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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Taking steps to keep up with nursing’s changing role in health care

By Susan W. Salmond and Robert Atkins

Why do you need a nurse? To help you get better when you’re sick? That’s the reason we usually give. But there’s another reason: To keep you as healthy as possible, too.

That’s another story entirely and it’s one that is unfolding quickly as the health care demands of the 21st century come into focus. The time has arrived for New Jerseyans to prioritize prevention as strongly as treatment so our health, and the health of our communities, can flourish.

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RWJF Research Roundup

Research Roundup

Sarah Szanton, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, (’11) led a study on the success of her CAPABLE program, which provides care and services to allow elders to age in their homes rather than hospitals or nursing homes. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. Szanton is a Nurse Faculty Scholars alumna and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.

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