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.


Julie Aseltta

Julie Aseltta, BSN, RN

Master’s Cohort 2 (2010)

Rutgers School of Nursing (formerly UMDNJ School of Nursing)

” The New Jersey Nursing Initiative is a great opportunity …


Mary Thomas

Mary Thomas, MSN, RNC

PhD Cohort 2 (2011)

Rutgers School of Nursing

“The nursing role is powerful. When working with patients, nurses serve as disseminators …