Carol Patterson of Somerset, Associate Professor of Nursing at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, has been appointed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing. A former president of the New Jersey League for Nursing, Patterson will be representing the NJLN on the board. Patterson has taught at RVCC for 25 years. She also has served as a Per Diem Nurse at JFK Medical Center, Brain Trauma Unit. Last year Patterson received the “Divas and Dons Award” from the Institute for Nursing. 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. Established by legislation in 2002, the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing works on behalf of nurses to provide evidence-based recommendations regarding the nursing workforce and its impact on patient care. The Center is in Rutgers University, School of Nursing, Newark and New Brunswick Campuses. The Center is guided by a 17-member board representing New Jersey nursing and healthcare stakeholders. Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.