More than 100 staff nurses from The Valley Hospital, Chilton Memorial Hospital, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Holy Name Hospital, Hunterdon Medical Center, and Christian Health Care Center attended the Leadership Symposium for Staff Nurses, organized by the Bergen Passaic Nurse Educators Group at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, N.J.
Participants listened to area nurse leaders share their knowledge about leadership potential, leadership roles, budgeting, team building, emotional intelligence, and advocacy.Terry Adelgais, RN, left, charter member and past president of Bergen Passaic Nurse Educators Group, presents Janet Lee, RN, with the Edwina Radar Scholarship.
Jo-Ann Robinson, RN, DNP, APRN, president-elect of BPNE and director of nursing education at Bergen Regional Medical Center, welcomed the group and presented strategies to building a great team. Speak up when dealing with conflict. Focus on issues, not personalities. We all want positive outcomes, Robinson said. She described Five Dysfunctions of a Team and offered practical solutions. Avoidance of accountability is one of the top reasons for group dysfunction, and Robinson challenged the group to draw attention to peoples bad behaviors and actions.
Deborah Zayas, RN, MPA, NE, assistant vice president of nursing at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, N.J., discussed budgeting and staffing. She offered practical suggestions when calculating full-time equivalents in an organization, when considering sick, vacation, holiday, and personal time, and then outlined the staffing process at Holy Name.
To help participants understand the nurse role of change agent, Belle Villafuerte, RN, MSN, vice president of acute nursing at Bergen Regional Medical Center, applied the theory of change to the realities of everyday practice. Leaders must focus on identifying old habits and learning new ways to adapt to the chaos of workplace change, she said. To effect change, nurses must get involved in furthering their education, becoming involved in committees, joining professional organizations, and becoming involved on lobby groups.Dana Reed, RN, left, clinical educator at The Valley Hospital, and Jo-Ann Robinson, RN, DNP, presenter and director of education at Bergen Regional Medical Center, are members of the symposium planning committee.
Other speakers included Jane ORourke, RN, DNP, consultant and former chief nurse executive at Bergen Regional Medical Center; Mary Rich, RN former CNO at Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains, N.J.; and Linda Parry Carney, RN, MSN, former New Jersey State Nurses Association president.
Terry Adelgais, RN, charter member and longest running past president of Barnert Hospital, Paterson, N.J., presented the Edwina Radar Scholarship to Janet Lee, RN, of Holy Name Hospital. At age 45, Lee graduated from the LPN School at Bergen Regional Medical Center. She went on to earn her RN diploma and now, at age 64, she received her BSN degree. Because of her own experiences, Lee hopes to encourage adult students to join the nursing profession. The scholarship was presented in memory of a BPNE charter member who died last year.
BPNE is a professional organization affiliated with the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. It is a forum of Bergen-Passaic county hospitals, long-term care facilities, and college-based nursing educators who explore common concerns related to educational activities for healthcare providers and collaborate in the development, standardization, and implementation of educational opportunities for the membership and staff of member hospitals.