ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. At the 2014 New Jersey League for Nursing convention, keynote speaker Phyllis Quinlan, RN-BC, PhD, author and speaker, MFW Consultants to Professionals, shared ideas about sustaining joy in nursing practice.
Speaker Kathleen Gialanella, RN, JD, offered advice on the legal aspects of social media in education and practice at the annual event, which took place March 27-28 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort.
Approximately 800 nurses from education and service and nursing students networked, connected with exhibitors and poster presenters and attended continuing education sessions. The sessions covered clinical, academic, student and professional issues. Among the topics were the power of forgiveness, music intervention in the periop setting, probiotics, organ and tissue donation, international service learning and engagement.
More than 20 nurses from clinical and educational settings participated in the poster presentation sessions, hailing from facilities such as East Orange (N.J.) General Hospital; Middlesex County College, Edison, N.J.; Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center; Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, N.J.; Rutgers University Correctional HealthCare, New Brunswick, N.J.; Rutgers University School of Nursing, Newark, N.J.; Brookdale Community College, Middletown, N.J.; Newark (N.J.) Beth Israel Medical Center; and County College of Morris, Randolph, N.J.
NJLN President Carol Patterson, RN, MSN, CNE, associate professor, health science education, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, N.J., passed the gavel to incoming President Pat Castaldi, RN, DNP, director, practical nursing, Union County College, Cranford, N.J. NJLN board members praised Pattersons dedication to the organization.
Cheryl Dellasega, RN, PhD, CRNP, professor of humanities, college of medicine, and professor of womens studies, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa., discussed nursing and relational aggression, while Saundra Austin-Benn, RN, MSN, APN, private practitioner, presented on PTSD in civilians.
Transforming Nursing Education Through Evidence-based Teaching, was the focus of the professional education day offered to NJLN members March 26, with speaker Judith Halstead, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAAN, immediate past president, National League for Nursing.
Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, is nurse editor/nurse executive.