NJSNA Welcomes New President-Elect

 In Nurses Weekly

The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) welcomed President-Elect Sandra L. Foley during a recent swearing in ceremony.

Nursing educator Foley, elected to the position of president-elect, will become president of the statewide nurses’ association in 2023. In the meantime, she will also serve as chair of the Board of Trustees for the association’s foundation, the Institute for Nursing, which funds innovative programs, including scholarships and a research grant, to advance the practice of nursing.

“As we move forward amid this pandemic, Sandy will play an integral role in advancing health care in New Jersey,” said Mary Ellen Levine, DNP, MSN, RN, CHPN, president of NJSNA. “She will be involved in supporting the association’s primary focus of promoting continued COVID-19 testing and education, as well as vaccine education. From a legislative perspective, we will leverage her leadership in the continued pursuit for ‘Nurse’ title protection bill, as well as full practice authority to ensure seamless access to much needed health care now and in the future for New Jerseyans. Such legislation is imperative for public safety.”

Dr. Foley is an undergraduate/graduate nursing educator who has earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from William Paterson University. Dr. Foley earned both a Master of Nursing in Science with a concentration in nursing education and Bachelor of Nursing in Science degree at the College of St. Elizabeth. She had previously earned an associate Degree in Nursing from Monroe Community College. She recently accepted a full-time position in the Nursing Department at William Paterson University bringing 33 years of specialized experience in the acute clinical care hospital emergency department.

Dr. Foley is also serving as the NJSNA Region 1 immediate-past president, where she instituted the region’s first education scholarship, the region’s first Research Day and held many educational events. Under her leadership, the Florence Nightingale notecard was designed with the sale of the cards, continuing almost two years later, in support of the region’s philanthropy. Proceeds support NJSNA Region 1 education and scholarship opportunities.

In recent years, Dr. Foley has made several presentations to the medical community, including one of her professional interests, laughter yoga. Her DNP final project was titled, “The Effect of Laughter Yoga and Reducing the Stress of Emergency Department Nurses, a Mixed Method Study.” She is a certified laughter yoga instructor and is passionate about its effects on reducing stress and importance in overall health.

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