NJHA's Holmes Named Program Director for N.J. Nursing Initiative

Jun 06, 2013, 09:59 ET from New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA)

PRINCETON, N.J., June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Aline Holmes, MSN, RN, senior vice president of clinical affairs for the New Jersey Hospital Association, has been selected by the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) to serve as one of two program directors that will help address the state's nurse faculty shortage.

Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, NJNI was launched in 2009 to address the nursing faculty shortage in New Jersey and help avert the projected shortage of more than 23,000 nurses in less than two decades.

"As a nurse and as an administrator, I've long known the fundamental role that nurses have in providing care and promoting health," Holmes said. "I'm eager to tackle the challenges in New Jersey that NJNI has focused on so tirelessly for four years."

Holmes will co-chair along with Susan W. Salmond, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, who is dean and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey -School of Nursing.

Holmes also is director of the NJHA Institute for Quality and Patient Safety (www.njha.com/quality-patient-safety/) which leads statewide quality improvement efforts among hospitals and other healthcare providers. She also serves as a principal investigator/project director for several patient safety improvement initiatives funded by RWJF and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, and directs NJHA's efforts under a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services contract to serve as a hospital engagement network in the Partnership for Patients national initiative. (www.njha.com/pfp)

A U.S. Navy Nurse Corps veteran, Holmes completed her undergraduate studies in nursing at the University of Massachusetts and received her master of science in nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is pursuing a doctorate in nursing leadership at Rutgers University. She resides in Plainsboro.

The New Jersey Hospital Association, based in Princeton, is a not-for-profit trade organization that advocates for its member hospitals and post-acute providers and the patients they serve.

SOURCE New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA)