Dean Holzemer

The Dean’s Desk | Thoughts from Rutgers Nursing Leadership

Busy Autumn on Many Fronts for Rutgers School of Nursing

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

William L. Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN
Rutgers University School of Nursing

The final months of 2017 were eventful for the School of Nursing and its faculty, staff, alumni, and student body – filled with news-making initiatives and even a facilities expansion that solidifies our commitment to nurse education across the state of New Jersey. Looking ahead, 2018 promises to be a year of similar opportunities to further establish our leadership role in numerous areas.

Among our most important events coming up is a March 7-8 educational conference on end-of-life care that we are co-hosting with  Barnabas Health Hospice/VNA of Central Jersey Hospice. "Hope and Resilience at the End of Life," will feature nationally known experts, including keynote speakers BJ Miller, MD, a hospice and palliative care specialist who treats patients with terminal or life-altering illness at UCSF Medical Center, and Jessica Zitter, MD, author of Extreme Measures, a book that charts her two-decade journey through intensive care units across the country. Both will address the conference theme of instilling hope for terminally-ill patients to have a positive life experience until the very end.

Our goal is to further integrate the academic strength of Rutgers and the clinical strength and expertise of RWJBarnabas Health and VNA’s Hospice in creating a united front in New Jersey for delivering high-quality, home-based health care and advanced care services.

Health care professionals and students, religious leaders, volunteers, and community members are invited to attend.  Approximately 14 continuing education contact hours will be offered. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency, 2 Albany Street in New Brunswick, NJ. For more information and online registration, click here.

Reflecting on this past year, a salute is due to three of our nursing doctoral students, who were among first-responders who traveled to Texas in October to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey. Sol Angelica Muniz and Jessica Badillo, both trauma nurses, as well as Damaris Grossman, a U.S. Navy veteran, joined several dozen New Jersey nurses who donated their time to provide critical relief for the overworked medical professionals at Bay Area Regional Medical Center in Webster, TX. They reported conditions reminiscent of what our own state faced a few years ago with Superstorm Sandy

A few weeks earlier, researchers from Rutgers School of Nursing and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research announced findings from their study examining factors influencing the likelihood of missed nursing care in the home care setting. The research team – led, among others, by Olga F. Jarrín, PhD, RN, who is an assistant professor here at Rutgers and also a senior fellow at CHOPR – found that home care nurses with poor work environments are more likely to miss required care.  Dr. Jarrin noted that the study, "provides the best evidence to date that better home care agency work environments and patient care can be expected from home care agencies that achieve Pathway to Excellence designation."  More information is available here on our website.


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