The Rutgers University School of Nursing recently received $12.5 million to improve sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment among people living with or at risk for HIV. In the US, STIs are on the rise with a record-breaking 2.3 million cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia diagnosed in 2017.
Rutgers HIV expert John Nelson, PhD, CNS, CPNP, principal investigator for the new $12.5 million initiative, tells Nursing.Rutgers.edu, “Common STIs are not only a major health concern on their own, they are also known to increase the risk of both transmitting and acquiring HIV…Despite national recommendations, routine STI testing and prevention are often lacking in primary care for people living with HIV. Now, with the ongoing opioid epidemic, risky behaviors associated with substance use, development of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, and decreased condom use by high-risk individuals, we’re facing a perfect storm related to the spread of common STIs.”
Rutgers School of Nursing is aiming to help reverse this trend with a new federally funded project that will work to improve STI screening and treatment practices in some of the nation’s hardest hit regions, especially among people living with or at risk for HIV.
The project, Improving Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening and Treatment among People Living with or at Risk for HIV, was awarded to Rutgers School of Nursing’s François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center. The $12,417,717 award is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
To learn more about the Rutgers University School of Nursing’s $12.5 million award to help improve STI testing, visit here.
Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing, School of Health and Medical Sciences, and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine recently received an interprofessional training grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, designed to expand patient access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.
The Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health Interprofessional Medication-Assisted Treatment Training Program has been approved as a $404,905 commitment over three years. The project will be led by Kathleen Neville from the College of Nursing, Laura Goshko from the School of Health and Medical Sciences, and Stanley R. Terlecky from the School of Medicine, ensuring that all adult-gerontology nurse-practitioner, physician assistant, and physician students educated at the three schools will receive interprofessional didactic instruction and clinical supervision related to opioid use disorder and medication-assisted treatment plans.
Seton Hall University Dean Marie Foley tells SHU.edu, “Watching the opioid epidemic escalate and the devastation it creates to individuals, families and communities is heartbreaking. Being awarded this competitive grant and having the opportunity to hopefully make a difference by educating future health care providers to be able to prescribe medication-assisted treatment and to gain knowledge regarding the disease will be a most meaningful contribution.”
The project directors remain highly committed to their collaborate partnership to address the opioid epidemic in New Jersey. To learn more about Seton Hall University’s grant to help expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders, visit here.
The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey recently appointed Janet Gordils-Perez, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNP, as the new chief nursing officer. Gordils-Perez joined the Rutgers Cancer Institute in 2004 as the director of oncology nursing.
Her prior experience also includes serving as adult nurse practitioner and clinical research nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In her 13 years of service to the Rutgers Cancer Institute, Gordils-Perez has been instrumental in expanding the Hematologic Malignancies/Blood and Marrow Transplant Programs and the Brain and Spine and Head and Neck Programs.
Deborah Toppmeyer, MD, chief medical officer at Rutgers Cancer Institute, tells CINJ.org:
“Over the past 13 years, Dr. Gordils-Perez has had a tremendous impact on our clinical operations. She works tirelessly to assure that the nursing program at Rutgers Cancer Institute is exemplary and supports an efficient practice.”
In her new role, Gordils-Perez will oversee 150 clinical and administrative staff who are responsible for treatment nursing, advanced practice nursing, pediatric nursing, social work, medical health technician support, and nursing and patient education. To learn more about Gordils-Perez and her new position with the Rutgers Cancer Institute, visit here.
Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, an associate dean for the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden, has been selected as one of three New Jersey nursing professionals to be inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). She is a noted scholar on diverse issues including nurses in the military.
173 nursing professionals in the world were selected for the honor in 2017, representing the nation’s foremost health care thought leaders. Selection criteria for AAN fellows includes evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and a nursing career that influences health policies and health care delivery for Americans.
Scannell-Desch is a retired colonel in the US Air Force Nurse Corps and a former flight nurse who served on active duty across the world from 1972 to 1997. She joined the Rutgers Nursing faculty in January 2016 following a 25-year military career and 15-year teaching career at other universities. During her time in the military, Scannell-Desch held a number of leadership positions including command nurse executive at the US Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon where she directed nursing policy and practice for Air Force Reserve nursing personnel worldwide.
To learn more about Scannell-Desch and her induction as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow, visit here.
The National Academies of Practice, a national interprofessional organization advising on health care delivery in the US, recently inducted Nancy Pontes, an assistant professor in the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, as a Fellow. Pontes was inducted into the prestigious fellowship during an annual conference in March, where she was also distinguished as a fellow of the Nursing Academy.
Pontes’ expertise is in family health, the delivery of care, and the social determinants of health and well-being in youth and families. She was the 2013 recipient of the New Jersey College Health Association’s Honorary Nursing Excellence Award in College Health. Pontes has also published research in several health-related journals and presented her findings at conferences nationwide.
As a member of the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden since 2015, Pontes teaches undergraduate courses in Community Health Nursing/Global Health and Wellness and Health Assessment, and graduate courses in Advanced Health and Physical Assessment. Pontes is also the primary investigator on a $600,000 grant from the US Department of Education International and Foreign Language office which seeks to strengthen Spanish language skills among students and faculty.
Pontes received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Pensacola Christian College in 1985, her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Florida in 1994, and her PhD in nursing from Columbia University in 2003. She previously served as assistant vice president for health and wellness at Rowan University and practice director and nurse practitioner at New York University’s Division of Nursing and the University of Florida’s College of Medicine prior to beginning her position with Rutgers.
To learn more about Pontes’ nursing background and Fellow recognition with the National Academies of Practice, visit here.
Joanne Robinson, the inaugural dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden, was recently named as one of nine fellows for the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice program.
The program selects experienced executive leaders in nursing education and practice who have held positions for over five years. Selected participants are prepared to become champions for change who design and implement strategies for innovation and meeting the demands of nursing education and health care. Over the course of the one-year program, participants will work with peers and experts across the country on issues of leadership and organizational systems.
Robinson is a noted scholar in nursing care for the elderly. She was named the founding dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden in 2012 and has since been committed to preparing nurses to deliver top patient care while advancing nursing and health science. The relatively new nursing school has Robinson to thank for its impressive growth which includes the addition of a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program and graduate certificate program in wound ostomy continence nursing, and the merger of two nursing programs into the Rutgers-Camden program.
After her starting her nursing career with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from William Paterson University, Robinson went on to earn a master’s degree in community health nursing from Rutgers-Newark and a PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Robinson is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), co-founded the NJ End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium, and served on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Elder Care and the New Jersey Commission on Aging, amongst several other achievements.
To learn more about Robinson’s nursing background and achievements, visit here.