Professor Honored with NJ League for Nursing Award

Friday, November 15, 2019
Carol Patterson with award and John Lanier

Carol Patterson of Somerset, Professor of Nursing at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, has been named the 2019 recipient of the New Jersey League for Nursing (NJLN) Nurse Recognition Award.

Patterson received the prestigious honor—which recognizes her continued commitment and contributions to the nursing profession—at the Nurse Recognition Awards Ceremony, held November 1 at the Pines Manor, Edison. Drawing on the gala’s theme of “Lighting the Way,” NJLN President John Lanier said Patterson has accomplished this through her “dedication and contributions as a role model in nursing education, as a nurse leader and mentor to so many.”

A former president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, Patterson has taught at RVCC for close to 30 years. She has been teaching clinical instruction at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, since 1990. She also has served as a Per Diem Nurse at JFK Medical Center, Brain Trauma Unit.

In 2015 she was appointed by then Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing. Patterson represented the NJLN on the Center’s board. Patterson also has served on the Community Visiting Nurse Association Board as a board member, vice chair and chairperson.

Patterson received the “Divas and Dons Award” from the Institute for Nursing in 2014. The award honors a New Jersey nurse who makes an extraordinary impact on the nursing profession and the health community, as well as someone who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and has been a positive influence on others.

Ranked by,, and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



November 15, 2019

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