by Suja ThomasSuja Thomas (NAINA) & Merlin Mendonca (AAINJ-NJ2)
The National Association of Indian Nurses of America, a nonprofit professional organization held its 2nd Clinical Excellence Conference in East Hanover, New Jersey on November 2nd, 2019. The theme of the conference was “Population Health: Bridging Gaps and Improving Access to Care” which was hosted by American Association of Indian Nurses of New Jersey, Chapter 2 (AAIN-NJ2). This event was attended by over150 health professionals including nurse executives, advanced practice nurses, nurse educators and registered nurses from across the country. This conference is an effort of the Advance Practice forum of the National Association of Indian nurses of America, celebrated during the Nurse Practitioner week November 10th- Nov 16th 2019.
Ms. Sandra Emmanuel, President of AAIN-NJ2 welcomed all the attendees and Dr. Rachel Koshy, APN Committee chair of NAINA gave an overview of the conference. The event was moderated by Siby Varughese and Surya Chacko. Dr. Agnes Therady delivered her Presidential address. The keynote speaker Mr. Nashon Hornsby, Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health Division of Community Health Services spoke about Equity: A Discussion Regarding the Interplay between Social Structures and Health Outcomes
Nancy Holecek, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of RWJ Barnabas health system was the guest of honor and was felicitated with a lifetime achievement award for her unceasing support and commitment to the growth and development of AAIN-NJ2 since its inception. The global campaign of Nursing Now initiative was launched during this conference to empower NAINA nurses to tackle health care challenges.
Several experts in the local chapters and NAINA addressed the audience on topics related to the theme of population health through podium and poster presentations. Posters were displayed at the conference and winners were awarded prizes.
Uma Venugopal, Secretary, AAIN-NJ 2 delivered the closing remarks.The Conference attendees received 7 contact hours by NAINA, an accredited provider of ANCC. The conference augmented the knowledge and understanding about population health and highlighted the significance of nurses’ roles in providing safe, high quality and cost-effective health care for all.