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Developing Leadership Talent: A Statewide Nurse Leader Mentorship Program

Rich, Mary MSN, MAS, RN, CCRN, NE-BC; Kempin, Bettyann MSN, MS-HCM, RN, NP-C, NE-BC; Loughlin, Mary Jo MAS, RN, NE-BC; Vitale, Tracy R. MSN, RNC-OB; Wurmser, Theresa PhD, MPH, RN, NEA-BC; Thrall, Terese Hudson MFA

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: February 2015 - Volume 45 - Issue 2 - p 63–66
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000166
Departments: AONE Leadership Perspectives

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Nurse leaders continue to seek support programs essential for advancement to senior roles. Providing such support presents a challenge for the future of nursing in the state of New Jersey and on a national level. This article discusses the creation of a mentorship program by the Organization of Nurse Executives of New Jersey (ONE NJ). In recognition of the program, which has contributed to the advancement of New Jersey nursing leadership, the ONE NJ received the 2014 American Organization of Nurse Executives Chapter Achievement Award.

Author Affiliations: Senior Nurse Executive (Ms Rich), Clinical Services, Summit Medical Group & Summit Health Management, Berkeley Heights; Assistant Vice President (Ms Kempin), Medical Surgical Services, The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood; Administrative Director (Ms Loughlin), Maternal Child Health and Critical Care, Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington; Assistant Nurse Manager (Ms Vitale), Labor and Delivery, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, and Director, Meridian Health Ann May Center for Nursing and Allied Health, and Chair (Dr Wurmser), Georgian Court-Meridian Health School of Nursing, Neptune, New Jersey; and Senior Communications Specialist (Ms Thrall), American Organization of Nurse Executives, Chicago, Illinois.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Thrall, American Organization of Nurse Executives, 155 N Wacker Dr, 4th Fl, Chicago, IL 60606 (

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