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.


Laura Zakresky

Laura Zakresky, MSN, RN

Master’s Cohort 2 (2010)

Kean University

“I am very excited and grateful to be part of the New Jersey Nursing [Initiative]… …


Latoya Rawlins

Latoya Rawlins, MSN, RN

Master’s Cohort 1 (2009)

Monmouth University

“I wanted to become a New Jersey Nursing Scholar because of the shortage of nursing …