The following is the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) weekly news roundup, highlighting nursing and health care stories from around the state.

New Era Begins for Long-Term Care in N.J. as Health Care Model Shifts (N.J. Spotlight)
July 1 marks a key moment in the transformation of long-term care in New Jersey, as the state shifts from a system that emphasized nursing homes toward one that gives more funding to home-based and community services. Under the Medicaid Managed Long-Term Supports and Services (MLTSS) program, New Jersey will no longer pay a fee for each individual long-term medical-related service residents receive. Instead, the state will pay managed care organizations a fixed amount to coordinate all of the health care and other long-term services. The managed-care program is the centerpiece of five-year Medicaid comprehensive waiver, which aims to save the state money while still improving services by focusing more on residents’ individual needs.

Califon resident selected as Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (Hunterdon County Democrat)
Rutgers University Professor D. Anthony “Tony” Forrester, PhD, RN, ANEF, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He will be inducted into the Academy at its national meeting in October in Washington. Selection for fellowship in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the nursing profession. New fellows will be eligible to use the credentials FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their induction.

Nomination Date Extended for March of Dimes Nurse of the Year (
The nomination date for the ninth annual March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter Nurse of the Year awards has been extended. The March of Dimes will be honoring nurses, the unsung heroes of health care, for their outstanding contributions. The award ceremony will be held on November 19 at Pines Manor in Edison. Nominations for nurses in 19 different categories are being accepted until July 14.