Because You Can't Do It Without Nurse Leaders
You can’t do it without nurses” is a common mantra among NJAC members. Pillar 3, the Leadership Pillar, is working to make that abundantly clear through the development and recognition of nurses as leaders, regardless of role. The Leadership Pillar has four main goals: increase awareness among hospital, state and local boards and associations of the need to include nurse leaders; grow and refine a nurse leader database; establish a nurse leader mentorship program; and increase membership of nurses in the NJAC leadership pillar. To date their accomplishments are many.
Pillar Goal – Increase Awareness of the Need for Nurses on Boards
The expertise and professional guidance of nurse leaders on hospital, state and local boards is an important component to transforming healthcare in the future. Nursing input is a critical factor, not only in helping board leaders address safety and quality but, and perhaps even more important, to ensure the voice of the patient is heard. Pillar 3 is sending this message loud and clear, through videos (listen to NJAC co-lead, David Knowlton, NJ Healthcare Quality Institute and Bob Wise, CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare System) and presentations, where Bill Pierce, RN, co-chair, NJAC Leadership Pillar and corporate director of nursing practice and performance improvement for Lourdes Health System and Mary Wachter, RN, MSN, NJAC co-lead and director, East Region Government Affairs at Genetech, spread the word. To date, Bill and Mary’s presentations have included the October 2013 American Assembly for Men in Nursing’s 38th Annual Conference; the January 2014 CCNA Action Coalition Leadership Meeting; and the American Academy of Nursing’s annual meeting.
Pillar Goal – Grow and Refine the Nurse Leader’s Database
To date, 11 nurses have been appointed to hospital boards and/or task forces and commissions as the result of NJAC and Pillar 3 efforts. The most recent additions are Judith T. Caruso, DNP, MBA, RN, EABC, FACHE, Seton Hall University, College of Nursing, Associate Dean of Business, appointed to Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, Board of Governors, and to Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Board of Trustees, and Lauren Stabinsky, MSN, RN, CEN, director of emergency services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, appointed to the Council of Domestic Violence. The Nurse Leader Database continues to grow and will be used as a resource to identify and promote the appointment of even more nurse leaders.
Pillar Goal – Establish a Nurse Leader Mentorship Program
Recently, the Organization for Nurse Executives of New Jersey (ONE/NJ) agreed to act as an advisor to the Leadership Pillar in establishing a mentorship program for some new groups. ONE/NJ has been recognized nationally by the American Organization of Nurse Executives for their mentorship program. The initial program will be directed toward the development of nurse leaders in long-term care and is forecast to welcome its first participants within the next twelve months. The mentorship focus is in line with NJAC’s recently acquired funding for a Long Term Care Nurse Residency program.
Pillar Goal – Increase Pillar 3 Membership
Led by co-chairs, Bill Pierce and Marley Nicolas, administrative director for patient care services, Community Medical Center, Pillar 3 is looking for passionate, new members who are interested in promoting nurse leadership in New Jersey.
There are many opportunities to get involved in NJAC Pillar 3 activities. If you know of a nurse who is currently serving on, has interest in, or is being considered for a board or relevant leadership position; if you or a colleague have an interest in and/or expertise with mentorship; or if you would like to join the Coalition Leadership team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . . . because you can’t do it without nurses … and you certainly can’t do it without nurse leaders!
|by New Jersey Action Coalition | April 15, 2014|