Professional Summit 2019


“The Future of the Nurses Role in the Health Care System and Health Care Disparities”

October 11, 2018 – Professional Summit
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

October 12, 2018 – NJSNA Approver Unit Education Day
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Separate Registration Required)

APA Woodbridge, Iselin, New Jersey


  • Discuss current opportunities for Nursing Leadership in the evolving health care system.
  • Describe current major health care disparities
  • Discuss the role of the professional nurse in improving health equity and patient outcomes.

4:00 pm – 8:00 p.m: Exhibit Registration and Set-Up (Ballroom Foyer)


7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.:Exhibit Registration and Set-Up (Ballroom Foyer)

7:30 a.m.— 9:00 a.m.:Professional Summit Registration Open (Ballroom Foyer)

7:30 a.m.— 9:00 a.m.:EXHIBITS OPEN

Coffee and Visit Exhibitors (Ballroom Foyer)

9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.: Welcome and Overview (Metropolitan Ballroom)

Benjamin M. Evans, DD, DNP, APN, President, NJSNA
Judith Schmidt, MSN, DHA (c), CCRN

9:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m.: Board of Nursing Update (Metropolitan Ballroom)

Speaker: Barbara B. Blozen, EdD, MA, RN, President, New Jersey State Board of Nursing, Associate Professor, New Jersey City University

9:45 a.m.—11:00 a.m.: Nursing Leadership in the State of New Jersey Panel (Metropolitan Ballroom)

Mary Ann Christopher, VP, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Invited)

Mary Ellen Clyne, President/CEO, Clara Maass-RWJBH (Invited)

Linda Schwimmer, JD, President & Chief Operating Officer,  NJ Healthcare Quality Institute

Kathleen McDevitt – Director of Palliative Care Bayada at Inspira, Woodbury

11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.: Visit Exhibits (Coffee Break)

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: NJSNA Opening Business Meeting (Metropolitan Ballroom)

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m.: Professional Summit Luncheon (Contact Hours) (Room 203)

Topic: Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation
Speaker: TBD

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m: EXHIBITS CLOSED (Ballroom Foyer)

1:45 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: EXHIBITS OPEN (Ballroom Foyer)

1:45 p.m.—4:45 p.m.: CONTINUING EDUCATION SESSIONS (Contact
Hours) (Metropolitan Ballroom)

Topic: Reproductive Healthcare Disparities and What Nurses Can Do to Improve Health Equity and Outcomes

Speakers: Moderator: Elizabeth Talmont, APN-BC, VP Research Development, Planned Parenthood Of Northern, Central and Southern NJ

Charles Senteio, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information (Invited)

Robyn D’Oria, MA, RNC, APN, Chief Executive Officer, Central Jersey Family Health Consortium

Debbie Polacek, RN, Director of Program Service, New Jersey Family Planning League

5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.: NJSNA President’s Champagne Reception (Bacalls Room)


9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m: Annual CE Update (Metropolitan Ballroom)

(Separate Registration Required)

Hosted by: Institute for Nursing Provider Unit and NJSNA Committee on Continuing Education

The Institute for Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. P#100-7/20-22

Planners, content experts and speakers have declared no conflict of interest. To successfully earn a contact hour certificate, participants must stay for the entire program. Evaluations must be completed on-line at Certificates will be disbursed electronically. Speakers and educational programs

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor?

Click here to download our sponsorship form.

Click here to download our exhibitor letter.

Questions? Contact Debra Harwell at 609-883-5335 ext. 119 or by email.

2018 Professional Summit Hotel Information

120 Wood Avenue South
Iselin, New Jersey 08830


Registration Cut-Off Date:  September 10, 2018

Guest Room Rate (Single-Quad Occupancy) – $137.00

APA Hotel Woodbridge does not guarantee any particular rooms nor does it guarantee that rooms will be in proximity of each other. Credit card will be needed to “hold” the reservation. Guest can switch out form of payment upon check-in or before check out. Credit card for individual reservations are not charged until check-out.

Suggestion: Do not use debit cards upon check-in as Hotel takes an additional authorization on the credit card to cover incidentals/damages during the guest stay. The Hotel releases these funds upon check out but it is up to guests banking institute as to when the funds become available again usually 7-10 days. Use a credit card at check-in and then pay for the room at check-out.

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