Four N.J. Nursing Scholars Complete Advanced Degree Programs
N.J. Nursing Initiative Boosts Number of Nurses
Prepared to Fill Faculty Positions in the Garden State
Princeton, N.J.—With the support of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative
), four more highly educated nurses are prepared to assume faculty roles and help meet the educational needs of New Jersey’s nursing workforce in a rapidly evolving health care landscape.
Three of NJNI’s Faculty Preparation Program participants, known as New Jersey Nursing Scholars, recently completed their doctorates at the Rutgers School of Nursing:
Shanda Johnson, PhD, MS, RN, APN-C, FNP, of Scotch Plains;
Aleesa M. Mobley, PhD, RN, APN-C, of Williamstown; and
Catherine Jirak Monetti, PhD, MA, RN, of Mountain Lakes.
One scholar earned her master’s degree at the Rutgers School of Nursing:
Karon Branch, MSN, RN, FNP, of Willingboro.
Additionally, Jenee Skinner-Hamler, DNP, RN, FNP, of Mays Landing, who had completed her master’s degree at the Rutgers School of Nursing in 2011 as a New Jersey Nursing Scholar, received alumni incentive funding from NJNI and completed her doctor of nursing practice degree at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched NJNI in 2009, and it has now supported 51 New Jersey Nursing Scholars whose master’s or doctoral degrees qualify them for nurse faculty positions. NJNI’s final cohort of scholars—10 PhD students—continue in their programs.
“The New Jersey Nursing Scholars are a vital part of NJNI’s legacy, and a reflection of its future,” said NJNI Program Co-Director Susan W. Salmond, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN. “We’re proud to help fuel the pipeline of nurse faculty needed to educate the next generation of nurses.”
“NJNI’s initial focus on the state’s nurse faculty shortage has helped us better understand where to go next,” added NJNI Program Co-Director Aline M. Holmes, DNP, MSN, RN. “Now we’re encouraging the state’s nursing programs to teach the relevant skills that will help students succeed in meeting emerging health care needs.”
“Without the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, the prospect of pursuing doctoral studies was daunting,” said Monetti. “This experience gave me so much more than teaching credentials.”
Mobley, who holds an adjunct faculty position at Rowan University and is pursuing a full-time tenure-track position there, said that NJNI “encouraged and enhanced better teaching skills. I plan on giving my professional best in return.”
“I’ve always loved the profession, and I’m eager to teach other nurses in the future,” said Branch, a family nurse practitioner who hopes to become a primary care provider and teach part time.
Johnson, a family nurse practitioner who plans to teach part time this fall, said that the scholarship benefited her research on adolescent obesity, enhancing both her clinical and academic skills. “I’d like to eventually serve as a dean or in a similar leadership role,” she said. “It’s important to have nurses in those positions.”
NJNI’s priorities now include:
An Online Faculty Development Program;
Enhanced partnerships with other organizations, including a key role with the New Jersey Action Coalition, which helps the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s landmark 2010 nursing report as part of a nationwide effort to transform nursing and the delivery of health care in America;
Promoting educational initiatives and pilot projects that will attune nursing education to community-based and population health; and
Encouraging curricular and instructional changes in nursing to better reflect health care trends.
The New Jersey Nursing Scholars are available for interviews, and photographs of them are available upon request.
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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
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 www.nini.org.
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Aline Holmes of N.J. Hospital Association, Susan Salmond of UMDNJ-School of Nursing to Lead Innovative Effort to Address State’s Nurse Faculty Shortage
Trenton, N.J.—The New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) today announced that Aline M. Holmes, MSN, RN, and Susan W. Salmond, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, will become program directors following next month’s departure of Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, who has served in that position since NJNI’s inception. Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, NJNI was launched in 2009 to address the state’s nurse faculty shortage and help avert the projected shortage of more than 23,000 nurses in New Jersey in less than two decades.
“Aline Holmes and Susan Salmond bring exceptional skills and experience to NJNI,” said RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing, Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Their passion for promoting the health and well-being of New Jersey’s citizens is apparent in their work, and that translates beautifully to the mission of NJNI: ensuring that a nurse will be there for you.”
Holmes is the senior vice president for clinical affairs at the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) in Princeton, as well as the director of the NJHA Institute for Quality & Patient Safety. She also serves as a principal investigator/project director for several patient safety improvement initiatives funded by RWJF and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, and directs NJHA’s efforts under a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract to serve as a Hospital Engagement Network in the Partnership for Patients national initiative. A U.S. Navy Nurse Corps veteran, Holmes completed her undergraduate studies in nursing at the University of Massachusetts and received her master of science in nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is pursuing a doctorate in nursing leadership at Rutgers University. Her hospital background includes leadership roles in nursing administration, patient care services, and operations. She has also served as an advanced practice nurse, worked in long-term care and managed care, and held faculty appointments in New Jersey, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
“As a nurse and as an administrator, I’ve long known the fundamental role that nurses have in providing care and promoting health,” Holmes said. “I’m eager to tackle the challenges in New Jersey that NJNI has focused on so tirelessly for four years.”
Salmond is dean and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-School of Nursing, which will become Rutgers School of Nursing following the integration of the two universities on July 1. Salmond spearheaded development of New Jersey’s first doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree program, which was launched at UMDNJ in 2006. Under her leadership, the nursing school has also established new master’s programs in clinical leadership, advanced community health nursing, advanced emergency nursing, and nursing education. Salmond serves as co-chair of the New Jersey Action Coalition’s Academic Progression Committee and has been a member of NJNI’s Leadership Council. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from the Villanova University College of Nursing, which in 2012 presented her its highest honor, the College of Nursing Medallion. She is a 2012 inductee into the Hall of Honor at the Seton Hall University College of Nursing, where she received her master of science in nursing with a specialization in chronic illness management. She earned her doctor of education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.
“NJNI has made remarkable progress in fueling the pipeline of nurse faculty in the state,” said Salmond. “It’s an honor to assume the leadership of NJNI, with Aline Holmes, and build on its success.”
Bakewell-Sachs, who also until recently was interim provost of The College of New Jersey, has accepted an appointment as dean of the School of Nursing and vice president for nursing affairs at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
NJNI’s Faculty Preparation Program has supported 61 New Jersey Nursing Scholars who are pursuing, or have completed, master’s or doctoral degrees in New Jersey nursing programs. These nurses are now poised to assume nurse faculty roles in New Jersey.
NJNI launched WeTeachNursingNJ.com, a website dedicated to nurse faculty career information. NJNI has also led the development of several clinical innovations projects across the state to more closely link nursing education and practice, including dedicated education units and renewed education for clinical preceptors; and it has a key role in the New Jersey Action Coalition, which helps the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s landmark 2010 nursing report as part of a nationwide effort to transform nursing and the delivery of health care in America.
Holmes and Salmond will continue in their current roles with NJHA and UMDNJ-School of Nursing after they begin their NJNI appointments on July 1.
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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.
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