Princeton, N.J.– The New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) today announced that Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, who has served as program director since NJNI launched four years ago, is stepping down in June. Bakewell-Sachs, who also until recently was interim provost of The College of New Jersey, has accepted an appointment as dean of the School of Nursing and vice president for nursing affairs at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, NJNI was created in 2009 to address the state’s nurse faculty shortage and help avert the projected shortage of more than 23,000 nurses in New Jersey in less than two decades.
RWJF’s senior adviser for nursing, Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, praised Bakewell-Sachs for her extraordinary leadership and accomplishments in the state. “Susan Bakewell-Sachs has made a remarkable contribution to improving health care in New Jersey. Her talent and dedication have helped make NJNI a national model for states working to prepare the next generation of nurses,” Hassmiller said. “Her work is helping this state improve health and health care for all its citizens.”
Under Bakewell-Sachs’ leadership, NJNI’s Faculty Preparation Program has supported 61 New Jersey Nursing Scholars who are pursuing, or have completed, master’s or doctoral degrees that qualify them for nurse faculty positions. NJNI developed the Nursing Academic Resource Center of New Jersey, an online tool for graduate-level nursing students; and supported the Nursing Centralized Application System, to streamline the nursing school application process for prospective students and monitor the availability of slots in nursing programs. NJNI also launched WeTeachNursingNJ.com, a website dedicated to nursing faculty career information.
In addition, NJNI has a leading role with the New Jersey Action Coalition, which helps the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s landmark nursing report as part of a nationwide effort to transform nursing and the delivery of health care in America.
“My work for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative has been enormously gratifying,” said Bakewell-Sachs. “While I am excited about my next position, I am deeply saddened to leave the wonderful relationships and incredible work that I have enjoyed through the New Jersey Nursing Initiative. I am very proud of our accomplishments to date and know that NJNI will continue to advance nursing education and nursing for years to come.”
RWJF has authorized NJNI through 2016 and will conduct a search for a new project director over the next several months.
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