The New Jersey Nursing Initiative has appointed Aline M. Holmes, RN, MSN, and Susan W. Salmond, RN, EdD, ANEF, FAAN, as program directors after the recent departure of Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Rn, PhD, PNP-BC, who has served in that position since NJNI’s inception in 2009.
Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, NJNI was launched to address the state’s nurse faculty shortage and help avert the projected shortage of more than 23,000 nurses in New Jersey in less than two decades.
“Aline Holmes and Susan Salmond bring exceptional skills and experience to NJNI,” Susan B. Hassmiller, Rn, PhD, FAAN, RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing, Susan B. Hassmiller, said in a news release. “Their passion for promoting the health and well-being of New Jersey’s citizens is apparent in their work, and that translates beautifully to the mission of NJNI: ensuring that a nurse will be there for you.”
Holmes is the senior vice president for clinical affairs at the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton, as well as the director of the NJHA Institute for Quality & Patient Safety. She also serves as a principal investigator/project director for several patient safety improvement initiatives funded by RWJF and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, and directs NJHA’s efforts under a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract to serve as a Hospital Engagement Network in the Partnership for Patients national initiative.
“As a nurse and as an administrator, I’ve long known the fundamental role that nurses have in providing care and promoting health,” Holmes said in the release. “I’m eager to tackle the challenges in New Jersey that NJNI has focused on so tirelessly for four years.”
Salmond is dean and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing, which will become Rutgers School of Nursing after the integration of the two universities on July 1.
Salmond spearheaded development of New Jersey’s first DNP degree program, which was launched at UMDNJ in 2006. Under her leadership, the nursing school has also established new master’s programs in clinical leadership, advanced community health nursing, advanced emergency nursing, and nursing education.
“NJNI has made remarkable progress in fueling the pipeline of nurse faculty in the state,” Salmond said in the release. “It’s an honor to assume the leadership of NJNI, with Aline Holmes, and build on its success.”
Bakewell-Sachs, who recently served as interim provost of The College of New Jersey, has accepted an appointment as dean of the school of nursing and vice president for nursing affairs at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
Holmes and Salmond will continue in their current roles with NJHA and UMDNJ’s School of Nursing after they begin their NJNI appointments on July 1.