Meet Our Nurses




Ling Zhang, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ ~ Branchburg Central Middle School Nurse has been practicing nursing since 2005. She graduated from the China Medical University, finishing her first year residency in China. She received her Registered Nurse license from Excelsior College’s accelerated nursing program in NY.  She worked on a medical/surgical unit at Hunterdon Medical Center for 6 years.  She also worked as an associate scientist for Admera Health, a pharmacogenomics company for 4 years.  In December 2020 Ling graduated from Kean University with her NJ School Nurse Certification. Ling was awarded the 2021-2022 Governor's Educational Services Professional of the Year Award.

Janet Hoffman, RN, BSN, MEd, CSN-NJ ~ Stony Brook School Nurse has been practicing school nursing in Branchburg since 2002. She began her tenure in Branchburg working between Whiton and Central (5 years), thereafter she was the BCMS school nurse (4 years) and the WES school nurse (7 years).  Previous to working in Branchburg, she worked as the school nurse at Van Holten School in Bridgewater.

Janet graduated from Widener University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She attended the NJ School Nurse Certification Program at Caldwell College receiving her School Nurse Certification. She holds a Health Teaching Endorsement from Caldwell College and a Master of Science degree in Education with a Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Specialization from Walden University.  Nurse Hoffman was awarded the 2015-2016 Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year Award.

Her past nursing experiences include working at Morristown Medical Center for over 20 years in various areas of the hospital: a surgical unit; the adolescent clinic; the neonatal intensive care unit; and the maternal-child unit. She also worked per-diem on a surgical unit at Hunterdon Medical Center for 8 years, while working as a school nurse.

Denise Shaughnessy, RN, BSN, CSN-NJ ~ Whiton Elementary School Nurse began her nursing career in an acute care hospital caring for Orthopedic and Neurosurgical patients, then transferring to the Intensive Care setting.  Years later, she had the opportunity to work with students who are medically fragile at Matheny School and Hospital.  Denise found an interest in school nursing while working in this rewarding, yet challenging setting. She then began working at Midland School while taking college classes to obtain her Certificate in School Nursing.

Denise has experience working as a full-time School Nurse in various local school district from Clinton Township to Scotch Plain-Fanwood. She brings a wide range of knowledge caring for students from preschool to 8th grade. In 2020, she happily joined Branchburg Township School District as our Whiton Elementary School Nurse.  

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