School Nurses 2017 Call for Proposals

The NJCCN is pleased to announce a call for proposals.  One of NJCCN’s mission statements is to: “Transform the healthcare system through research and innovative model programs.”   We are seeking proposals from school nurses that demonstrate nursing leadership in building a culture of health within the communities they serve. The project must include the following components:

  • Demonstrate cross sector collaboration with 2 other sectors such as (police, clergy, department of health etc.)
  • Include a school nurse in the team
  • Demonstrate the use of data sources (such as the NJDOH Healthy NJ 2020; County Health Rankings and Roadmaps; Community Needs Assessments).
  • Describe the social and economic factors that influence the project

Funding will be up to $10,000 per team

5 Grants will be awarded if criteria are met

Please see the following documents for more information

Proposals are due by 5:00 PM on May 20, 2017 to Dr. Edna Cadmus ().

Awards will be announced on June 5, 2017.

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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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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!