Alumni Achievement – Trusted Caregiver

Ms. Sheryl Jyothi Cornelio,

Deputy Director, Nursing at Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra (BSc (1999-2003), MSc (2008-2010) and MPhil Nursing graduate of Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal) has been awarded among top 100 great people managers of India by Forbes Magazine.

With 13 years of experience in the clinical and teaching field, she manages 250 nurses and thereby she leads by example. She has won the confidence of her team with empathy and integrity. Captain Valsa Thomas, Nursing Director of the hospital says, “Sheryl is always ready to take challenges head-on and ensures optimal nursing care. She is an asset and a leader with zeal”.

During Covid-19 pandemic, she has ensured the safety of employees by providing them with add-on facilities, regular motivational activities, counselling and interactions to cope with the fear of contracting the virus. She believes in taking inputs from her team members for crucial tasks, motivates and involves them in problem-solving, which helps her to connect with them in a better way – such qualities in her makes her a great manager.   


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An alumni of Manipal College of Nursing MSc Mental Health Nursing (2004-2006 batch) completed his PhD under National Consortium on 26th Sep 2016. 


Beena Joseph, DNP (HSL), MSN-Ed, RNC-MNN


Beena Joseph, a former MCON student and alumni member has successfully completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Healthcare Systems Leadership (DNP-HSL) from Chamberlain College of Nursing, Illinois, United States. Beena completed the BSc nursing from Manipal College of Nursing in 1995 and the Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from University of Houston, Texas, United States in 2011. Beena hold the Registered Nurse License

from Texas Board of Nursing since 2000 and National Certification in Maternal Newborn Nursing (MNN) from National Certification Corporation, United States since 2007. Currently she work as an Education Resource Specialist III/Prophecy Administrator with the System Clinical Education Department for Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS), one of the major healthcare systems in Greater Houston area of Texas. She support, guide and oversee the Staff Development Department with the hiring/onboarding process, competency assessments/projects, and the staff development initiatives for 13 MHHS acute care hospitals. Beena is a previous faculty member at Manipal College of Nursing and served as Adjunct Professor at University of Houston, Texas, United States. In addition she serves as an adjunct faculty for Alvin Community College, Texas, United States. Her research interests/works are focused on both clinical and staff development initiatives such as Postpartum Depression, Motivational Interviewing and Pain Management, and Individualized employee onboarding/orientation process. Beena is a National Member and Local Chapter associate of Associations of Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) in the United States. Beena did a professional Presentation on “Early Detection of Postpartum depression: An Evidence based Practice Guideline” during the 2014 Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Leadership Connection in Indianapolis, United States. She is scheduled to do a professional presentation on “Motivational interviewing and Pain Management” during the Annual Research celebration at Memorial City Memorial Hermann Medical Center, Houston, Texas on October 20th, 2016. Beena would like to extend her gratitude to the Manipal College of Nursing where she started her “Nursing and Healthcare Journey” and looking forward to extend her service and expertise to the nursing research and staff development initiatives.  


Doncy Joji Eapen, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Doncy completed her Bachelors and Masters in Nursing from Manipal College of Nursing, India. She had worked as a Nurse Educator in High Institute of Nursing, Doha, Qatar from 2001 to 2005. She immigrated to the United States in 2005 where she continued her studies. After completing her Post Master’s in Family Nurse Practitioner in 2011 from University of Kansas, she continued PhD in Nursing and successfully graduated from the program in May 2016. Her dissertation study ‘a qualitative description of pregnancy related social support experiences of low income mothers with low 

birth weight babies’ was the first study that assessed the pregnancy related social support experiences of low income women who have had low birth weight infants. The study findings revealed unique challenges of pregnant low income women and the significance of social support during pregnancy. The study won the Crighton award for research among vulnerable population and Dr Valmi Sousa Scholar award for innovation in nursing research by the University of Kansas. Besides the two research awards, Doncy also won the Sigma Theta Tau International Award for the Phd Student of the year 2016 and Colleen P Kosiak Clinical excellence award for Advanced Practice Nurse during the University of Kansas School of Nursing recognition ceremony on May 14, 2016. She works a full time acute care Nurse Practitioner with KC Hospitalists, Kansas, USA and is a busy mother of three children Carolyn, Angeline and Jaiden. Doncy is the wife of Joji Eapen (Sales Consultant, Olathe Toyota, Kansas), Olikara Mankudiyil, Champakara, Kottayam and daughter of Mrs and Mr C .V. Mathew, Chirathara Mathew’s Villa, Ala, Chengannur.  

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Prof. Joselin Mariet M, Principal, Koyili College of Nursing, Kannur, Kerala and alumnus of MCON Manipal


Prof. Joselin was the chief of International Nurses’ Day 2017 at MCON Manipal held on 12th May 2017. During her inaugural address, she recalled her memories of college days at MCON Manipal and said that thousands of students who graduated from this college have role-models in their career among the highly qualified and dedicated group of teachers. She also said that graduates working all over the world love the college & their teachers because of the high standard of professional training they received from this college.

She mentioned that Manipal Academy of Higher Education is one of the rare institutions, where nursing college and nursing students are given equal status and considerations as that of their counterparts in other medical and allied health courses. The college provides all the courses available in India for nursing starting from GNM to full time PhD in Nursing. She appreciated the curricular and co-curricular opportunities and training facilities available to the students of Manipal. She also expressed that majority of graduates coming out every year are confident enough to climb the highest steps of the nursing career ladder, wherever they work with professionalism and dignity.


Joana Susan Joseph BSN, RN-BC - Recipient of DAISY Award 


Joana Susan Joseph was awarded the DAISY award for Extraordinary Nurses for her compassion, knowledge and approachability. She was nominated by her coworkers for her dedication to patient care and her team.

DAISY foundation was created in 1999, with DAISY standing for Diseases attacking the Immune system, and with it The DAISY award for Extraordinary Nurses- a partnership with healthcare organizations to honor nurses who go "above and beyond" and make extraordinary differences in patients and families experiences in healthcare. Today there would be over 2100 healthcare facilities in U.S.A and 14 other countries, honoring nurses with DAISY award. Joana completed her BSc Nursing from Manipal College of Nursing Manipal in the year 2011 and presently working in a Medical-Surgical Telemetry Unit, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Dr.Simi Jesto Joseph, DNP, APN, NP-C
Director of Research & Clinical Services/GI Solutions
Nurse Researcher/GI Nurse Practitioner
Harvard Post-doc Clinical Research Scholar  SGNA Research Scholar/Systematic Review (Current)


Flowers TV USA featured a special story of Nurse Practitioners Week Celebrations in Chicago Show Name: American Dreams   




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Mr. Nevil Johnson Raju, graduate of BSc Nursing (2005 batch) and MSc Nursing (2011 batch) received 'Best staff nurse' in the Forensic unit of Al Masarra hospital, Nursing affairs department, Oman.

The award is given every year by the nursing service department for the individuals who exhibit outstanding performance in nursing.  

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Manjusha Rajesh an alumnus of Manipal College of Nursing (MSc-Medical Surgical Nursing in 2004) obtained Doctorate (PhD) in Nursing from SIMATS (Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences) Chennai for the thesis titled “Effectiveness of JPMR on Hypertension and Educational Stress among School Going Adolescents”.
She is currently working as faculty of nursing at College of Nursing under Public Authority of Applied Education and Training (PAAET) Kuwait. She previously held various positions in nursing education and administration including lecturer in Amrita College of nursing Kochi, Instructor in the Staff Development Unit of Ahmadi Hospital Kuwait Oil Company, Kuwait and Assistant Director of Nursing, Al Adan Hospital Ministry of Health, Kuwait.


National Academies of Practice (NAP) presents Dr. Simi Jesto Joseph with ‘Creativity in Practice and Education Award’


Dr. Simi Jesto Joseph, DNP, RN, APN, NP-C, was named the Creativity in Practice and Education Award winner by the National Academies of Practice (NAP) during the banquet ceremony at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Forum held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 14, 2018. Michelle Troseth, MSN, RN, FNAP, FAAN, president of NAP presented the prestigious award to her. This National Award of USA recognizes and encourages interdisciplinary team programs, projects or models which focus on the improvement of health care.

Dr. Simi Joseph, BSc Nursing (1994-98) graduate of Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, is a Nurse Practitioner and Director of Research & Education at GI Solutions, mentor to APNs, Adjunct Professor at Benedictine University, International teaching faculty at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), India, and a national continuing education speaker. She is passionate in the treatment of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). She focuses on an interdisciplinary approach for the treatment of each GERD patient at GI Solutions. She has put together a protocol for the diagnostic work up, surgical & endoscopic therapy, and post-op management for the long-term effectiveness of these treatments.

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Manipal Alumnus enters India Book of Records as the “Youngest Ph.D. holder in Nursing”


Vishnu Renjith, an alumnus of Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, has entered into the India book of records for being the “Youngest Ph.D. holder in Nursing.” Dr Vishnu completed bachelors and master’s degree in nursing from MCON Manipal in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Last november, he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation on the “Effectiveness of a multicomponent intervention in treatment of patients with migraine”. Dr Vishnu will be receiving his convocation from MAHE on 16 Nov 2018.


Ryan Rodrigues, Clinical care coordinator (Bsc Nursing Alumni 2005 - 2009 batch)

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Eapen’s PhD dissertation published online by Maternal and Child Health Journal

Eapen joined the Department of Undergraduate Studies last September as an assistant professor. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s in Nursing from Manipal College of Nursing in India. She worked as a Nurse Educator at the High Institute of Nursing Qatar from 2001 to 2005. After immigrating to the U.S. in 2005, she completed her PhD in Nursing at the University of Kansas in May 2016.

Eapen’s doctoral study received the Crighton Award for research among vulnerable populations and Dr. Valmi Delfino De Sousa Award of Excellence for innovation in nursing research from the University of Kansas School of Nursing.


Sheen Helen, an alumnus - Post Basic BSc Nursing (2005-07) & Masters in Nursing (2008-10) of Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, MAHE, is the Director of MAQTRO Pictures Private Limited.

She produced a Malayalam film “Sunday Holiday” in 2017 under the banner of MAQTRO pictures. Ormayil Oru Shishiram, the fourth movie from MAQTRO Pictures is all set to release on August 2, 2019, is produced by Sheen Helen. In an interview to The Times of India (Kochi edition) Helen says, “As a production house, our responsibility to society increases with every release. We are careful to choose stories that are relevant and relatable. Ormayil Oru Shishiram is such one offering”.

MAQTRO Pictures is a movie and associated media production company with a team of professionals who believes in the importance of storytelling, creativity and offer movies that expresses the essence of the story. It is also involved in Motion picture, radio, television and other entertainment activities.
For further details of the interview, read the Times of India, Kochi edition, August 2, 2019.

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Ms Silgi Thomas, an alumnus of MCON (BSc Nursing 2011-2015 batch) holding a position of Directorate of Quality and safety department with the job position of Risk management officer, DQS at King Fahd University Hospital, (Imam Abdul Rahman Bin Faisal University hospital) Dammam University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Anushree Naik, an alumnus of Manipal College of Nursing, MAHE Manipal (BSc Nursing 2015-19 batch) won gold medal during the Rajyostav Cup Karnataka State Inter-district women’s boxing championship at Bengaluru held on 2nd & 3rd November 2019. She also bagged bronze medal during the Dusshera sports held at Mysore from 1st to 4th October, 2019.