December 2022 Newsletter

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Our team continues to work to advocate on behalf of nurses in NJ and disseminate information to our valued constituents.

As always, thank you for your continued support!



Senate Bill 2825/A4325

Senate Bill 2825/A4325 introduced by Senator Vitale was passed in the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. It is a comprehensive package to address nurses and nursing workforce issues and ultimately support the care of NJ residents.

Click HERE to read the testimony of NJCCN's Executive Director, Edna Cadmus PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

Senate Bill 2825/A4325 Summary

  • Recruitment of faculty to increase nursing student enrollment
  • Preceptor Tax Credits for APN preceptors
  • Retention of Staff
  • Nurse residency programs for new LPN and RN graduates to transition into practice
  • Nurse Workplace Environment and Staffing Councils in hospitals
  • Mental Health and Well-being programs for nurses
  • Data Transparency
  • Funding stability for the Center

Click HERE to read S2825/A4325.

Click HERE to read S1522.


Testimony on A4614

Pamela B. de Cordova, PhD, RN-BC, Associate Professor and Faculty Researcher for the NJCCN, Jennifer Polakowski, testified on Dec. 12th at the Assembly Higher Education Committee on Bill A4614 Modifying the Nursing Faculty Loan Redemption Program.

Click Here to read Bill A4614.


NJCCN 20th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating 20 Years of Service

This year, the New Jersey Collaborative Center for Nursing (NJCCN) is celebrating its 20th anniversary of supporting the nursing workforce.

NJCCN Honored Dr. Geri Dickson (Posthumous), NJCCN's inaugural executive director who worked tirelessly to transform a corporate initiative into a state-funded organization. Also honored was Senator Joseph F. Vitale, Chair of the NJ Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens (SHH), who sponsored the original legislation that established NJCCN.

The 1st Annual New Jersey Rural Health Conference

Advancing Care and Health Equity In Rural Communities

Dr. Edna Cadmus, NJCCN Executive Director presented at The 1st Annual New Jersey Rural Health Conference on November 10, 2022. This conference included rural healthcare advocates, community and faith-based organizations, healthcare workers, government officials, public health professionals, and rural health leaders throughout NJ.

Dr. Cadmus was on a panel to discuss "Recruitment and Retention of Healthcare Workforce: New Strategies for New Demands".

Click HERE for more information.

NJCCN Clinical Coordinator Conference

Nurse Residency Clinical Coordinator Conference

NJCCN hosted its 2nd Clinical Coordinator Conference on Oct. 26, 2022.

Michele Livich Roberts, EdD, RN, CNE presented active and engaging topics including teaching strategies for "Contextualizing the NRP Curriculum".

New Jersey Future of Nursing 2020-2030

The NJ Action Coalition Workgroups have been meeting mont with Dr. Nina Vaid Raoji to mobilize their respective work priorities. 


Continues to garner support for Senate Bill 2825/Assembly Bill 4325 which will support nurse preceptor tax credits, nurse residency programs, training, and the workforce center. 


Continues to educate and promote APN Full Practice Authority Bill S1522/A2286 which was heard in the Senate Health Committee on December 15, 2022.


Continues to run Virtual Schwartz Rounds (56 sessions/4100 nurses served to date), Stress First Aid Training (170 Trainers in 85 Orgs to date), Nurse2Nurse Support Line (2230 calls supported to date), and creating the well-being hub's repository for resources. 


Continues to go through data collected around recruitment and retention best practices survey (90% response rate) towards creating a tool kit, launch SDOH and ACES modules for nurses, work with EOF to determine best practices for supporting nurses, and explore ways to engage youth into nursing. 

Visit NJAC

Nurses Participation Needed!

As part of NJ-NEW’s mission to support nurses' emotional well-being, we are excited to announce a partnership with the Dugri App for a four-month pilot exploring the use of a peer-to-peer app as an intervention. The Dugri App is a safe and confidential platform for nurses to share their experiences without judgment or stigma. Through Dugri, you can give or receive support from a peer network of healthcare professionals across the country, 24/7. The Dugri App pilot offers a place to connect with your peers, unload stress, and use “real talk” while remaining anonymous.

Dugri App Pilot Details:

Program Dates: November 15, 2022 - March 15, 2023

Registration: Click HERE for Registration/Pre-Survey

To explore the Dugri app and its features, please click on this link to view their introduction video.

Click HERE for 3 ways to access the app.

Virtual Schwartz Rounds

Join Us to Talk, Listen, & Share

What are Virtual Schwartz Rounds? VSR are remote convenings that take place online using Zoom. They provide a forum for connecting with nursing colleagues facing challenging experiences while trying to care for themselves and others. They are opportunities to connect with one another about difficult or uplifting experiences, to offer and to receive support, and to decrease a sense of isolation.

Theme: Finding the Joy in Nursing

Time & Date: 12pm-1pm (EDT) | Dec. 15, 2022

Targeted Audience: All Nurses

Click HERE to Register

Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link.

Each Session Offers 1 CEU

Theme: Hopeful for the New Year: Creating Positive Intentions

Time & Date: 12pm-1pm (EDT) | Jan. 12, 2023

Targeted Audience: All Nurses

Click HERE to Register

Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link.

Each Session Offers 1 CEU


Nurse Residency Program

New Jersey Nurse Residency Collaborative Members

There are now 23 hospitals participating in the Nurse Residency Collaborative. NJCCN welcomes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Division, and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Division. NJCCN has registered over 1,550 residents. The Collaborative aims to increase the use of standardized, high-quality nurse residency programs across the state through the implementation of the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program. Visit the website for more information.

Please contact Edna Cadmus at ednacadm@sn.rutgers.edu if you are interested in joining the Collaborative.

New Jersey Nurse Residency Collaborative Members

NJCCN Received its 4th GAINS Grant from NJDOL to Support Nurse Residents in Acute Care!

New Jersey Nurse Residency Collaborative Members

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Division

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Division

Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell

Capital Health Regional Medical Center

Cooper University Health Care

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Holy Name Medical Center

Hudson Regional Hospital

Hunterdon Medical Center

Inspira Medical Center Elmer

Inspira Medical Center Vineland

Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill

Jefferson Health – Stratford

Jefferson Health – Cherry Hill

Jefferson Health – Washington Township

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - Rahway

Salem Medical Center

University Hospital - Newark

Virtua Marlton

Virtua Memorial

Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes

Virtua Willingboro

Virtua Voorhees

NJCCN Articles

First Year Outcomes: Program Evaluation of a Statewide Nurse Residency Program has been published in JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration in Vol. 52, No. 12, December 2022. (Edna Cadmus, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN and Michele Livich Roberts, EdD, RN, CNE)

Nursing Home Patient Safety Culture Perceptions Among Licensed Practical Nurses will be published in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality: Available online in January 2023 and then published in the July/September 2023 issue. (Susan Weaver, PhD, RN, CRNI, NEA-BC)


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