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$22 Million Initiative Aims to Reverse New Jersey's Nurse Faculty Shortage, Avert Health Care Crisis
Date:5/28/2009

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Third, to help students interested in pursuing nursing find programs with seats available, in 2010 the "New Jersey Nursing Initiative" will begin developing and piloting a centralized online application service that will allow prospective students to complete a single application and send it to schools of nursing across the state. This is part of a national initiative, being spearheaded by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and New Jersey is one of its lead states.

Fourth, the "New Jersey Nursing Initiative" has a comprehensive website, www.njni.org -- a valuable resource for anyone interested in nursing in New Jersey. It features essential state nursing data, news, emerging issues, and more, with information that is not available anywhere else, including searchable listings of nursing programs filtered by degree, county and institution.

Speakers at the hearing warned that New Jersey is heading for a serious - and avoidable - shortage of registered nurses that will jeopardize health care for all residents, from children with health problems, to women with high-risk pregnancies, to people in middle age who are beginning to develop preventable diseases, to seniors with multiple chronic conditions or who need palliative, end-of-life care. The "New Jersey Nursing Initiative" will work to ensure that the state will have the nurses it needs to meet the health care demands of all its residents.

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