About Us

About Us

The New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) is a multi-year, multi-million-dollar program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), with assistance and support provided by the New Jersey Hospital Association/Health Research and Educational Trust (NJHA/HRET), working to transform nursing education in the state.

In its early years, NJNI worked to address the state’s nursing faculty shortage by supporting 61 New Jersey Nursing Scholars who pursued advanced degrees in order to become nursing faculty. NJNI now focuses on faculty development and encouraging nursing educators in the Garden State to reshape curricula and clinical experience in order to better prepare nurses to meet the emerging demands of providing community-based care and improving population health.

By supporting new and innovative ideas to create sustainable change in nursing curricula, NJNI intends to make a dramatic change in the way nursing students are prepared. Creating academic and clinical partnerships is also a crucial focus area that reflects the direction of health care education.


Catherine Jirak Monetti

Catherine Jirak Monetti, MA, RN

PhD Cohort 1 (2009)

Rutgers School of Nursing

“Receipt of this highly prestigious award has allowed me the time, freedom …


Lisa Heelan

Lisa Heelan, MSN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC

PhD Cohort 2 (2011)

Seton Hall University

“To whom much is given, much is expected.  Being a recipient of the Robert …