Fellowship program at Rutgers prepares nurses for oncology patients

The number of patients with cancer is expected to rise 42% by 2025, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, but nurse practitioners trained for primary care sometimes lack oncology experience.
“They’re coming out of school with knowledge gaps,” said Tracy Krimmel, MSN, RN, AOCN, APRN-BC, nurse manager of adult oncology clinical services at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick.
Rutgers is addressing the issue by offering an Advanced Practice Nursing Fellowship program that gives NPs specialized training in cancer care.
Krimmel worked with Janet Gordils-Perez, MA, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNP, executive director/oncology nursing services at CINJ, and Renee Kurz, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, (NJNI Alumna) instructor at Rutgers University’s School of Nursing, to develop the program. In April, they gave a poster presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 40th annual Congress, where nurses nationwide learned about the program’s outcomes and sustainability.
The goal of the program is to retain NPs at CINJ and improve their comfort level by preparing them to practice confidently and independently, and handle complex challenges specific to oncology patients, such as pain management and end-of-life issues.

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10 N.J. coalitions awarded $200K, 4-year grants to build ‘culture of health’

NJNI partner group, New Jersey Health Initiatives’s director Bob Atkins said the grant is aimed at building a “culture of health” from the ground up.

“What we’re really trying to do is bring different sectors together … around the same table and ask them to identify what are the most pressing problems in their community and give them the tools to work better together,” he said.

In an effort to fight obesity and promote healthy living, dozens of Trenton community groups have found strength in numbers by forming alliances and pooling resources. But now, the 40-plus groups will put their heads together to come up with long-term, sustainable solutions, thanks to a four-year, $200,000 grant from New Jersey Health Initiatives.

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NJ’s elderly receive support from nurse residency grads

The long-term care program paired nurse residents with a preceptor for a year-long learning experience. Edna Cadmus, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, the NJAC’s co-leader, and Susan Salmond, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, co-chairwoman of NJAC’s education pillar, developed the project, which received $1.6 million in funding over three years. One statistic that helped determine that the inaugural class of the New Jersey Action Coalition’s Long-Term Care Nurse Residency Program made a big impact. “We began with 15 long-term care facilities participating and finished with 12,” said Hassler, a clinical associate professor at Rutgers University’s School of Nursing. “If you look at the national average for retention for nurses in long-term care, it’s about 49.5%. We retained about 80%. That’s a major success.”

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New Jersey CNO supports coalition’s push for more nurses on boards

Advocating for the patient, improving healthcare and honing leadership skills are just some of the ways nurses benefit from serving on boards of directors, according to Mary Anne Marra, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice president and CNO at East Orange (N.J.) General Hospital.

Marra should know. She has served on three boards and supports the national Nurses on Boards Coalition’s effort to place 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020. The coalition was founded in November by 21 nursing and healthcare organizations, including the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives, National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International, with the aim of increasing the presence of nursing on corporate and nonprofit health-related boards.

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