It is with deep sadness that the NJNI program office shares the news that Rich Hader, PhD, RN, FAAN passed away on March 25, 2013. We feel honored to have been able to work with Rich – a gifted nurse leader. Dr. Hader was a champion of NJNI and co-chair of the committee focused on increasing faculty capacity. In particular, he dedicated his time to the "Innovations in Clinical Education" project, taking an "idea" and helping to turn it into a program.

This past year, 4 "Innovations in Clinical Education" pilots completed their work and presented their findings at a dissemination meeting in January 2013. Their success is a tribute to Dr. Hader’s passion for recognizing that academe and practice must partner to improve clinical education if we are to have the diverse, highly qualified nursing workforce that New Jersey deserves.

Dr. Hader recognized that he had a responsibility to help the next generation strive to be the best, and so he also spent time with our NJ Nurse scholars at annual meetings.

We are honored to be able to consider Dr. Rich Hader a colleague. His legacy lives on in NJNI – So a Nurse is there for you.