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County College of Morris nursing student selected for prestigious externship with Atlantic Health System

Chosen amongst 4,000 Applicants

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – County College of Morris (CCM) announces and applauds nursing student Lisa Marie Buzec who was accepted into the Nurse Externship Program at Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care networks in New Jersey.

An externship program of this caliber prefers participants who are attending a four-year institution, making the competitive selection process even more challenging for students like Buzec who attend community college.

A minimum 3.0 GPA, two letters of recommendation, and an interview were required to be considered. Out of 4,000 applicants from across the United States, Buzec, a resident of Landing, was one of the 100 selected.

“I felt so motivated to apply to this externship to show my love and dedication to the field of nursing,” said Buzec. “I am the first in my family to go to college. I plan to continue my education and obtain my bachelor’s degree. I would also like to pursue my degree as far as I can, hopefully ending with a doctorate or NP license!”

The eight-week program gives nursing students the chance to learn about the role of a professional nurse while being advised by specially selected nurses. Buzec and fellow participants may also practice basic nursing care and competencies while developing time-management skills and enhancing their critical thinking.

“We are so proud of Lisa’s accomplishment,” said Dr. Maria P. Isaza, Dean and Professor of the School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences at CCM. “She will be able to apply the knowledge gained at CCM’s nursing program and acquire new experiences that will develop her into an extraordinary nurse!”

For more information about the nursing program at CCM, which ranks in the Top 10 percent of associate degree programs in the nation according to College Factual, call 973-328-5352, email or visit

Recently, CCM announced the opening of the Paragano Family Foundation Healthcare Simulation Center, a new, 13,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility that is configured like a hospital emergency room with lifelike patient simulators.

This center brings together all the in-demand healthcare areas of study offered at CCM to provide real-world, hands-on training for students.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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