Continuing operation of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative's Collaborative Learning Community to address the nurse faculty shortage, 2013-2014

The Foundation's New Jersey Nursing Initiative was designed to address the New Jersey nurse faculty shortage by developing, implementing and evaluating a statewide model for recruitment and retention of nurse faculty.This program contract funds the work of Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN, in the ongoing implementation and management of the Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI). The goal of CLC is to enhance the faculty acculturation of the 61 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey nursing scholars and better prepare them to be future NJ nurse faculty. Scholars, project directors, and faculty mentors participate in monthly CLC sessions, delivered primarily by webinar. Deliverables for this project include: (1) engaging NJ nursing scholars, alumni, and schools in the CLC sessions; (2) developing a detailed schedule of the 2013-2014 CLC sessions, including engaging speakers and coordinating resource materials; (3) implementing at least 10 CLC sessions by webinar or in person; (4) consulting with the NJNI program office to assess grantee plans for how NJNI scholars will meet the desired educational competencies, and outlining how CLC can best complement these efforts; (5) drafting reports at 6 and 12 months on the status of CLC implementation; (6) consulting with the NJNI program office on the agenda for the NJNI annual meeting, to be held in fall 2013 at RWJF; (7) working with the NJNI evaluation team to measure the impact of CLC and NJNI; and (8) attending up to three in-person meetings at RWJF or at schools with faculty-preparation programs.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $25,000.00

Awarded on: 3/24/2013

Time frame: 3/15/2013 - 3/14/2014

Grant Number: 70781


Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN

10843 East County Road, 750 North
Brownsburg, 46112-9617


Diane M. Billings
Project Director