to 10 years – eight of them at Kennedy. She is currently working toward her critical care (CCRN) credentials and enjoys being a charge nurse on her unit.

"I love nursing and its flexibility," says Lauren. "The best thing about being a Kennedy nurse is the nurses I work with – I have tremendous respect for them and the excellent care that we all strive to provide in the ICU."

Lauren is married and the mother of four children ages 11 through 14. She lives in Mantua, New Jersey where she and her family love to spend time together going to the beach or hiking in the mountains. Running is also a favorite pastime of this busy nurse!


Daisy Mathew, RNC

Daisy Mathew, RNC, earned her nursing degree in her native India, then took her nursing board exam in the U.S. She has been a nurse for 23 years, the last eight at Kennedy. Her bright and smiling face has been used in several Kennedy brochures and in our nurse recruitment advertising campaign!

"As a Labor & Delivery nurse, I like the diversity of the department and being challenged. Most of the time we have good outcomes but sometimes sad ones, too, " says Daisy. "The people I work with in OB are like family to me."

She lives in Sicklerville with her husband, son and daughter and enjoys traveling in her spare time.



DebbieMcGlone_1.JPGDebbie McGlone, RN A registered nurse in telemetry at Kennedy-Stratford, Debbie has worked as both a staff nurse and charge nurse since she was hired in 1988 after graduating from Helene Fuld School of Nursing.

She serves on the Retention and Recruitment and Staff Development Committees and has been very involved with nursing education, precepting new graduate nurses and helping to develop the nursing internship program.

Debbie, who lives with her husband and children in Williamstown, has certifications in ACLS, critical care and chemotherapy. She was nominated by Kennedy for the Governor’s Nursing Merit Award for a Registered Nurse-Critical Care in 2006.

"I’ve been a nurse at Kennedy for almost 20 years and I think I’ve stayed this long because of the people I work with and the continuous good care that I am able to give my patients. Telemetry is a crazy department but we manage to give 100% to our patients and the feeling you get when you know that you’ve made someone feel better or eased their pain is what makes it all worthwhile," says Debbie.


Chris Connearney, RN

Chris Connearney who lives in Stratford, has a B.S. in business management from Southern Connecticut State University, but has been a registered nurse for four years. While he was attending nursing school at Our Lady of Lourdes, Chris worked at Kennedy as a telemetry tech and took advantage of the system’s tuition reimbursement program to pay for his nursing education.

"I enjoy working within the community in which I live," says Chris. "Working in the ICU allows me to work closely with physicians and offers me a degree of autonomy in providing patient care."

Chris is married and has two young daughters. When he’s not working in the Kennedy-Stratford ICU, he enjoys motorcycles, playing basketball and skiing.