PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Patricia Castaldi, DNP, RN, ANEF

It is an honor and a privilege to be President of an organization whose primary mission is to support nursing and nursing education, and to provide quality programs to meet the need of nurses, both statewide and regionally. The NJLN is a an active constituent league of the National League for Nursing, and we are proud to have provided thousands of dollars in scholarship support to students at all levels of education, from Practical Nursing to MSN.

 

I will proudly represent our membership at meetings and events, where I can share information and promote nursing in the community. At the national level, I will continue to serve on NLN committees for public policy, LPN/LVN education and development of the new accreditation body.

Throughout my tenure, I will encourage my colleagues to become members in the organization and participate in committee work for program development, convention planning, and legislative issues. Our team of committed Board members and committee volunteers will continue to investigate the priority educational needs of nurses in and around New Jersey and determine the best methods for program delivery.

A specific professional goal is to have nurses come together as one voice to promote the health of the residents of New Jersey through collaboration. If we move forward for that purpose, then nursing can have a major influence on funding and regulation.

There are challenges that lie ahead for us. As a voluntary non-profit organization, we face financial concerns that may direct us to offer programming in an innovative way. We will have to explore different strategies for acquiring support from vendors, agencies and other organizations. These challenges also open up avenues of opportunity for us to be more agile in addressing the needs of our constituents.

I hope that you were able to enjoy our preconvention program Transforming Nursing Education through Evidence-Based Teaching, presented by renowned educator and speaker, Dr. Judith Halstead. If you joined us in Atlantic City for the convention, as almost 800 participants did, then you took advantage of quality programming related to our theme of Leadership in a New Era: Engaging, Empowering, Evolving. This tremendous event would not have been possible without the hard work of our Board of Directors and the members of the Program and Convention committees. And we are already looking forward to next year’s convention!

As we reach our 100th anniversary in 2015, it is my firm belief that the NJLN will continue to be the primary organization in New Jersey for nursing education. I invite my colleagues to become a part of this amazing celebration as an active member and contributor to our events.

Please feel free to contact me to talk about what the NJLN is all about!



 
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