April 7th Educational Summit

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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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February School Nurse Retreat

New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) practices an innovative method of awarding grants to address the challenges that are faced in building a Culture of Health. Instead of assigning missions to organizations and telling them what to do with the funding, NJHI is taking a step back and allowing grantees to come up with their own goals and action plans. NJCCN is currently administering one such grant, which we are using to educate and support school nurses in their uniquely community-oriented work.
The first action under this grant project was to host a retreat on February 4th at the Princeton Marriott. Forty-two school nurses were in attendance.
Bob Atkins of NJHI presents on the role of school nurses within the wider communities, beyond the walls of their schools.

Bob Atkins of NJHI presented on the role of school nurses within the wider communities, beyond the walls of their schools.

The day started with a presentation by Bob Atkins on role of school nurses in the wider community, beyond the walls of their schools. He pointed out that school nurses get an insider’s perspective on the lives of their students. Every Monday morning, students flock to the nurse to be treated for the ailments that cropped up over the weekend, and nurses hear the accompanying stories. In this way, they become involved with every crisis from house fires to new glasses prescriptions. But healthcare shouldn’t be limited to treating problems as they arise, in a “downstream” framework. Instead, healthcare should be addressed “upstream,” addressing the sources of health problems before they become crises.

Jennifer Rosen Valverde presented on the social determinants of health, especially poverty.

Jennifer Rosen Valverde presented on the social determinants of health, especially poverty.

The next presentation by Jennifer Rosen Valverde (Clinical Professor of Law in the Education and Health Law Clinic, and Legal Director of the Health, Education, Advocacy & Law) Collaborative) was on the social determinants of health. She particularly stressed the detrimental effects of poverty, both directly and indirectly. Income level determine’s a family’s diet, their housing, education, and transportation, all of which contribute to the state of their health. These factors (and more) contribute to a collective discrepancy of 15 years in the life expectancy of men in the top 1% and the bottom 1% in the United States. She urged school nurses to advocate for themselves and for their students, stating that her goal is “to have a more empowered and unifying voice” when addressing “health justice.” Understanding the actual causes of problems is vital to establishing coherent solutions. Too often, people do not ask questions about social determinants of health.

Sheila Caldwell then introduced the Framework for 21st Century Nursing Practice™, which was developed by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). According to publications by NASN, “The Framework provides structure and focus for the key principles and components of current day, evidence-based school nursing practice. It is aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model that calls for a collaborative approach to learning and health (ASCD & CDC, 2014).” Eileen Gavin followed up with a presentation on the work that school nurses do to address mental health in schools. She stated that 32% of work time is spent in addressing mental health, yet training and support for this aspect of nursing is minimal. NJCCN will be addressing this concern through day-long workshops to provide much-needed training in mental health care for school nurses.

For the second half of the day, attendees broke into small groups and examined the key principles as defined in the Framework for 21st Century Nursing Practice™ (Standards of Practice, Care Coordination, Leadership, Quality Improvement, and Community/Public Health). Under the direction of Robert Phillips and Sonya De Almeida, each group broke a principle down into priorities and then drafted an action plan for high priority items. These action plans will be finalized at a follow-up retreat in April. We were thrilled to see the high energy level and enthusiastic commitment from attendees, and we look forward to seeing how the work of this grant unfolds!


New Cohort of the NJAC RN Transition to Practice Residency Program

The NJCCN is continuing its funding of the New Jersey Action Coalition’s RN Transition to Practice Residency Program. Registration is still open for the 4th cohort, which will begin classes on January 17th. We aim to stabilize and develop the workforce through intensive nursing education targeted toward the learning needs of Post-Acute Care nurses.

The program provides education for pairings of preceptors and residents within participating facilities. Preceptors attend five classes (one per week) in which they focus on educational strategies for clinical teaching (five classroom days), current post-acute care current issues, best practices for care of the older adult, and Nurse of the Future© Core Competencies. Residents attend approximately 15 classes (one per week). Classes for residents include a transition-to-practice workshop, best-practices for care of the older adult, post-acute care issues, INTERACT™ (Interactions to reduce Acute Care Transfers), and presentations by guest speakers from New Jersey’s Post-Acute Care facilities and Rutgers University. Experiences nurses may tailor their participation in the curriculum to their needs, and preceptors are invited to attend additional sessions according to their interest.

There is no cost to participating facilities other than release time for residents and preceptors while they attend educational sessions.

Classes will be held on the Rutgers University Livingston Campus at 100 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854. For questions or registration, contact Kathy Black at katherine.black@rutgers.edu or (973)353-1972.

Strategic Planning Retreat

On October 21, 2016, the Board and Advisory Council of the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing met to review the Strategic Plan that was created for the Center in 2014. The event was organized and facilitated by Dr. Robert Phillips, Corporate Director of Education and Organizational Development at JFK Hospital.

Members of the Board and Advisory Council: (From the Left) Donna Stankiewicz, Barbara George Johnson, Evadne Harrison-Madu, Vicki Hasser, Michele McLaughlin, Edna Cadmus, Laura Mularz, Donna Murray, Tracy Vitale, Sue Weaver, Teri Wurmser, and Darlene Cox


Members of the Board and Advisory Council voted to prioritize goals and actions. From front to back: Evadne Harrison-Madu, Barbara George Johnson, and Donna Stankiewicz

Together, we reviewed the plan and prioritized new goals for the future. The NJCCN has been publishing workforce data since its inception, but we feel strongly that in order to achieve our vision of being the dominant voice on nursing workforce solutions for New Jersey citizens, our data needs to be disseminated and put to use.

Robert Phillips, Corporate Director of Education & Organizational Development at JFK Medical Center

Robert Phillips, Corporate Director of Education & Organizational Development at JFK Medical Center

Attendees split into small groups to review the Center's status and identify challenges.

Attendees split into small groups to review the Center’s status and identify challenges. Sue Weaver, Chairperson of the Board, records her group’s discussion.

Now, the Center’s staff are working with Dr. Phillips on distilling these priorities and breaking them down into a comprehensive plan that will be presented to the Board and Advisory Council for approval on December 9. The final Strategic Plan will identify key goals and lay out an action plan for accomplishing each of them over the next few years. The Center has progressed significantly since 2014, and we look to the future with a spirit of dedicated optimism. We will continue to use the momentum we have gained to achieve measurable outcomes and establish ourselves as a primary resource for the nursing workforce.








Edna Cadmus, Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Edna Cadmus:  2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization of Nurse Leaders

CONTACT: Susan Cholewka, 609-275-4110

Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey to Honor Several Nurse Leaders at Annual Holiday Meeting

Monroe Township – The Organization of Nurse Leaders of New Jersey (ONL NJ) will honor several nurse leaders at its Annual Holiday Meeting and Awards Brunch, “Celebrating Nursing Leadership in New Jersey,” on Dec. 8 at the Forsgate Country Club.

The following nurse leaders will be recognized for their years of dedication and unreserved support for New Jersey’s nursing profession:

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Edna Cadmus, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN of Rutherford, clinical professor specialty director at Rutgers School of Nursing and executive director of the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, in recognition of her lifetime dedication to nursing leadership and her limitless passion to advance the profession.

The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Rita V. Smith, DNP, MPA, RN, NEABC of Edison, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Jersey City Medical Center, in recognition of her contributions of time and talent to the medical center that exceed expectation.

The Nurse Executive Award will be presented to Jennifer A. O’Neill, DNP, APN, NEA-BC of Hoboken, vice president and chief nursing officer at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, for her exceptional leadership, guidance and service to the medical center and to the nursing profession.

The Nurse Leader Award will honor Judith Kay Fogg, BSN, RN, CRNI, of Salem, nurse manager at Inspira Medical Center Elmer, for her leadership, guidance and service to Inspira Medical Center and the nursing profession.

The Impact Award will be presented to The Nicholson Foundation in Newark for their commitment to improving healthcare.

Cheryl Clancy, MSN, MS, RN, NE-BC, of Sicklerville, assistant vice president of Patient Experience at Kennedy University Hospital, will receive the Professional Recognition Award for her continued commitment to nursing and significant impact on the profession.

Charles Vannoy, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC of Parsippany, assistant vice president at The Valley Hospital, will receive the Divisional Leader Award for his exceptional leadership in his role as the individual responsible for several units and areas of clinical practice.

Margaret Thornton, DNP, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC of Little Falls, nurse manager at The Valley Hospital, will receive the Aspiring Nurse Leader Award for demonstrating exceptional leadership, guidance and service to the hospital and to the nursing profession.

“This annual event offers ONL NJ the opportunity to celebrate and honor individuals for their significant contributions to nursing,” says ONL President Maria Brennan, DNP, RN, CPHQ, chief nursing officer at Lourdes Health System. “The 2016 class of honorees is quite an accomplished group.”

Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (R-Union), the only licensed nurse in the New Jersey Legislature and longtime advocate for ONL NJ, will serve as guest speaker at the event. ONL NJ has been the professional organization for nursing leaders in their quest for a united
voice in representing nursing administration and management in all practice settings, and is inclusive of the engagement of all nurse leaders and aspiring nurse leaders in the state. ONL NJ is committed to ongoing professional development, creating and sustaining formal and informal nursing mentorship opportunities at all levels, and mapping the future of safe patient care delivery in NJ.

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April 7th Educational Summit

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On April 7, 2017, the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing will host an Educational Summit for grassroots nurses. Come learn about emerging roles in nursing!


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