A group of Clinical Role Development IV nursing students attended a New Jersey State Nurses Association Board of Directors meeting on September 22 thanks to their professor, Mary Ellen Levine, who serves as the Region I President of the Association. The students had the opportunity to network with nursing leaders, participate in public sessions, and learn about organizational membership.
The New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) represents the 110,000 registered nurses in New Jersey and advocates for education, policy development, and evidence-based practice. NJSNA President Norma Rodgers, along with several other officers and Region Presidents, attended the meeting.
“It was interesting to get a glimpse of nursing leadership roles outside of the hospital,” Senior Katherine Pacheco said. “The district leaders spoke so passionately about the role clinical nurses play in the healthcare industry. I realize now that nurses need to get involved with professional organizations like the NJSNA if they want a voice in future policy.”
The NJSNA district leaders come from across the nursing spectrum and include teaching nurses, bedside nurses, and advanced nurse practitioners, exposing students to the diversity of the profession.
“Nurses specialize in certain areas because of their passion for that area of care, but it is so important for nurses across specializations to support each other. By getting involved in the NJSNA, we can unite together to create change. This was a great opportunity for Seton Hall nursing students to get involved in that process,” said Senior Ryan Mion.
Professor Levine hopes the students came away with a sense of professional community.
“The course teaches students to apply concepts and theories to population-focused nursing practice in a community setting. In this case, the community was the nursing community. Hopefully this experience helped the students understand the importance of that community.”
About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975, the Ph.D. program in 2006 and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2009. U.S. News & World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.