In July 2013, the members of these teams along with the Master Steering Committee members met at the New Jersey Hospital Association for a two-day retreat to share their work. A national consultant and expert on competency based models, Dr.Maureen Sroczynski was engaged to help review the work, educate new teams, and prepare them for the next steps. Two of the teams presented findings from their gap analysis that involved reviewing nursing curriculum and asking practice partners what was relevant to practice in their settings. The two teams completing the gap analysis include academic and practice programs located in the central part of the state.
The members of (Team A) included faculty from The College of New Jersey, St. Francis School of Nursing and Allied Health and their practices partners from Capital Health, Hunterdon Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson at Hamilton, and Hunterdon Homecare.
The members of the second team (Team B) who also presented gap analysis included faculty from Rutgers University and Brookdale Community College as well as practice partners from St. Peter's University Hospital, Visiting Nurse Association and McCarrick Care Center.
Additional achievements at the retreat included bringing together new teams to perform the gap analysis and transform nursing curriculum. Academic and practice partners representing the southern part of NJ were also present and included nurse leaders and faculty from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Atlantic Cape Community College, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing, Thomas Edison State College and Camden County Community College as well as practice members from Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center, Lourdes Health System and LIFE at Lourdes. Interest in participation of this project continues to grow and Maria Torchia LoGrippo, the Project Director for the pilot, is eager to welcome all members that wish to engage in transforming nursing education to meet the challenges of a changing health care environment and a diverse workforce. Maria Torchia Lo Grippo stated: “The retreat definitely emphasized the advantages of bringing together nursing faculty and nurse leaders in practice who seek to work together to improve nursing education”. Edna Cadmus, co-lead for the NJAC, Susan Salmond, and Deanna Sperling co-chairs for Pillar 2 along with the Master Steering Committee members were astounded at how far the teams had come and the collaboration and trust that has been established since this work began. Edna Cadmus “identified that everyone participating on the teams willingly shares their experiences and the ‘ah ha’ moments they have had over the course of this journey.” Based on this work, other teams are forming and the NJAC will continue to provide technical support to all teams and are ready to serve NJ.
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