To Improve health care in New Jersey, a powerful alliance is working to advance the nursing profession

The spirit of collaboration always has been a hallmark of nursing and in New Jersey, the profession is benefiting from a new alliance between three leading organizations: the New Jersey Action Coalition (NJAC), the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) and New Jersey Health Initiatives. The groups are working together on pressing issues, including redesigning nursing curricula, diversifying the state’s health care workforce, and preparing health care professionals to provide community-based care throughout the state.

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New Jersey nurses celebrate career accomplishments

Nurses from six different colleges and universities in the state have completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Nursing Initiative. A group of 19 RNs known as New Jersey Nursing Scholars graduated with MSN degrees in preparation for becoming nursing faculty in the state. Read More


New Jersey Nursing Initiative Celebrates Second Cohort of Master’s Candidates

Spring meeting featured Collaborative Learning Community sessions led by experts from RWJF nursing programs.

On April 20, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) held a graduation ceremony for 19 New Jersey Nursing Scholars who have completed the program and will soon be newly minted MSNs ready to join the nurse faculty workforce.

NJNI is a multi-year, multi-million dollar project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, working to transform nursing education in the state. Its goal is to ensure that New Jersey has the well prepared, diverse nurse faculty it needs to educate nurses to meet the demand for health and health care in the 21st Century. Read More

NJ Training Nurses as Educators of Future Nurses

New Jersey is making strides in meeting the challenges of a looming nursing shortage by providing incentives that are persuading some in the profession to turn to teaching the next generation of nurses.

These nurses are pursuing advanced degrees with the intent to serve as nurse faculty through the New Jersey Nursing Initiative. Launched in 2009 with $30 million in funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a number of nurses have already been hired and others are working on their doctoral degrees.

This commitment from RWJF “is transformational,” said Lynn Mertz, deputy director of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative. Eighteen of the scholars have completed the master’s in nursing program, and several have joined nursing school faculties. “They can teach with a master’s but our idea and hope is that the master’s students will continue on for their doctorates,” she said. Read More


The Race to Build More Federally Funded Health Centers in New Jersey

New Jersey’s federally qualified health centers are very busy places — understandably so, given that most of their patients are either uninsured or on Medicaid. But for Kathy Grant Davis, president of the New Jersey Primary Care Association, current capacity is only one of her concerns. She is looking to 2014, when federal healthcare reform will drive up the number of patients who rely on FQHCs.

In order to serve that growing population, Davis plans on opening another 30 FQHC locations. But Davis said keeping the expansion on track will hinge in large measure on New Jersey winning more federal money. Read More

Program to ease nurse faculty shortage

New Jersey Nursing Initiative celebrates first group of scholars to become newly minted nursing professors

Eighteen new graduates in New Jersey have become the first Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Nursing Scholar alumni, and many are beginning careers as nurse faculty in the state this fall.

The scholars all earned master’s degrees, and are the first set of graduates of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative’s innovative Faculty Preparation Program. Read More