The New Jersey Education Collaborative of four state-funded college and universities was awarded $2.5 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations New Jersey Nursing Initiative Faculty Preparation Program. The goal of the award is to address New Jerseys nursing faculty shortage by preparing qualified nurse faculty.
The RWJF scholars are full-time students in advanced practice programs enrolled in three graduate education courses. Faculty socialization activities, such as student teaching and attendance at state conferences, help meet educational competencies upon graduation.Back row from left, are Caitlin Faupel-Lehrfeld, Mary Rustaino, Andrea Taylor, Hye Jin Gehring and Elizabeth Arnold. Front row from left, are Christine Bray, Tara Parker and Kristine Martinho.
The second cohort of six nurse faculty scholars include Ruta Brazaitis, BSN, William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J.; Laura Zakresky, BSN, Kean University, Union, N.J.; Marlin Gross, BSN, and Stephanie Henson, BSN, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona; and Caitlin Fett, BSN, and Alexander Manning, BSN, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J. The scholars will join the eight selected for the first cohort.
Faculty partners include Kem Louie, RN, PhD, CS, FAAN, director of the graduate program, William Paterson University; Claire Donaghy, RN, PhD, CCRN, APN-C, associate professor of nursing, William Paterson; Minnie Campbell, RN-C, DNSc, nursing chair, Kean University; Leslie Rice, RN, PhD, APN, FNP-BC, coordinator of graduate programs, The College of New Jersey; and Michelle Sabatini, RN, PhD, assistant professor of nursing, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.