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Published: May 21, 2021

May Newsletter Nurses Week & Brain Tumor Awareness

Nurses Week and Brain Tumor Awareness



May Newsletter
Nurses Week & Brain Tumor Awareness





Nurses Week May 6-12, 2021



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Tatiana Sikorskyj, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Tatiana has been with the New Jersey Pediatric Neuroscience Institute for 9 years and has continued to be a major asset for our patients! After graduating in January 2012 from Rutgers University College of Nursing with her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Degree, Tatiana became certified as a Registered Nurse First Assist in 2013. She has grown her surgical skills throughout her career and loves to assist our surgeons in the operating room. Tatiana is NJPNI's Clinical Manager, who manages our nursing team as well as maintains a high volume of patients!

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Tatiana is a mom of two beautiful children. She enjoys, hiking, skiing, traveling and exploring new places. She is an active member of Plast, a non-profit Ukrainian scouting organization, where she mentors youth and volunteers in the summer camp clinic.

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Laura Natoli, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

In January 2012, Laura graduated from Seton Hall University College of Nursing with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She started her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center working as a registered nurse in Telemetry and the Intensive Care Unit until she pursued her interest in pediatrics. Laura served as a member of St. Joseph’s Nurse Practice Council for 4 years and organized their first Children’s Hospital Bone Marrow Donation Drive, “Will You Marrow Me?”

In January 2017, Laura graduated from Seton Hall University College of Nursing with her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Master’s degree. Later that year she joined the NJPNI team! Laura is a Registered Nurse First Assistant and enjoys assisting all of our surgeons in the operating room and providing a more comprehensive quality of care to her patients.

Outside of her professional responsibilities, Laura is involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Be the Match Bone Marrow National Donor Program, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She enjoys spending summers down the shore with her family and friends.

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Dawn Milligan, LPN

Dawn Milligan, LPN received her nursing diploma from Passaic County Technical Institute where she graduated as valedictorian. Dawn worked for over six years for a family practice where she helped care for pediatric patients with acute issues as well as following their growth and development. She also spent a number of years in other areas of nursing, working as a charge nurse and also managing and directing long term care and adult day care facilities.

Dawn has been with NJPNI for 10 years! She has advanced pediatric neurosurgical knowledge and helps onboard many of our new clinical staff and summer interns. Dawn is the clinic coordinator for our NJ Craniofacial Team, who are a group of specialists from a variety of disciplines that meet one Friday a month. Dawn has pursued her love of patient and staff education over the years by instructing Lamaze and CPR classes and conducting in-services for staff members. Dawn’s love and dedication to pediatrics is evident by the service she provides to the children and families under her care.


This year's theme for Nurses Week is: Frontline Warriors. This past year, more than ever, we have an immense appreciation for nursing professional's. Nurses are valuable and essential part of a medical care team. They truly are Frontline Warriors.

Please join us in honoring and thanking not only our nurses at NJPNI, but all nurses!



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Go Gray in May
Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Gray May

An estimated 700,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor. Of that, 13, 657 children are estimated to be living with a primary brain tumor in the US. Pediatric brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death among children and adolescents under the age of 19.

Ways to Support:
1. Take Action. There are many events throughout the month of May!
2. Raise Awareness
3. Make a Gift

Patient Stories

In 2019, Dr. Mazzola was presented the Humanitarian Award from HOPE. The EndBrainCancer Initiative is dedicated to closing the gap to advanced treatment and clinical trial participation, and to providing HOPE to brain tumor patients and their families nationally.

Her award was presented by one of her own patients, Sa'Mya Griffin.

"May is brain cancer awareness month so I am honored to share my journey with brain cancer. My name is Sa’Mya Griffin and I am 16 years old. I have been battling brain cancer for 5 years. My battle has been filled with ups and downs but I am grateful for the incredible knowledge of my healthcare team, specifically Dr. Catherine Mazzola and Dr. Derek Hanson (oncologist). I am extremely thankful for their dedication to me. We need to bring awareness to brain cancer so that myself and others could one day receive not only treatment but a cure." -Sa'Mya Griffin


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