Carol Patterson, RN, MSN, CNE

Dear Colleagues,

The work done by my esteemed colleagues on the NJLN Board of Directors and our Executive Director, and all the dedicated committee members have made this a banner year for NJLN. There has been an increasing expansion of our collegial relationships with a wide variety of organizations throughout New Jersey and we recognize the value of unified voices that together make us stronger.


This past summer at the NJLN Board Retreat, we developed our strategies for the upcoming year and have moved forward to lend our support to the initiatives of our colleagues of the NJ Leadership Council and activated an ad hoc committee, "Legislative Watch" which is chaired by Kathleen Gialanella. The Board voted to contact the New Jersey Assembly and Senate members to lend our support to passage of the "Consumer Access to Health Care Act," A-3512, sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and S-2354, sponsored by Senator Joseph Vitale. Letters were drafted and sent to the members of the New Jersey Assembly and the New Jersey Senate in October urging their support of this legislation which will eliminate unnecessary restrictions on APNs’ prescriptive practice and enable them to function to the full scope of their practice thereby greatly improving patient access to high quality primary care.

Also this summer, the Convention Committee, under the leadership of Karen Abbruzzese and Justine DiRienzo, was hard at work putting together the programming for the NJLN Annual Convention for March 27-28, 2014 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort. The convention theme is: "Leadership In A New Era: Engaging, Empowering, Evolving." Watch for the exciting announcements and registration coming your way in January! The Program Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Mary Rose Smochek and Dr. Pat Castaldi, has finalized the Pre-Convention Program for nurse educators for March 26, 2014. We will be having as our guest, Dr. Judith Halstead, past president of the National League for Nursing. Dr. Halstead will be presenting "Transforming Nursing Education Through Evidence-Based Teaching". Watch for program announcements and registration. Be sure to register early for both events!!

This fall, the NJLN’s Nurse Recognition Gala on November 1st was a success, with over 400 guests attending to honor individual and group recipients who demonstrate nursing excellence in New Jersey. This diverse group of recipients represented nurses from acute care, correctional nursing, home care, academia, rehabilitative nursing, a member of the NJ Assembly, nurse entrepreneurs in their own practice and of course our very own, past-president, Eileen Williamson, who received the President’s Award. We also had the pleasure of having $5500 in student scholarships awarded. The Gala continues its tradition of offering nurses and their guests fine food, networking, dancing, and raffle gifts along with the award presentations. Please place next year’s date on your calendar, November 7, 2014. And, it is not too early to start thinking about those nurses who you know who deserve to be celebrated at our next Gala, just contact Gail Hammond for applications!

Our colleagues of PNANJ have been working to raise support for the victims of the typhoon which devastated areas of the Philippines and we at NJLN urge that you join us in your support of their efforts. We wish to thank all of our collegial nursing organizations here in NJ for your invitations to your events and look forward to continuing our efforts, together with you, to forward nursing excellence
in New Jersey! Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!


Carol Patterson

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