The New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) community was saddened by the news that Rich Hader, PhD, RN, FAAN, died on March 25.
It was an honor to work with such a gifted nurse leader. Hader was a champion of NJNI and co-chair of the committee focused on increasing faculty capacity. In particular, he dedicated time to the Innovations in Clinical Education (ICE) program, helping make what began as an exciting idea a reality.
The leaders of four ICE pilot projects completed their work last year and presented their findings at an ICE forum earlier this year. Their success is a tribute to Hader’s passionate belief that academia and practice must partner to improve clinical education if we are to have the diverse, highly qualified nursing workforce that New Jersey deserves.
Hader was committed to helping the next generation strive to be the best, and spent time at NJNI annual meetings talking with and inspiring the New Jersey Nursing Scholars.
We are proud to have called Hader a colleague, and proud to see his legacy reflected in NJNI.