Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) Faculty Preparation Program, graduates second cohort of future nurse faculty.

The New Jersey Education Collaborative of four state funded college and universities, was awarded 2.5 million dollars from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Nursing Initiative Faculty Preparation Program. The goal of the award is to address the NJ’s nursing faculty shortage by preparing qualified nurse faculty.  The RWJF scholars are full time students in an advanced practice program and enrolled in three graduate education courses.

 A variety of faculty socialization activities, such as student teaching and attendance at state nursing conferences are designed to further meet the NJNI educational competencies upon graduation.  In this final year of a four year grant six Nurse Faculty Scholars have graduated with an MSN in this exciting program:  Ruta Brazaitis, BSN, William Paterson University, Laura Zakresky, BSN, Kean University, Marlin Gross BSN and Stephanie Henson, BSN, The Richard Stockton College and Caitlin Fett, BSN and Alexander Manning, BSN, The College of New Jersey. 

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Left to Right – RWJF NJNI Cohort 2 Scholars - , Ruta Brazaitis ,Caitlin Fett, Stephanie Henson, Laura Zakresky Alex Manning, Marlin Gross.

Dr. Kem Louie is the Project Director of the funded program at the lead university, William Paterson University.  The faculty partners as follows:  Dr. Claire Donaghy, William Paterson University; Dr Minnie Campbell, Kean University; Dr Leslie Rice, The College of New Jersey.; Dr. Michelle Sabatini- The Richard Stockton College 


Congratulations to the RWJF New Jersey Nursing Initiative Cohort 1 Scholars who recently graduated and completed their Masters in Nursing degree, MSN.  The RWJF Scholars completing the program are; Tara Parker, Mary Restaino, Andrea Taylor, Elizabeth Arnold, Christine Bray, Caitlin Faupel-Lehrfeld, Hye-Jin Gehring and Kristine Martinho, all who are excited to begin their roles as New Jersey Nurse Educators.

Scholars Andrea Taylor and Elizabeth Arnold have accepted faculty positions at Kean University, a collaborative partner in the RWJF New Jersey Nursing Initiative Faculty Preparation program.  RWJF Scholar Laura Zakresky, also from Kean University, has been selected to participate in the NJSNA Mentorship program and Scholar Marlin Gross, accepted into Cohort 2, is teaching LPN, part time at Richard Stockton State College.

Arnold & Taylor 

Pictured above: Elizabeth Arnold and Andrea Taylor, recent graduates of the RWJF NJNI program and new faculty members at Kean University.  Kean University has partnered with William Paterson University, The College New Jersey and The Richard Stockton State College in the NJNI Collaborative.

Through the course of the 2011 academic year, the achievements have been numerous and the collaborative is proud to announce the following achievements of the RWJF Nursing Initiative Faculty Preparation Program scholars:

 

Scholarly Achievements-2011

C. Bray, H. Gehring, C. Lehfied, & A. Manning, Reports of issues of the 2011 AACN 

Baccalaureate Nursing Education Conference. RWJF NJNEC Nursing Education

Grand Round, February 12, 2011, Kean University Union NJ

Poster Presentations: Scholars

Annual NJ Nursing Convention- March 31-April 1, 2011 Atlantic City, NJ

Et al., Hye-Gin Gehring-Perceived Facilitators & Barriers to Progression Among Minority BSN Students

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Rusti Restaino and Tara Parker-Addressing the Special Needs of the Elderly Adult Immigrant Population

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Rusti Restaino and Tara Parker -Understanding and Addressing Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility

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American Nurses Association Ethics Conference- March 23-24, 2011

Los Angeles, CA

Rusti Restaino and Ruta Brazaitis-Providing ethnically sound care for the gay, Lesbian, bisexual and transgender populations

Accepted manuscripts for publication

Restaino, R. (2011).

      Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing

NJ Nursing Education Collaborative

Louie, K, Campbell, M., Donaghy, C., Rice, L., & Sabatini, M. (2011). A successful academic collaboration

to increase nurse faculty in NJ. 

Journal of Professional Nursing.

 

Presentations: Project Director Dr. Kem Louie

Poster Presentation- NJ Nursing Education Collaborative

Kem Louie PhD, RN- Project Director, Evaluation of a logic model in the design of the

NJ Nursing Collaborative to increase nurse faculty- Tentative hypotheses.

The Honor Society of Nursing- Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Alpha

Chapter- Annual Research  Day, WPUNJ, April 28, 2011

Podium presentations: NJ Nursing Collaborative:

Kem Louie PhD., RN-Project Director, Nursing Faculty Shortage: One NJ

Nursing Collaborative’s solution. Annual NJ Nursing Convention, March 31, 2011

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Kem Louie PhD, RN- Project Director, Application of a logic model in the

Design of the NJ Nursing Collaborative to increase nurse faculty-

WPUNJ University Research and Scholarship Day, Wayne, NJ

April 7, 2011

Kem Louie, PhD, RN- Engaging in an online environment:  Active learning

            strategies designed for nursing education courses to increase nurse

 faculty. Drexel University Institute for Nursing Education. Atlantic City,

NJ June 29, 2011.

 

In other news, the New Jersey Nursing Initiative organization recently featured RWJF Scholar Elizabeth

Arnold in their September 2011 newsletter.  Elizabeth Arnold speaks with gratitude about how much the

scholarship has enabled her to accelerate her goal of becoming a Nurse Educator in New Jersey.

In part it reads:

Scholarship Helps Arnold, Germain Go to School on a Full-Time Basis
Then they got an opportunity from the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI), supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, that provides select aspiring nurse educators with a scholarship for advanced studies covering tuition and fees, a $50,000-per-year stipend to cover living expenses over a period of two to four years, and a laptop computer.

The scholarship is part of NJNI, a multi-year, multi-million dollar project that is 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.

Both women said the scholarship enabled them to put their dreams on a fast track. Instead of postponing advanced education, as Arnold had decided to do, or taking courses one at a time, as Germain was doing, both women were able to quit their jobs and go to school on a full-time basis. That enabled them to accelerate their careers, save money, and spend more time at home with their families. Both women were also able to take advantage of mentoring and networking opportunities the scholarship offered.

Arnold, for her part, begins teaching a full course load this fall, including classes in nurse leadership, transcultural nursing and an independent practicum. She is excited to build on her experience as a teacher, which includes a course she designed and taught on nursing and oncology, her area of expertise.

She too plans to pursue her doctorate soon. “My plan is to take this year to learn the culture of a faculty position and then start looking at different Ph.D. programs in the area,” she said.

Both women say they could not have achieved so much so fast without the help of the scholarship. “It’s just been a very positive, wonderful experience,” Arnold said.  “I’m now eager to start the next chapter in my career.”

You may view the article in it’s entirely by clicking the link below:

http://www.njni.org/newsletterarticle/back-school-clinic-classroom

Please revisit this page for updates on the scholar’s future rewards, publications and presentations.

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) Faculty Preparation Program, awards scholarships to second cohort of future nurse faculty.

The New Jersey Education Collaborative of four state funded college and universities, was awarded 2.5 million dollars from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Nursing Initiative Faculty Preparation Program. The goal of the award is to address the NJ’s nursing faculty shortage by preparing qualified nurse faculty. The RWJF scholars are full time students in an advanced practice program and enrolled in three graduate education courses. A variety of faculty socialization activities, such as student teaching and attendance at state nursing conferences are designed to further meet the NJNI educational competencies upon graduation. The grant program has been funded until 2012.

The second cohort of 6 Nurse Faculty Scholars for this exciting opportunity has been selected: Ruta Brazaitis, BSN, William Paterson University, Laura Zakresky, BSN, Kean University, Marlin Gross BSN and Stephanie Henson, BSN, The Richard Stockton College and Caitlin Fett, BSN and Alexander Manning, BSN, The College of New Jersey. The new RWJF scholars will join the eight scholars previously selected for Cohort I, which include, Tara Parker and Rusty Restaino, William Paterson University, Elizabeth Arnold and Andrea Taylor, Kean University, Christine Bray and Caitlin Faupel-Lehrfeld, Richard Stockton State College and Hye Jin Gehring and Kristine Martinho, The College of New Jersey.


Left to Right – RWJF NJNI Cohort 2 Scholars - Caitlin Fett, S tephanie Henson, Laura Zakresky Alex Manning, Marlin Gross, Ruta Brazaitis.

Pictured – Back from the left to right; Caitlin Faupel –Lehrfeld, Mary Rustaino, Andrea Taylor, Hye Jin Gehring, Elizabeth Arnold, Front row from left to right; Christine Bray, Tara Parker and Kristine Martinho.

Dr. Kem Louie is the Project Director of the funded program at the lead university, William Paterson University. The faculty partners as follows: Dr. Claire Donaghy, William Paterson University; Dr Minnie Campbell, Kean University; Dr Leslie Rice, The College of New Jersey.; Dr. Michelle Sabatini The Richard Stockton College