The Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association announced the appointment of Robert G. Hess, Jr., PhD, RN, FAAN, to serve as trustee on the FNSNA Board of Trustees, according to an NSNA news release. Hess is executive vice president, education content and credentialing for Gannett Healthcare Groups ContinuingEducation.com. He leads the worlds largest full-service CE providerships for nurses and dietitians, which provided three million contact hours to nurses last year, as well as providerships for physicians, pharmacists, and 14 other healthcare professions.
Participating in the foundation is a natural continuance of my long history with NSNA, Hess said. Ive interacted with its leadership for more than 20 years, particularly with Diane Mancino, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, NSNAs executive director, with whom Ive enjoyed a long relationship through our national advisory board.
Hess has received many honors and recognitions, including the New Jersey Governors Merit Award for Excellence as Nurse Educator of the Year, Seton Hall Universitys (South Orange, N.J.) Many Are One Alumni Service Award and SHUs College of Nursing Hall of Honor. He is an author of more than 100 published works on various topics including empowerment.
Over the years, Hess has presented at the NSNA Annual Convention on topics related to career development and, in recent years, has served as sponsor representative for the annual NSNA Essay Contest. Ive spoken more than a dozen times about the nursing job market and how to get a job for the sharpest nursing students in the nation at the NSNAs National Convention, he said. Last year I had more than 1,500 students at my sessions. I always end up with new Facebook friends and students whom I coach and whose careers I track after the convention is over.
Hess also is the founder of the Forum for Shared Governance, a clearinghouse for promoting and disseminating research about shared governance and other organizational innovations that empower nurses and other healthcare professionals in their workplaces, and creator of its website, www.SharedGovernance.org. In November 2008, Hess was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing for his work in shared governance.
I have participated in numerous boards over the span of my career, but theres not one that has sparked my enthusiasm as much as the FNSNA, Hess said. I am absolutely delighted to participate.
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