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Here is our end of the year  New Jersey Action Coalition Newsletter. The Coalition is part the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide movement to improve health and health care through nursing.  An initiaive of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign includes Action Coalitions in 50 states and the District of Columbia working to implement the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing recommendations. 

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Edna Cadmus         David Knowlton         Mary Wachter
                                 NJAC Co-Chairs

Building A Culture of Health in Innovation
Mary Jo Loughlin, RN, MAS, NE-BC, Administrative Director of Patient Care Services at Hunterdon Health Care was one of more than 100 attendees at the October 29 NJHA Building A Culture of Health in Innovation. The summit emphasized the important role nurses across all settings can and do play in transforming health in their communities. "It was really exciting to reach out and make connections with nurses across all settings in my community," said Loughlin. "It gave me the opportunity to look at what others are doing and to think about how those connections can make a difference in my own organization to improve transitions in care."   Attendees had the unique opportunity to participate in interactive sessions conducted by health care leaders and focused on how nurses can act on the local level to meet health care challenges in their communities and across the state. "It definitely energized me to look at problems differently, to formulate more questions and look for innovative solutions." Learn more ...

Maria Lanzi, MS, MPH, ANP-BC, COHN-S
An Unsinkable Molly Brown

The Challenge of Changing Culture
"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." This quote, attributed to English writer and philosopher, Aldous Huxley, could just as easily been credited to Maria Lanzi, MS, MPH, ANP-BC, COHN-S.  As a longtime Adult Nurse Practitioner and dedicated advocate of adult immunization, Lanzi recites with ease the role vaccines have played in stopping epidemics as far back as the 1700s. And yet, she says, we continue to be challenged ensuring the prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases.   Read More ....  
NJAC Seeks Support of Multicultural Nurses

Seeking Diverse, Highly Educated Workforce 
NJAC announced that they have received a second round of funding for the State Implementation Program Grant (SIP) grant to support the work of increasing the percentage of baccalaureate nurses to 80% by 2020 through seamless academic progression.  The goal for this round of funding is to have three seamless models for academic progression implemented by Fall 2016.  An additional consideration for the work of this grant-funded project is to attract a more diversified student population.  Read more ....

A Call To Action:
10,000 Nurses on Boards
New, Easy to Use Online Form
Nursing organizations across the country have launched an unprecedented effort in line with IOM Future of Nursing recommendations, to increase the presence of nurses on corporate and non-profit health-related boards of directors and implemented a national strategy to put 10,000 nurses on boards by the year 2020.

If you have an interest in expanding your leadership role by participating on any type of governing board, community/civic board, school board, etc., please fill our our new online form and upload your resume.  We will keep your information on file as we learn of new opportunities. Thank you!

What We've Learned!
NJAC Research Update
What do NJ Nurses know about the Future of Nursing and NJAC?
Our thanks to the nearly 300 nurses who took the time to respond to our recent survey!  Your responses gave us a better understanding of what NJ nurses do and do not know about the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Recommendations for the Future of Nursing and about the efforts of the NJ Action Coalition (us!). Here's what we learned.   Read More ....

St. Joseph's Regional Medical System hits 80% BSN Goal!
Making the Goal!
St. Joseph's Regional Medical System recently announced that it has obtained the goal of an 80% BSN workforce. "It's a great accomplishment," stated Maria Brennan, former Chief Nursing Officer at St. Joe's, "and one of which St. Joe's should be really proud." When considering hospitals for magnet status, the proportion of BSN nurses is one of the factors considered.  And while St. Joe's is a magnet hospital, Dr. Brennan feels it is more about providing quality patient care. Patient outcomes is directly related to the educational preparation of nurses. Studies have shown that every 10 percent increase in the proportion of BSN nurses in a hospital’s staff is associated with a 4 percent decrease in risk of death (National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, 2010).  One of the key recommendations from the IOM report was to achieve an 80% BSN rate by 2020. Congratulations St. Joe's on achieving a major milestone!

Let us know if your organization has reached an IOM goal - we want to share the good news!  
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Check out our  new  NJAC web page  through the Collaborating Center for Nursing with more news, stories and initiatives! Click here.


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Robert Wood Johnson      Foundation (RWJF)
AARP New Jersey
New Jersey Chamber of    Commerce Foundation
The Horizon Foundation    for New Jersey
Magnet Hospital Consortium
New Jersey Collaborating  Center for Nursing  (NJCCN)
New Jersey Hospital  Association (NJHA)
New Jersey League for  Nursing (NJLN)
New Jersey Nursing  Initiative (NJNI)
New Jersey State Nurses  Association (NJSNA)
Organization of Nurse  Executives of New Jersey  (ONE/NJ).    

 ....Because you can't do it without nurses!

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