On April 21st, JNESO District Council 1 co-hosted an event with the NJ Nurses Association titled:
Addiction: NJ Nurses on the Front Line.
Hosted at the Rutgers Labor Education Center; this event brought together nurses, law enforcement and policy advocates to address the increasing OPIOID epidemic in New Jersey.
This forum covered topics such as: what is driving the epidemic, barriers to treatment, legislative actions and next steps for the future.
Johanna Shaheed, RN, at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark and Kelly Bratcher, RN, at Lehigh Valley Health Network –Pocono provided insight from the healthcare provider’s role.
Also, at our Leadership Training and Education Day, April 4th & 5th, JNESO Nurses and Technical employees received Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) on various topics including, The Opioid Crisis and the Healthcare Provider's Role. Nurses and licensed technical employees must attain 30 credits of continuing education every two years to keep their licenses active.
JNESO plans additional events and forums to cover this increasing public health crisis.