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

Diocese of Camden puts nursing homes up for sale (South Jersey Times)
The Diocese of Camden is looking for a buyer for all three of its nursing homes, as Bishop Dennis Sullivan released a statement saying the current model for diocesan nursing homes “cannot be sustained.” Proceeds from the sale would be used to fund current and new diocesan programs providing “health care ministry” to the poor, elderly, the homebound and the dying. The programs will also assist families with other health issues, including autism, according to the diocese.

Verona resident earns Clinical Educator of the Year award (Verona-Cedar Grove Times)
Mary Murray, a clinical educator at Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center in West Orange, was recently named Clinical Educator of the Year by the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “It’s a privilege to work with patients and families facing advanced illness,” Murray said. “Hospice nursing is frequently challenging, but knowing your care made a difference for a family facing a difficult time is very rewarding.”