REGION 1 January 2022 NJ Nurse By Meghan Keaveney, BSN, RN, VP of Communication

 In Regional Site 1

The Region 1 Board Members would like to wish everyone a happy New Year. We look forward to find out the wonderful things 2022 has in store for the nursing profession.  Our Region continues to proudly offer and provide assistance to a nursing student by sponsoring the Dr. Foley and Brian Foley scholarship. Please visit the NJSNA IFN website for more information. We continue to offer our Nightingale lamp notecards for purchase (pack of 10 for $20). Please contact President Parker ( if interested in purchasing notecards. This fundraiser assists our region in our philanthropic endeavors.

Region 1 has started to safely attend community service events. Of those events members have attended Out of the Darkness Northwest New Jersey Walk to Fight Suicide. We hope to be able to participate in the Chester Science Fair and Autism Speaks events as we have done in past years. We continue to donate to various food banks in the area.


Thank you to Sheriff Gannon for presenting at our October meeting about Hope One. Hope One is a mobile substance use and mental health disorder outreach that visits local communities in Morris County and surrounding communities to provide substance abuse counseling, resources, Narcan training and Naloxone kits. The website is as follows:

A special thank you for your commitment and service to Region 1 to our “retiring” board members:  Josie Sanchez (Morris County Coordinator), Daria Napierkowski (Sussex County Coordinator), Lauren Krause (VP for Membership) and Dan Misa (Nominations Committee Chair) and Elisa Green (Nominations Committee Member). You have done an outstanding job supporting Region 1.

Business Meetings

We had a wonderful and safe in-person meeting in October at the Knights of Columbus in Hackettstown, Warren County.

Upcoming Meetings:

We look forward to our upcoming meetings. Our first meeting will be on January 22nd. This meeting will be virtual. The topic is Opiate Alternatives used in the field by paramedics presented by St. Joseph’s Mobile ICU. [Note: Due to the current COVID-19 surge, the topic for this meeting has been changed to a meet and greet with the new Region 1 BOD.]

Then we meet March 19th in a Morris County Location. The presentation will be Verbal Abuse in the Outpatient Setting and Maintaining a Safe Work Environment for Nurses presented by Wendy Pritchett MSN, RN, OCN, and Karen Kinsley, BSN RN OCN.  More information to follow.

NJSNA Election 2022

We were excited to retain valuable members of our Board of Directors with the installment of our new members. We look forward to another term with the returning and new members.

Social Media Presence

Follow our social media pages for the most up-to-date for our events and news postings. Twitter and Instagram handles are @NJSNARegion1. Facebook link is as follows:

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