Patricia Castaldi, DNP, RN, ANEF

This has been an extraordinary year for the New Jersey League for Nursing! We celebrated our 100th Anniversary, which is a tremendous milestone and evidence of our ongoing commitment to nurses in the state of New Jersey. On November 6th, we celebrated an extra special Nurse Recognition Gala where our nursing colleagues were recognized for their extraordinary leadership, instruction and practice in the profession. It was a grand night for sharing stories, celebrating achievements, and enjoying holiday spirit.

The NJLN continues to provide quality educational offerings through the preconvention education day event, annual convention, and LPN student day in the spring. Feedback from these events is positive and provides us with ideas for future offerings to meet the needs of nurses in education and practice. Along with educational programs, the NJLN provides thousands of dollars each year in scholarships for nurses who wish to enroll in school and add to their knowledge. A new scholarship was formed this year in memory of George Hebert, the Executive Director of the Board of Nursing, who was a great advocate for nursing and touched many of our lives in such a positive way.

We look forward to the opportunities and challenges that we will face in 2016. It is my hope that more of my colleagues will join us and invest their expertise and energy into our organization. We welcome all nurses and community members who seek to promote nursing education and the health of the population of New Jersey.

It is an honor and privilege to be the President of an organization that serves to support nurses and nursing education. For the holidays, it is my personal wish that everyone in the world can have peace, happiness and good health!

Pat Castaldi


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