April 10, 2023 | Stephanie Reitz - UConn Communications
Victoria Vaughan Dickson, PhD, RN, FAHA, FHFSA, FAAN, a highly respected nursing educator, researcher, and clinician, has been selected as the 11th dean of the UConn School of Nursing.
Dickson currently is the John W. Rowe Professor in Successful Aging at New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing, where she is also the Assistant Dean for Research Innovation and Director of the Pless Center for Nursing Research.
She starts her new role as UConn’s School of Nursing dean on Aug. 1.
Anne D’Alleva, UConn’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, announced Dickson’s appointment in a letter Friday to the school’s faculty, staff, and students, noting she was the top choice from an “exceptionally talented pool of applicants.”
“Dr. Dickson has demonstrated a deep understanding of our School of Nursing’s needs and will bring the necessary leadership and vision to continue the school’s extraordinary achievements across teaching, research, and engagement,” D’Alleva says.
April 3, 2023 / 2023 TOP 25 WOMEN IN BUSINESS
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In 2021, Kelly Smith Papa was named president and CEO of Duncaster, Connecticut’s first LifePlan community, established in 1984 in Bloomfield.
President & CEO
She brings to this position more than 25 years of nationally recognized clinical and executive leadership in senior living. Her extensive resume includes positions as a director of nursing, a clinical educator and a national consultant in building dementia care programs.
She facilitates the Leadership Academy of LeadingAge Connecticut, a year-long development program for leaders in aging services and is the author of eight books on senior living and long-term nursing care.
Papa’s leadership combines the compassion of her clinical nursing background with a collaborative and respectful engagement with staff and residents.
What have been your biggest professional accomplishments so far?
Professionally, the accomplishment I am most proud of was being appointed president and CEO of Duncaster. Duncaster’s culture is one of trust, respect, fulfillment and relationships. I find myself drawing from my life experiences, values and education as I lead with collaboration and transparency.
What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?
My priority is to continuously foster our culture where residents and employees are encouraged to bring their authentic self, knowledge, curiosity, ideas and talents every day. It is my goal to continue to bring out the best in each person as we reposition, renovate and expand our community.
What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?
I am proud that by following my guiding values and immersing myself in places of deep learning, I have developed the confidence to lead with authenticity, enthusiasm and compassion. I never imagined, starting as a young nurse, that someday I would be a CEO. I believe these practices have drawn me into this role.
Who has been your most important mentor and why?
My family members have been my most impactful mentors, from my parents, who led in their jobs with the qualities I try to emulate, to my husband and my two amazing children, who show me the importance of curiosity and love every day. I deeply respect family and encourage my team to put their families first.
In response to the current and on-going nursing faculty shortage, the Hawaiʻi State Center for Nursing (HSCN), with the financial support of the State of Hawaiʻi, provided free, online training to clinical nursing faculty across the state.
The online training course was delivered in January 2023. Funding from the State of Hawaiʻi provided training to 100% of the requests from Hawaiʻi nursing schools. Training current clinical nursing faculty with the knowledge and skills to effectively educate and evaluate current nursing students in the clinical environment strengthens the existing workforce and improves student outcomes and academic success.
Clinical nursing faculty are licensed nurses who teach nursing students in a clinical environment. Nursing students learn in two different settings:
The next Hawaiʻi cohort for the clinical faculty training course will be offered in the upcoming fiscal year. Nursing instructors who are interested in participating should contact their employer.
About the Hawai‘i State Center for Nursing
The Hawai‘i State Center of Nursing (HSCN) was established by the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 2003. HSCN is the champion for nursing excellence and is a trusted collaborative partner dedicated to developing a healthcare workforce committed to the promise of quality care for all the people of Hawai‘i. Through academic and employer partnerships, the HSCN provides accurate nursing workforce data for planning; disseminates nursing knowledge to support excellence in practice and leadership development; promotes a diverse workforce; and advocates for sound health policy to serve the changing healthcare needs of the people of Hawai‘i. Visit us at hawaiicenterfornursing.org.
Thought Leaders 2023. It Takes a Village: Interprofessional Collaboration to Promote Health and Wellness
Join SNHU on April 11 and 12 for SNHU's 6th annual Thought Leaders 2023 Conference.
In keeping with our mission of supporting communities through training and education, this year's event in our Thought Leaders series seeks to serve all leaders and frontline workers in the field of healthcare, education, mental health, and public health who seek to improve their community’s health through interprofessional collaboration. Our aim is to offer information and strategies to promote health equity.
Day One - April 11, 2023, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gail Christopher
Day Two - April 12, 2023, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Chris Chanyasulkit
Earn 3.5 contact hours (ANCC) each day, a total of 7 contact hours for attending both events.
Announcing the NEW Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellowship Program powered by Penn Nursing and the Wharton School
The Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellowship Program (JJNIF) powered by Penn Nursing and the Wharton School is a ground-breaking, one-year, team-based nursing fellowship for Chief Nursing Officers (CNO), nurse executives, and senior nurse leaders.
The goal of the fellowship is to advance healthcare by powering up nurse-led innovation and leadership within health systems.
The JJNIF is designed for innovative nurse executives who have a passion for finding solutions that provide better care for patients and support a workplace environment where nurses can thrive.
This fellowship is unique in that two nurse leaders – one Chief Nursing Officer or nurse executive and one other senior nurse leader from the same health system organization – participate and work together to address a real-world challenge they are facing in their health system.
The program will immerse fellows in the innovation process by focusing on human-centered design and design thinking methodologies and will teach fellows how to apply them to their challenge areas. The innovation curriculum provided by Penn Nursing will be paired with business acumen and leadership skills development through Wharton Executive Education.
How is the Fellowship structured?
The one-year program (June 2023-May 2024) is a combination of in-person and virtual sessions, and teams are expected to attend all sessions. The program begins with a virtual half-day kick-off meeting in early June 2023, followed by an in-person 5-day Summer Innovation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, from June 26-30, 2023. Following the Summer Innovation Institute, there are three 2-day virtual synchronous sessions (one each quarter) throughout the year and a 2-day in-person closing event at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ, on May 22-23, 2024. Click here for a list of the Key Fellowship Dates.
Ten two-person teams from different health systems across the United States will be selected as fellows through a competitive process using an online application. Each team will be composed of a CNO or nurse executive and a senior nurse leader.
The application will be submitted by the CNO/nurse executive from a hospital or health system who will serve as the primary applicant. The CNO/nurse executive will choose another senior nurse leader from their hospital or health system to complete the team. A Letter of Support from your health system stating buy-in and support from the Chief Executive Officer is required.
Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2023. Participants will be selected and notified in May of 2023. The program will begin in June 2023 and conclude in May 2024.
JJNIF Information Sessions will take place virtually on:
March 13th 1-2p ET - March 16th 5-6p ET - March 21st 5-6p ET
March 23rd 12-1p ET - March 29th 12-1p ET - March 30th 2-3p ET
Three new professional development lunch and learn opportunities starting in February.
Learn more and Register today!
“Imagining, Innovating and Transforming the National Nursing Workforce”.
The conference will be held on June 12-14, 2023 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, Arlington VA and will bring
together nursing, workforce, and leaders from across the country to learn, share and network.
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Learn more at our Conference Website: https://nursingworkforcecenters.org/annual-conference/
Message from Lynda Benton, Senior Director, Corporate Equity, Johnson & Johnson
Nurses are innovators, lifesavers and fierce patient advocates. Where would the world be without them?
It’s a simple yet powerful question, and one that aligns to why Johnson & Johnson has proudly championed and supported the nursing profession for 125 years.
The work of nurses is critical in the nation’s ability to provide safe, quality, and equitable patient outcomes, and without enough nurses, the foundation of our health system is at risk. Today, the nursing profession is in crisis with accelerated, alarming levels of burnout, turnover, and vacancy rates. A healthcare system without enough nurses is a healthcare crisis for us all.
Our commitment is to recognize, celebrate, support, and acknowledge the irreplaceable value and impact that nurses bring to healthcare, every day. And through advocacy, scholarships, clinical and leadership education, mental health resources, and more, Johnson & Johnson has proudly supported the nursing profession for more than a century and continues to do so today.
We’re excited to share with you a new media campaign launching this December in celebration of the nursing profession and their impact on healthcare. We invite you to join us and help share these assets!
Starting December 1, view and share these new :30 and :15 nursing videos and GIF on your social channels, and watch the Heroes Among Us segments on the TODAY show, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, featuring inspiring nurse innovators helping to improve patient care. A new segment is coming soon.
As this year ends, I also invite you to check out these programs in support of nurses:
Click on image to listen - for Marcia's segment, start at the 38 minute mark.
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Reps. Blunt Rochester, Kim & Sens. Merkley, Tillis Introduce the National Nursing Workforce Center Act
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