Robert Hess, RN, PhD, FAAN, executive vice president for global programming, education at ContinuingEducation.com, will deliver the keynote address during commencement for the graduating Class of 2014 at the Rutgers School of NursingCamden, N.J.
The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on May 22 in the Walter K. Gordon Theater in the Fine Arts Complex on the RutgersCamden campus.
Through ContinuingEducation.com, Gannett Healthcare Group provides educational activities for healthcare professionals across the U.S. and around the world. Hess, a Voorhees, N.J., resident, is responsible for the development of continuing education to nurses and allied health professionals. Under his leadership, ContinuingEducation.com has grown into the largest continuing education provider for RNs.
Hess said he is honored to address RutgersCamdens nursing graduates and recognizes the school as an influential force on nursing education in the South Jersey region and beyond.
Many of us might have been educated across the bridge in Philly, but we live here, and this is where were making a difference, Hess said in a Rutgers news release. The Rutgers School of NursingCamden will be the major player in fueling that difference. I dont see the influence of this school being confined to South Jersey, but eventually reaching across the U.S.
An award-winning author, Hess is a leading researcher on shared governance, a model of nursing practice designed to achieve quality patient care and improve work environments for nurses. He is the creator of the Forum for Shared Governance, a clearinghouse for promoting and disseminating research about shared governance and similar organizational innovations that help empower nurses and other healthcare professionals in their workplaces.
Dr. Hess is a celebrated educator, author and consultant whose contributions to the betterment of the healthcare profession are significant and transformative, Rutgers-Camden Nursing Dean Joanne Robinson said in the release. We are proud that he will address the next generation of nurses.
Hess received his bachelors degree from Temple University, his masters degree in nursing from Seton Hall University and his doctoral degree from the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.