LONG BRANCH, N.J. — In the opening remarks at the 2013 Organization of Nurse Executives New Jerseys annual meeting and conference, President Linda Geisler, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FACHE — who also serves as vice president, patient services, CentraState Healthcare System — recognized the states nurse leaders as the “movers and shakers with moments of greatness big and small, in places as diverse as board rooms at budget time to devastated beaches during Superstorm Sandy.”
With the theme “Leadership Mandate: Inspiration, Preparation and Motivation,” the conference took place April 11-12 at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa. In a dramatic presentation, national speaker and writer Rich Bluni, RN, LHRM, Studor Group coach, engaged more than 190 nurse attendees with examples of career moments that can provide the inspiration crucial to effective leadership. Bluni is the author of the book, “Inspired Nurse.”
The states action coalition co-leader, Edna Cadmus, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, clinical professor and specialty director, nursing leadership program, Rutgers University College of Nursing, discussed the groups work and its five pillars. She talked about the need for a sustainable infrastructure, differentiating between the states short-term and long-term goals, and building on successes, such as the work with academic progression and APN role expansion.
“New Jersey is seen as a pioneer and leader in the nation, and we appreciate the engagement and leadership in our state,” Cadmus said. “The action coalition most recently received funding for academic progression through the 20-state implementation program grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”
A two-day retreat took place with the coalition co-chairpersons and key stakeholders from healthcare, philanthropy, government and legislation on April 22-23.
Kathe M. Conlon, RN, BSN, CEM, MSHS, burn emergency coordinator, Barnabas Health, provided an in-depth presentation on disaster preparedness and its implications for nurse leaders.
During the two-day conference, the co-chairpersons of the seven ONENJ committees — advocacy, education, finance, marketing/public relations, membership, mentorship and research — updated attendees and met in groups with members and attendees to discuss upcoming activities and programs.
A presentation on accountable care organizations and the impact on the states healthcare system was given by Trish OKeefe, RN, MSN, NE-BC, CNO at Morristown Medical Center, and Poonam Alaigh, MD, MS, FACP, former commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services of N.J. A statewide legislative update was presented by Chrissy Buteas, vice president, Capital Impact Group, who represents the organization in Trenton. J. Bryan Sexton, PhD, associate professor, director of patient safety research and training, Duke University Health System, discussed caregiver resilience.
Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, is a regional nurse executive.