The new year will bring a new home for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI), as well as two new faces on the staff. As of January 1, 2014, NJNI will be located at the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey (HRET), an affiliate of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA).

Joining NJNI Program Co-Directors Aline M. Holmes, MSN, RN, and Susan W. Salmond, EdD, RN, ANEF, and Deputy Director Jennifer Polakowski, MPA, will be Program Coordinator Nina Raoji, RN, MSN, APN-C, and Projects Coordinator Hazelene Johnson, BS.

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Raoji holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She has worked as a registered nurse, an advanced practice nurse, and a clinical coordinator in settings including a pediatric intensive care unit, a pediatric emergency department, and a developmental and behavioral clinic at a large university hospital. Raoji is also the author of Raising Baby: A Pocket Guide to Baby's 1st Year and the creator of a related online community that supports parents and caregivers.

Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Howard University. A college internship with the State of New Jersey in operational excellence led to her spending five years as a trainer assisting with the development, implementation and presentation of several educational programs. Johnson has also worked as an outreach presenter for the NJ FamilyCare insurance program, and as an HRET continuing education program coordinator focused on instruction in electronic medical records conversion.

To reach NJNI starting on January 1, please use the following contact information:

New Jersey Nursing Initiative at NJHA/HRET
A national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
782 Alexander Road
Princeton, N.J. 08543
Phone: 609-275-4044
Fax: 609-275-4249

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched NJNI in 2009 to address the state's nurse faculty shortage and help avert the projected shortage of more than 23,000 nurses in less than two decades. Learn more about NJNI's current programs at