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Letter from the President

Welcome to the NJSNA Region 4 Microsite!! The Region 4 Board and Members were very involved in the development of this site as another way to share with you all the great ways Region 4 nurses are making a difference.

 

Every month we hold either a Board Meeting or an Educational Program and would be thrilled if you would join us for both. The meetings are held Virtually on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm.

 

The Region 4 Board really enjoys when Members join the meeting as your insight into current issues effecting nurses, support needed, programing ideas, and educational topics are extremely valued. The Educational Programs run by the Vice President of Education, Nowai Keleekai-Brapoh, have received significant interest by many of our members. Please contact me at kari.mastro@icloud.com or Region 4 Secretary, Dan Marino at marinod1@live.com and we will send you the meeting link.

 

Our Past-President, Maureen Clark-Gallagher, along with the Vice President of Communication, Melissa Sherman publish our Region 4 newsletters. We hope you are enjoying them and welcome your contributions and ideas on topic on which you would like to learn more. We know many of you are experts in your field of practice and would like if you would consider writing an article for the newsletter or presenting at one of our educational sessions. We would also like to highlight your accomplishments so please send Maureen mgallagher@TESU.edu or Melissa mshermanrn@yahoo.com your accomplishments and photos of you in action.

 

Please know that the Region 4 Board and I are here for you. We thank you for all that you are doing for the nursing profession and the communities that we serve.

 

Feel free to reach out to me or any member of the Region 4 Board.

 

Kari Mastro

President, NJSNA Region 4

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Upcoming Events

Healthy Nurse Meeting

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - February 9 @ 9:00 pm

NJSNA BOD Retreat

February 11 @ 11:00 am - February 11 @ 2:00 pm

NJ Nursing Students Convention

February 16 - February 17
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2022 Night Shift Fall Back Celebration

Around the world, nurses are needed to work the night shift. Patients in acute, subacute, and long-term care settings require nurses to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Working at night, outside the regular routines of society, disrupts nurses’ circadian rhythms and...[...]

Nurses and Community Engagement

Nurses and Community Engagement.  This section is focused on engaging with your community whether virtually or in-person. Educate members of your community on what nurses do beyond the bedside — advocacy, shaping public policy, or serving as organizational board members, among other duties. Encourage them...[...]

Nurses and Professional Development

Nurses and  Professional Development. Per the ANA, "Access resources and insights to guide you in your professional development. Focus on how you can excel and lead in your nursing career or inspire and help others in their professional nursing journey." Please read Region 4 VP...[...]

Nurses and Recognition

Nurses and  Recognition. We honor the work of nurses who lead, excel, and innovate, not only in our health care systems but also in our communities which makes them vital to transforming the future of health care.   Please read Region 4 President -Elect Kari Mastro's...[...]

Nurses and self-care

Nurses and  Self- care: Nurses are encouraged to cultivate and maintain optimal mental health  and physical well- being.  Please read Region 4  member Megan Filoramo's  informative and concise article on article on self- care. https://njsna.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/week-1-self-care-megan-filoramo-1.pdf[...]

NJSNA Supports Joint Statement

Sent on behalf of NJSNA President Mary Ellen Levine: “NJSNA Board supports the joint statement  of the American Nurses Association, the International Council of Nurses and other global nursing organizations in condemning the illegal invasion of Ukraine and the military attacks on its people and...[...]


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NJSNA Region 4 education program on Self Awareness, Peer Support, and Moral Injury was presented by Nurse2Nurse to membership on March 10, 2022

A previously recorded session is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/dSsCqMfyH-k.

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Please celebrate Nurses Week with Region 4's educational program

Reclaiming Your Happiness Without Changing Your Job: 5 Steps for Nurses was presented by  Megan Filoramo, MSN, APN-C Nurse Coach and Region 4 Member on Thursday, May 12.

Here is the link to the presentation. Please take the time to view this wonderful presentation

https://drive.google.com/file/d/110jPaTvL9y8PebbgZpgI7MTwZMZXeV3e/view

 

 

You can access Megan’s site at  Nursing Beyond the Job, LLC

 

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Our annual meeting was held virtually on November 10, 2022 from 6:30-9:30 pm. We had 23 attendees from several NJSNA regions, students, and mentors from Thomas Edison State University.  In addition to the informational annual meeting, an education program was held.

Speakers were Dawn Alerassool, DNP, RN, CNE Assistant Dean Undergraduate Nursing Programs, Thomas Edison State University School of Nursing & Health Professions and Cornelia Gilpin, DNP, RN, NEA-BC Director, Professional Practice, Englewood Hospital. Dr. Nowai L. Brapoh moderated the program entitled “What’s Next with the NCLEX: Implications for Education and Practice”. One contact hour was awarded to each participant who attended the presentation.

 

 

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Newsletters

Check-out the latest edition of the Region 4 newsletter from 2022 December  as well as the past newsletters.

 

 

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Regional By-Laws

The Region 4 Bylaws are now available.

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Additional Resources

Looking for more information and resources? Check out these books, podcasts, and materials!

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55 reasons to join and stay a member of NJSNA!!

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Congratulations to three Region 4 members who are Divas!!

On April 7, 2022,  three Region 4 members were honored as at the Institute for Nursing’s annual Diva and Dons Gala.  Our congratulations to Linda Carroll  (Vice President of Patient Care Services   and Chief Nursing Officer at St. Peter’s Healthcare System), Avril Keldo (Director, Professional Practice Saint Peter’s University Hospital), and Amita Avadhani (Associate Professor, Rutgers University , Newark).

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Thomas Edison State University Presidential Award for Distinguished Service

Dr. Ana Maria Catanzaro, Region 4 member and Associate Dean of the Thomas Edison State (TESU) W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and Health Professions, was honored with the TESU Presidential Award for Distinguished Service for her contributions to the University to advance its mission and strategic plan and for her ongoing service to the local community by organizing TESU students and staff to help vaccinate more than 11,000 Trenton residents against COVID-19.

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2022 Nurses Month Week 1 Self-Care

Week one is Self care: This week is dedicated to cultivating and maintaining optimal mental health  and physical well being. 

Please read Megan Filoramo’s  informative and concise article on article on self care

https://njsna.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/week-1-self-care-megan-filoramo-1.pdf

 

 

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2022 Nurses Month Week 2 Recognition

Week 2  Focuses  on Recognition. We honor the work of nurses who lead, excel, and innovate, not only in our health care systems but also in our communities which makes them vital to transforming the future of health care.  

Please read Kari Mastro’s inspirational essay titled  You Make A Difference.

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2022 Nurses Month Week 3 Professional Development

Week 3  Focuses  on Professional Development. Per the ANA, “Access resources and insights to guide you in your professional development. Focus on how you can excel and lead in your nursing career or inspire and help others in their professional nursing journey.”

Please read Region 4 VP of Education Nowai L. Keleekai-Brapoh’s  inspirational essay titled Professional Development: Education…and then Some!

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Happy Nurses Month from Region 4 Week 4 Community Engagement

Week 4  focuses on engaging with your community whether virtually or in-person. Per the ANA, “Educate members of your community on what nurses do beyond the bedside — advocacy, shaping public policy, or serving as organizational board members, among other duties. Encourage them to support current and future nurses.”

Please read Region 4’s Member at Large for Middlesex County Marge Drozd’s inspirational essay on this subject week-4-community-engagement-marge-drozd

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Healthy Nurses Walk on September 18, 2022

Many Region 4 nurses  participated in the  September 18, 2022 Healthy Nurses Walk . Pictured here are Beth Knoz ( Past President), Hilda Aluko (Treasurer), and Amita Avadhani (Region 4 member ).  A great time was had by all!!

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Board of Directors

Kari A. Mastro, President
Maureen Clark-Gallagher, Past President
Hilda Aluko, Treasurer
Daniel R. Marino , Secretary
Keisha Cogdell, VP Membership
Melissa Sherman, VP Communications
Tracy Vitale, VP Policy & Practice
Chantel Hale, VP Nominations & Elections
Nowai Keleekai-Brapoh, VP Education
Yvette Shangold, Member-at-Large Hunterdon
Ginnette Watkins-Keller, Member-at-Large Mercer and Bucks County PA

Margaret Drozd, Member-at-Large Middlesex
Marcia Nettingham, Member-at-Large Somerset

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