POSTPONED: The Power of Data to Build a Healthier Nation

Due to concerns around COVID-19, the conference has been postponed.


Please join us in 2021, when The Power of Data to Build a Healthier Nation will convene nursing leaders from across the U.S. to share their expertise on a range of topics. We will discuss the impact of COVID-19, the nursing workforce, how data can improve healthcare, the future of nursing, and more.

We are excited to announce an in-person conference is rescheduled for June 9-11, 2021 at the same location, Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District.  More information will be available in the coming months.

In the meantime, the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers and National Nurse-Led Care Consortium will host a Virtual conference in 2020. We hope that you will join us, more information to follow.

All paid registrations have been or are in the process of being reimbursed. If you have not received confirmation of a reimbursement by April 15th please reach out. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Hayden Karlheim at .

Executive Order to Remove Barriers to Practice

Excerpted from Press Release at Insider NJ

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Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Remove Barriers to Health Care Professionals Joining New Jersey’s COVID-19 Response and Provide Protections for Front Line Health Care Responders

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 112, authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to temporarily reactivate the licenses of recently retired health care professionals and grant temporary licenses to doctors licensed in foreign countries. The executive order also temporarily permits certain health care professionals to perform acts outside of their ordinary scope of practice and grants broad civil immunity to health care professionals and facilities providing services in support of New Jersey’s COVID-19 response efforts who are acting in good faith.

NJCCN GAINS Grant Recipient


The New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing (NJCCN) located at the Rutgers School of Nursing is pleased to be the recipient of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) Growing Apprenticeship in Non-Traditional Sectors (GAINS) Grant. The implementation of new nurse residencies was recommended by the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) 2011 report, The Future of Nursing, Leading Change Advancing Health. Through the GAINS Grant, NJCCN will receive $500,000 to support 15 of 19 hospitals implementing the Vizient/AACN acute care nurse residency program over the next year. Transition into practice programs are key to recruitment and retention of new nurse graduates as they launch their careers.

Dr. Edna Cadmus, Executive Director of NJCCN and Clinical Professor at Rutgers School of Nursing said, “This grant will allow us to standardize an approach for nurse residency programs in New Jersey, partnering with NJDOL, the Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program, and acute care hospitals across New Jersey.” Academic and practice partnerships are needed in an evolving healthcare environment.

At NJCCN, we are excited about this opportunity to support transition to practice across New Jersey.

Contact us for more information:
Edna Cadmus, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Executive Director, NJCCN
(973) 353-1428

Victoria Field
Senior Department Administrator, NJCCN
(973) 353-1614

NJCCN was established by state legislation (P.L.2002, c.116) on December 12, 2002. As per this legislation, NJCCN is housed at Rutgers University, School of Nursing, Newark Campus, and is guided by a 17-member board representing NJ nursing and healthcare stakeholders. NJCCN’s Board and staff work on behalf of nurses to provide evidence-based recommendations regarding the nursing workforce and its impact on patient care.

Call for Abstracts

2020 National Forum for State Nursing Workforce Centers and

National Nurse-Led Care Consortium Annual Conference

“The Power of Data to Build a Healthier Nation”

 June 10-12, 2020

Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, Philadelphia, PA


The 2020 National Forum for State Nursing Workforce Centers and National Nurse-Led Care Consortium Annual Conference will bring together leaders from nursing, healthcare and workforce research to build a healthier nation by utilizing the power of data.

The call for abstracts is now open for this conference. Abstracts may be submitted for ignite, panel, podium and/or poster sessions. See the attached application for complete details. The deadline to submit applications is November 11, 2019. Session content should align with one or more of the following conference objectives.

Upon completion of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Investigate current use of data to support integration of population health in practice and academia
  • Understand how data drives new care delivery models and improvements in healthcare
  • Examine how data can inform the development of healthcare policy
  • Assess healthcare workforce and investigate strategies to support inclusivity and resiliency in capacity building
  • Understand and address the impact of the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 report

Contact the National Forum for State Nursing Workforce Centers at (517) 318-6331 or with any questions.

Addressing the Healthcare Professional Shortage

NJBiz published “Addressing the Healthcare Professional Shortage” by Lisa Goulian Twiste, contributing writer on August 9, 2019. The article highlights NJCCN’s efforts to create a state-wide nurse residency model to increase new nurse retention. See the excerpt below and read the full article at

The New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing (NJCCN) is in the process of developing a statewide nurse residency program based on the national model, Vizient, with a projected 2020 rollout. The goal is to increase retention by providing graduates with the support they need to transition to a hospital-based career. And as the number of RNs finding jobs in hospitals (54%) continues to decline because of the aging population, the university’s out-of-hospital nurse residency program – part of a $4.7-million grant through 2022 – helps transition graduates to ambulatory care centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home care.

NJCCN is dedicated to solving New Jersey’s nursing workforce challenges. The Vizient Acute Care Nurse Residency model is one of many endeavors to improve access to quality healthcare for New Jersey residents.