NJCCN Educational Summit 2017

Our 2017 Educational Summit was a great success! On April 7, more than 100 nurses gathered at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, NJ. The conference aimed to inspire grassroots nurses to use innovation as a strategy for defining new and current roles across the healthcare continuum.

Lynn Fick-Cooper’s keynote speech at our Educational Summit focused on self-care as an important component of resiliency. The high stakes of nursing professions pose risk of mental exhaustion and burn-out. It is so important to remember that we cannot effectively manage other people’s wellness unless we prioritize our own mental and physical health.

Laurie Haworth and Liz Klingensmith from Mercy Virtual presented advancements in the role of virtual nursing. They demonstrated that virtual nursing isn’t about replacing the bedside nurse – it’s about providing an extra layer of support and communication to increase monitoring of vitals, ease communication with patients, and improve the quality of care.

Mary Ann Christopher, a Horizon Executive, spoke on the role of nurses in transforming the system of care.

Tiffany Kelley provided a personal account of her journey as a nurse entrepreneur. Every nurse has the potential to become a problem-solver because they can capitalize on their uniquely personal insight into the challenges of healthcare.

Mental Health First Aid Training

30 School Nurses become Mental Health First Aid Certified March 11, 2017.


Program Overview: Youth Mental Health First Aid® for School Nurses Training is the help offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder, or a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves. Youth Mental Health First Aid® does not teach participants to diagnose or to provide treatment.

Program Objectives:

  1. Increase knowledge of mental health and substance use disorder issues in youth and adolescents.
  2. Enhance sensitivity to the prevalence of mental disorders in adolescent development resiliency, and the spectrum of interventions.
  3. Raise confidence to intervene and assist individuals experiencing a mental health issue by using a Mental Health First Aid Action Plan.

Location: Training is being offered by the New Jersey Hospital Association. The session will be held at 760 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ. No late arrivals will be permitted.

Accreditation Statement
HRET is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians. HRET designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Health Research and Educational Trust is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number P131-1/15-18. This activity provides 8.0 contact hours.
There are no conflicts of interest, sponsorship or financial/commercial support being supplied for this activity. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the provider or American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.
HRET has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 8.0 New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).


Surplus? Shortage? Recent trends in the RN labor market 2-24-16

In light of a hot hospital labor market for RNs and reports of looming retirements of the baby boomers, David Auerbach and Peter Buerhaus will discuss recent employment trends of RNs through the end of 2015 as well as future national and regional forecasts.

New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing (NJCCN) 2017 Call for Proposals

One of NJCCN’s mission statements is to: “Transform the healthcare system through research and innovative model programs.” To this effect, we are seeking proposals from DNP and PhD Nursing students currently working on an IRB approved dissertation or capstone project. Please click the image to the right for the call for proposals and a complete list of requirements.George Hebert 2017

All submissions will be blinded and reviewed by the NJCCN review committee. Awards will be at the sole discretion of the NJCCN.
Funding period: July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018.
Final project report is due July 31st, 2018.

Please click the image below for the budget template. This template must be completed and submitted with all proposals.

Budget Template

Budget Template

We hope you will encourage your students to submit their proposals or projects for this funding. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 PM on May 30, 2017. Please send all submissions and inquiries to Dr. Edna Camdus at .

April 7th Educational Summit

Conference Brochure

Event Brochure

On April 7, 2017, the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing will be hosting our second annual Educational Summit for grassroots nurses. This conference, “Nurses Reimagining Healthcare,” aims to inspire attendees to use innovation as a strategy for defining new and current roles across the healthcare continuum. We will increase exposure to emerging fields in healthcare and introduce attendees to technologies that have been developed by nurses to meet challenges within their field. We believe that nurses have within themselves the capability to meet the demands of the evolving landscape of healthcare.

Attendees will receive 5.5 contact hours for the time that they dedicate to this event.

April 7th Conference Schedule

April 7th Conference Schedule

The summit will feature a keynote speaker from the Center for Creative Leadership on innovation and career paths, followed by presentations by a nurse developer of the Nightingale app, two members of Mercy Virtual Nursing, and a health insurance executive who will speak on the ways that nurses are transforming health care across the system of care. We will also host a series of conversations with nurses who specialize in fields such as  palliative care, nurse navigators, forensic nursing, and behavioral health nursing.

This event is produced in collaboration with New Jersey Health Initiatives, New Jersey Nursing Initiatives, Aetna, and the New Jersey Action Coalition.


Discounted early bird registration ends on February 28th!

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