Call for Proposals 2018

As one of NJCCN’s mission statements is to: “Transform the healthcare system through research and innovative model programs,” the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing (NJCCN) invites proposals for the George Hebert Legacy Grant Award.  Proposals can be submitted by nurse researchers (PhD), nurses with a current DNP, or doctoral nursing students (DNP or PhD) currently working on an IRB approved project that addresses nursing workforce related topics. Priority will be given to the following topics:

George J. Hebert served the New Jersey Board of Nursing from 2000-2015.


  • Innovative APN Practice Models
  • Outcomes on Residency Programs (Specialty area transitions and post-acute care settings)
  • Emerging roles for LPNs in a changing healthcare environment
  • Workforce gaps
  • Impact of school nurses in the community
  • Strategies to address the nursing faculty shortage

Funding will be up to $2500.


  • Application Deadline: 12/05/2018
  • Awards will be Announced: 2/01/2019
  • Funding Period: 4/01/2019 – 3/31/2019
  • Final Project Report Due: 4/01/2020


  • Applicants must be current DNP or PhD nursing students from an accredited NJ based doctoral program OR nurse researcher (PhD) OR completed DNP based in NJ.
  • Findings must be available within 1 year of date of submission and be made available to the NJCCN for publication on the NJCCN website.
  • Funds can be used for data analysis and or project implementation costs. Funds cannot be used to supplement salaries or student tuition.



2018 Budget Template

  • Submit your proposed budget on the 2018 Budget Template.
  • Applications can be sent via e-mail to Dr. Edna Cadmus, . Questions may be directed to Victoria Field, , (973) 353-2715.
  • All submissions will be blinded and reviewed by the NJCCN review committee. Awards will be at the sole discretion of the NJCCN.
  • Grant recipients are responsible for submitting a final narrative report, minimum of 5 pages to include a plan for dissemination and next steps, and an executive summary of approximately 450 words. The final narrative and executive report are due 60 days after the end of the grant period.
  • Recipients are also expected to submit findings/results at one of the NJCCN’s meetings within 1 year of completion of the study/project.
  • Failure to complete the requirement within the allotted time period may result in full repayment of the award to the NJCCN.
  • The grantee must acknowledge the NJCCN as a funding source in any publication.
  • The grantee must provide the NJCCN with a reprint of any publication resulting from the work.
  • The NJCCN may wish to publicize portions of any or all reports, documents, and materials developed by the grantee and will do so only with the permission of the grantee.



  1. A succinct proposal (not to exceed 5 double spaced pages, Times New Roman or Arial Font size 12) outlining the project to include:
    • Purpose/aim of project; background and significance; objectives; timeline; methodology; nursing implications
    • Abstract, bibliography, budget and IRB approval letter (these will not count toward the 5 page limit)
    • Bio-sketch (not to exceed 250 words) for each member of the team
  2. Complete a budget worksheet outlining how the $2,500 grant money will be utilized.
  3. Include two letters of support for this project, and if applicable, an executive sponsor letter of support.

2018 NJLN Convention Keynote

Edna Cadmus, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN keynote speech – “NJ Nursing: The Surveys Say…”

Edna Cadmus, Executive Director of the NJCCN, will be plenary keynote speaker at the Annual Convention of the New Jersey League for Nursing!  The 2018 convention will run from March 28 – 29. The Center will also be presenting a research poster. Follow the link below for more information and conference registration.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement White Paper

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement published a white paper titled “IHI Framework for Improving Joy in Work.” Please see the executive summary, below, and click the image to read the full publication.

With increasing demands on time, resources, and energy, in addition to poorly designed systems of daily work, it’s not surprising health care professionals are experiencing burnout at increasingly higher rates, with staff turnover rates also on the rise. Yet, joy in work is more than just the absence of burnout or an issue of individual wellness; it is a system property. It is generated (or not) by the system and occurs (or not) organization-wide. Joy in work – or lack thereof – not only impacts individual staff engagement and satisfaction, but also patient experience, quality of care, patient safety, and organizational performance.

This white paper is intended to serve as a guide for health care organizations to engage in a participative process where leaders ask colleagues at all levels of the organization, “What matters to you?” – enabling them to better understand the barriers to joy in work, and co-create meaningful, high-leverage strategies to address these issues.

This white paper describes the following:

  • The importance of joy in work (the “why”);
  • Four steps leaders can take to improve joy in work (“the how”);
  • The IHI Framework for Improving Joy in Work: nine critical components of a system for ensuring a joyful, engaged workforce (the “what”);
  • Key change ideas for improving joy in work, along with examples from organizations that helped test them; and
  • Measurement and assessment tools for gauging efforts to improve joy in work.

Perlo J, Balik B, Swensen S, Kabcenell A, Landsman J, Feeley D. IHI Framework for Improving Joy in Work. IHI White Paper. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2017. (Available at

2017 Nursing Community Coalition

“For over a decade, the Nursing Community Coalition has been a partnership of national professional nursing associations that builds consensus and advocates on a wide spectrum of healthcare issues. Collectively, the Nursing Community is comprised of 58 national nursing organizations that represent the cross section of education, practice, research, and regulation within the profession. With over four million licensed registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and nursing students, the profession embodied the drive and passion to continually improve care for patients, families, and communities across the nation.”

For more information, follow the links below to a fact sheet and the 2017 Nursing Community Roster.

NJCCN releases supply and demand data for NJ nurses

Key highlights:

  • Although the data shows there are enough nurses the issues of distribution and specialization continue to be of concern.
  • Projection for APNs over the next 10 years shows significant growth based on demand data.
  • Faculty vacancies in baccalaureate and higher education programs are trending upward which needs to be addressed.
  • Enrollment and graduation rates have decreased by 20% and 30% respectively for LPNs.
  • 50% increase in RN to BSN graduations over last 4 years.   Read more… in the data section of the website.