Judith E. Schmidt, MSN, RN, ONC, CCRN, has been appointed CEO of the New Jersey State Nurses Association, according to an announcement issued by the NJSNA. Schmidt is the immediate past president of NJSNA, and has been serving as the interim CEO since December 2014.
“As the new CEO of NJSNA, I am looking forward to bringing the organization to the next level,” Schmidt said in a news release. “Through collaboration and cooperation with the many health care and nursing organizations, I believe NJSNA will see continued growth in membership and increased recognition as the voice for the profession of nursing in New Jersey.”
A long time NJSNA member, Schmidt is the nurse educator for the night shift staff at Community Medical Center in Toms River, N.J. She has been elected to many leadership positions, including American Nurses Association delegate, NJSNA vice president and NJSNA Region 6 president. As a NJSNA past president, she served as chairwoman of the association’s foundation, the Institute for Nursing. In addition, Schmidt is a member of the Philippine Nurses Association and National League for Nursing.
“Judith is a dedicated nursing leader committed to NJSNA who has served as an exemplary role model,” Norma L Rodgers, BSN, RN, CCR, president of NJSNA and its nonprofit foundation, Institute for Nursing. said in the release. “She has exhibited leadership under pressure in a constantly changing professional association environment. She handles challenges with grace, patience and a level head. I look forward to working with her as CEO to sustain and grow NJSNA.”
NJSNA represents the interests of 125,000 registered nurses and advanced practice nurses as an advocate for the nursing profession in New Jersey, according to the release. Institute for Nursing helps nurses further their careers by providing continuing education, scholarships and research grants in addition to invaluable networking opportunities.
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