Alaina Bontales is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and a lifetime member. She is a parishioner of the Greek Orthodox Church in Holmdel where she accomplished her Gold Award by converting an old storage closet into a religious bookstore. She has also dedicated her talents there as a Greek Folk Dance instructor and as a nurse to her parish. She spends most of her free time playing with her baby nephew and two nieces. She enjoys going on hikes with her fiancé and listening to any kind of live music.
Alaina graduated from the Wagner College School of Nursing in 2016. She worked as an inpatient Oncology and hospice staff nurse at Monmouth Medical Center for three years. During these three years, she learned valuable lessons about humility and human dignity. In her first year as a nurse, she was nominated as Novice Nurse of the Year and quickly became a preceptor and a resource to other new nurses. She was instrumental in advocating for more staffing on her unit and obtaining better nurse to patient ratios. With this came a nomination for Mentorship of the Year Award after Alaina spent over a year orienting new nurses and building a strong staff. Shortly after, Alaina was promoted to a Unit Nurse Leader where her critical thinking and problem solving skills could shine.
At the onset of COVID-19, and not long after starting her new role, Alaina’s unit was converted into a COVID unit. She was tasked with relaying up to date and ever-changing information to her front line staff, her patients, and their families during a time when visitation was prohibited. Alaina’s hospice skills proved helpful during daily phone calls to family members of COVID patients when critical and emotional conversations needed to occur.
Since February, Alaina’s unit has transitioned back to an Oncology and hospice unit. She has recently taken on a new role as the Clinical Director of Patient Care for Inpatient Oncology. She takes much pride in educating new staff and molding them into successful Oncology nurses in order to provide patients with the most exceptional care they deserve