In Memory of      Dr. Geri Dickson, Inaugural Executive Director

In Memory of Dr. Geri Dickson, Inaugural Executive Director

Dr. Geri Dickson quietly and comfortably passed away last week in her home in Madison, Wisconsin, and nursing lost one of its 21st century pioneers. Geri, a former faculty member at Rutgers Nursing, was instrumental in transforming an RWJF-funded project, Colleagues in Caring, into the permanently state-funded New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing.

Geri, as the Inaugural Executive Director of the Collaborating Center, tirelessly reached out to state legislators, presented before legislative committees, and worked with State Senator Joseph Vitale to gain support for the Center until funding was legislatively approved in 2005. She ensured that the mission of the Collaborating Center was secured – to collect nursing workforce data for New Jersey, provide evidence-based policy recommendations to strengthen and sustain New Jersey’s nursing workforce, ensure sufficient educational capacity at our schools of nursing, increase the diversity of the nursing workforce, and to form collaborative partnerships between academic nursing and our practice partners.

I was privileged to work with Geri over the years. Having the privilege to learn from Dr. Dickson during the Colleagues in Caring Grant and her advocacy for the Center gave me the opportunity to follow her lead and build upon the foundation she laid for the future of nursing. I am ever indebted to her. Nursing across the state has benefited from the work she did to make this Center a success. She will be greatly missed but her legacy continues. Dr. Edna Cadmus, Executive Director NJCCN.

LPN Workforce in New Jersey

Watch this video to learn the results from a recent research study conducted to understand the current practice of LPNs in New Jersey by describing and comparing the perceptions of LPNs and LPN employers about their roles and job functions across settings.

Future of Nursing Campaign for Action

REGISTER TODAY for The Future of Nursing: Passion, Purpose, and Progress!

This is the first of two major stakeholder meetings of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action as we prepare for the release of the National Academy of Medicine’s second future of nursing report.

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2021 NJLN Virtual Convention

The NJLN proudly announces the 2021 Virtual Convention and Exhibit Expo. Each year the NJLN comes together to learn, network, and take time to focus on personal and professional development. NJLN has developed an event focused on and representing today’s nurse that is built on an industry leading event technology platform that is easy to navigate. Please join NJLN as they make history by hosting their first virtual convention!

Visit http://www.njln.org/convention.html for more information.

Virtual Conference

Join us June 8-10, 2021 for the Nurses Reshaping the Workforce: From Crisis to Innovation 2021 Virtual Conference, hosted by the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers in partnership with National Nurse-Led Care Consortium. The entire conference will be virtual and conducted through Zoom. Presentations will be scheduled throughout each day. Administrators, Clinicians, Faculty, Researchers, Scholars, and Students interested in speaking or presenting at the conference are warmly invited to submit a conference abstract.

The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the National Forum for State Nursing Workforce Centers are committed to creating a conference that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. We both encourage and expect abstracts to address issues related to building a more inclusive and just society, including anti-racism, LGBTQ+ affirming care, economic justice, and more.

Abstract submission link: https://nurseledcare.phmc.org/events/item/924-call-for-abstracts-nurses-reshaping-the-workforce-from-crisis-to-innovation.html