Welcome to Region 1

Atlantic 6 Bergen 2 Burlington 5 Camden 5 CapeMay 6 Cumberland 5 Essex 3 Gloucester 5 Hudson 2 Hunterdon 4 Bucks County, PA 4 Mercer 4 Middlesex 4 Monmouth 6 Morris 1 Ocean 6 Passaic 1 Salem 5 Somerset 4 Sussex 1 Union 3 Warren 1

A wonderful time was had by all at the annual Don and Diva Gala. Congratulations to all the extraordinary nurses! Region 1 is very proud of you.

Welcome to our Region 1 webpage. Region 1 is a very active group of professional nurses. We enjoy supporting continuing education endeavors and encouraging student involvement. Throughout the year, we participate in various volunteer opportunities within our 4 counties (Morris, Sussex, Warren, and Passaic). Visit our event calendar frequently for upcoming opportunities to give back to our community. Our meetings are held in each county on a rotating basis. I speak on behalf of our Board of Directors when I voice that we welcome your attendance at any of our meetings.

To share a little about myself….. I have been a health care provider for over 25 years and began my career in the emergency department and transitioned to a position in the pharmaceutical industry as a Medical Information Consultant.
More recently I have held positions as an Adult Nurse practitioner and a Forensic Nurse Examiner.
I enjoy being active in many professional organizations including the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College Health Association, New Jersey College Health Association, was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau-the International Honor Society for Nurses and was a former board member of the Mid-Atlantic College Health Association. I am passionate about health and wellness and approach clinical care holistically for each patient. I enjoy working collaboratively with patients to help them identify and meet their goals. When not working, I enjoy traveling, hiking, being outdoors and spending time with my family and dog.
I look forward to meeting you at at our next Region 1 meeting.

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VP of Communication April 2022

As we welcome the warmer weather into our area, we are also pleased to welcome new board members to Region 1. The start of 2022 seemed to be challenging to the profession of nursing but as a whole profession we had and always will conquer...[...]

March 19th Region 1 Board Meeting

  Wendy Pritchett MSN, RN, OCN, and Karen Kinsley, BSN RN OCN (Region 1 President-elect) led an excellent discussion on Verbal Abuse in the Outpatient Setting and Maintaining a Safe Work Environment for Nurses at our board meeting. Karen Kinsley is President-elect of Region 1....[...]

Calling All Parade Marchers!

Please join Region 1 as we walk in the Hackettstown St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 13th. We will meet on Valentine Street (between Monroe and Jefferson). Arrive no later than 2:15pm. And of course, wear green! Please RSVP by 3/12/22 to Lauren Krause...[...]

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Region 1 nurses march in the Hackettstown St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, March 13th.  Under the leadership of Lauren Krause, Warren County Coordinator, NJSNA Region 1 participated in the parade. It was so much fun, despite the frigid temps.  Special thanks to Peggy and Rich Daingerfield, Daria Napierkowski and sweet pup Rusty, and Linda Katstra from Warren County School Nurses Association for braving the bitter cold (26 degrees, windchill 19) and snow flurries this afternoon.

And it was wonderful marching again after 2 years cancellation during covid.


Region 1 celebrated our nursing excellence at the Institute for Nursing C.A.R.E.S. Awards Gala held on April 8th, 2021.  Five nurses (Sandra Foley, Cristen Mackwell, Elisa Green, Moira Kendra and Kem Louie) from Region 1 were nominated by their peers and colleagues.  Elisa Green won the Clinical Practice award.  Kem Louie won the Education Award while Sandy Foley received second honorable mention for Education.  It was a great night for our Region. Congratulations to all who were nominated; you represent the best of Region 1.

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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: NJSNA REGION 1 FACEBOOK PAGE

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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. NJSNA Region1 Scholarship Information

Board of Directors

Tara Parker, President

Karen Kinsley, President elect

Patricia Baxter, Past President
Deborah Foster, Secretary
Jodi Rotter, Treasurer
Meghan Keaveney, VP for Communications
Michele Lawson, VP for Education
MaryAnne Marra, VP for Fundraising
Alaina Scala-Brew, VP for Membership
Kathleen Vnenchak, VP to the Congress on Policy

County Coordinators
Francesca Nordin, Morris County
Tanya Anevski, Passaic County
Daria Napierkowski, Sussex County
Lauren Krause, Warren County
Rachel Koshy, Interested Nurses Political Action Committee
Nominations Committee Chair, Buffy Reilly

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