New Jersey nurse leaders, family and friends celebrated nursing leadership in the state at the eighth annual Organization of Nurse Executives of New Jersey holiday meeting and awards brunch Dec. 7 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township.
In her welcome address, Linda Geisler, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, FACHE, president of ONENJ and vice president of patient care services at CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold, N.J., recognized the significant statewide and national contributions of the organization’s members.
Engaging the more than 280 attendees with a thought-provoking presentation on “Privileged Interruption: A Call to Caring,” keynote speaker Jeff Doucette, RN, MS, CEN, FACHE, NEA-BC, vice president of patient care services and CNO at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News, Va., emphasized that nurses are in the unique and privileged position to make a difference in people’s lives at their most vulnerable times. He characterized the state of management as “leadershock,” in which leaders are overwhelmed, overloaded and overstressed. He presented ways to break the cycle.
“It is critical to create a work/life balance where you know and nurture who you are, find passionate purpose, pursue that purpose and assess your progress along the way,” he said.
Maria Brennan, RN, MSN, CPHQ, vice president, CNO, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, N.J., presented information on the 2013 ONENJ mentoring education program, planned for Feb. 13 for new mentees, new mentors, university deans, CNOs, nurse managers and staff nurses.
The daylong program will include presentations on leadership skill development, critical conversation artistry, problem-solving, decision-making and action planning. A dinner program Feb. 12 will cover the role of mentoring in advancing nurse leadership roles for previous ONENJ mentors, ONENJ board members and ONENJ’s mentoring committee.
The 2012 ONENJ nursing leadership award winners included Brennan (distinguished service award); Lucille Joel, RN, APN, EdD, FAAN, professor, Rutgers University College of Nursing, Newark (lifetime achievement award); Edna Cadmus, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, clinical professor, director, DNP program-leadership track, Rutgers University College of Nursing, Newark (impact award); Judith Caruso, RN, DNP, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, associate dean of administration and business affairs, Seton Hall University, College of Nursing, South Orange (professional recognition award); Gina Petrone Mumolie, RN, MSN, MBA, senior vice president and CNE, Underwood-Memorial Hospital, Woodbury (nurse executive award); Cathleen Janzekovich, RN-BC, MA, NEA-BC, assistant vice president of nursing, CentraState Medical Center, Freehold (divisional leadership award); Avril Keldo, RN-BC, MSN, APN-C, OCN, nurse manager, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick (nurse leader award); Kristin Ospina, RN, MSN, CCRN, PCCN, clinical coordinator, adult medical and surgical/trauma/neuro ICUs, Morristown (N.J.) Memorial Hospital (aspiring nurse leader award); Jennifer Amend, RN,C, BSN, director, patient care services NICU, and interim director, patient care services, pediatric critical care center, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (leadership in technology award); and Rosanne DeFrancisco, RN, MSN, clinical outcomes manager, South Jersey Healthcare-Elmer Hospital (leadership in mentoring award).
“Your professional power is awesome, and I have every confidence that you will deal with the changes that are to come in our healthcare system,” Joel said. “Advocacy and delegation will be central components to our care, and it is up to us to leave this world a better place than we found it.”