Education Calendar

Six-month closure of Alexander Road for bridge projects begins Nov. 6


The mission of the New Jersey Sepsis Learning-Action collaborative and conference is to spread evidence-based sepsis interventions throughout the acute and post-acute care settings. In this fifth year of the collaboration, healthcare providers face challenges related to managing sepsis across care settings and in vulnerable patient populations. This program will focus on dealing with those challenges and building on past successes to sustain the improvement efforts aimed at early recognition and rapid treatment of sepsis.

Important: All participants must prepare and present a sepsis storyboard during the storyboard presentation sessions. The topic of the storyboard is “What is your organization doing to improve the sepsis care of vulnerable patient populations?” Address a problem or observation that led to an innovation solution, development of a tool or change in process for a specific vulnerable patient population (pediatrics, nursing home, community-based groups). One storyboard per organization.

Storyboards can be displayed as no more than six PowerPoint slides or a poster. The day of the learning session, teams should bring their printed slides/poster affixed to a trifold board to NJHA.

When you arrive the morning of the learning session, you will receive information indicating which time and table location your storyboard should be posted on. Teams will be assigned to present during one of two 30-minute storyboard sessions. These sessions will be held in a gallery format with teams rotating through and viewing individual storyboards.

If you have any questions regarding the storyboards, please contact Shannon Davila at

Fri. 1/31

Join NJHA for a day of networking with colleagues and celebrating the good works of New Jersey's healthcare providers.


The New Jersey Department of Health approved a paid dining assistant curriculum for use by nursing homes in 2018. A clinical team made up of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Federal Tag F-811 and 42 CFR 432.160 related to the use of paid dining assistants in nursing homes. The federal regulations give each state the flexibility to allow nursing homes to use dining assistants to supplement the services of nursing staff if their use is consistent with state law, and if the dining assistants successfully complete a state-approved training program. We have decided to use the term dining assistant, rather than feeding assistant, because we believe it is a term that is more aligned with person-centered care and resident dignity. This program is intended to train the primary instructors of paid dining assistants in nursing homes. The primary instructor must be registered nurse with previous long-term care experience and a current New Jersey license. Ideally, the curriculum would be taught with other team members such as a registered dietitian, licensed physical, speech, and/or occupational therapist, and/or a licensed social worker.


• To be able to teach the paid dining assistant curriculum

• To understand the goal of the paid dining assistant program

Wed. 2/5

This Program will prepare health information (HIM) and other clinical professionals

to understand concepts and current trends related to Social Determinants of Health,

population health and how clinical documentation and the HIM coding practices can

have a positive impact on health.

Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge about the background of SDoH, national trends, and current legislative and health provider initiatives

  • Understand how data analytics and coordination of care can reduce costs while improving care

  • Learn how improved documentation and ICD Coding can drive health and value

  • Understand how HIM professionals play a role in overall health status


12/3/19 - 2/13/20

Join us for a comprehensive webinar series on the latest evidenced-based information for the prevention and management of pressure injuries.

According to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NJUAP), a pressure injury is localized damaged to the skin and underlying soft tissue, usually over a bony prominence or related to a medical or other device. It can present as intact skin or an open ulcer and may be painful. It occurs as a result of intense or prolonged pressure or pressure in combination with shear.

Although the terms “decubitus ulcer”, “pressure sore”, and “pressure ulcer” have often been used interchangeable, the NJUAP currently considers “pressure injury” the best term to use, given that open ulceration does not always occur.

Did you know:

Number affected: 2.5 million patients per year

Cost: Pressure injuries cost $9.1 to $11.6 billion per year in the United States. Cost of individual patient care ranges from $20,900 to $151,700 per pressure injury. Medicare estimates in 2007 that each pressure injury added $43,180 to a hospital stay.

Lawsuits: More than 17,000 lawsuits are related to pressure injuries annually. It is the second most common claim after wrongful death and more frequent than falls or emotional distress claims.

Pain: Pressure injuries may be associated with severe pain.

Death: About 60,000 patients die as a direct results of pressure injuries each year.


December 3, 2019

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December 17, 2019

January 7, 2020

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January 23, 2020

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February 6, 2020

February 13, 2020

February 18, 2020


1/15/2020 - 2/19/2020


January 15, 2020

January 29, 2020

February 12, 2020

February 19, 2020

New Jersey HIIN invites you to take part in our Ventilator-associated Event (VAE) ALERT program. This program focuses on reducing VAE rates by using a combination approach of accessing ventilator care practices, implementing improvement tools, executing test of changs and sustaining best practices.

Participants of the NJ VAE ALERT program are expected to review the VAE ALERT Toolkit, complete the VAE ALERT assessment and based on the assessment findings, develop and implement an inprovement plan to address gaps in their VAE prevention program.

Click here to download the VAE ALERT Toolkit.

Thank you and the NJHIIN team looks forward to working with you on this important patient safety program.

Thu. 2/27


Join us for a webinar on the latest evidence-based information for the prevention and management of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) presented by Dr. Gregory A. Maynard.

Being in the hospital is a major risk factor for the development of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Patients with decreased mobility - due to bedrest or recovery - or who experience blood vessel trauma - due to surgery or other serious injury - are more likely to develop blood clots.

In fact, up to 60 percent of all VTE cases occur during or within 90 days of hospitalization, making it a leading preventable cause of hospital death.

To prevent VTE, hospital staff should evaluate patients for their risk of developing blood clots and use proper prevention and treatment procedures.

Part I - 12/10/19

Join us for a two-part webinar series on the latest evidenced-based information for the management of pediatric sepsis.

The resolution on sepsis by the United Nations World Health Assembly in May 2017 recognizes sepsis as a global threat in adults and children and a priority for the World Health Organization to address during the next decade. This resolution on sepsis acknowledges that sepsis represents a major contributor to childhood morbidity and mortality and the associated economic burden. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 ( defined specific targets for infections and pandemics.2 Despite the huge burden that sepsis imposes on the health of children,3,4 current definitions of pediatric sepsis are of limited value to bedside clinicians to identify cases of sepsis affecting early identification and treatment. We bring this 2-part webinar series to continue the conversation on how we can improve on identifying, treating, and monitoring the septic child in a timely manner.

JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(4):313-314. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.5208


December 10, 2019


Regardless of the care setting, the fragile nature of an elderly individual significantly increases the risk of falls or falls with serious injury or disability, individuals moving from one level of care to another experience changes in level of need based on diagnoses, co-morbid conditions, response to treatment or the natural changes related to the aging process. Providers are faced with the challenge of designing effetive risk-assessment mechanism, establishing follow-up protocols, implementing policies and practices, and educating staff, patients and residents in a way that meets the need of the communities they serve.

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January 21st - Predictive Risk Factors: Rethinking Injurious Falls Using a High Reliability Team-based Approach

February 11th - Injurious Fall Risk: A Person-centered Approach to Acute Confusion (Delirium) as a Medical Emergency

March 24th - Polypharmacy, Side Effects, and Injourious Fall Risk: A Review of Beer's Criteria and Steps for Deprescribing


This interactive, high-energy session explores how mentoring can be embedded in the fabric of leaders (formal and informal) and organizations as a transformational force to build human capacity and drive employee engagement in the workplace. In a LEAN healthcare environment where we are challenged to be efficient, mentoring is an essential leadership strategy to build talent, employee engagement, and morale within the workforce. Content focuses on mentoring as an essential leadership strategy that must be embedded into the organization’s DNA through the alignment of knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes around mentoring reflected in work units, departments and the overall organization. Participants will explore the current state of the science in mentoring as well as the key differences between the roles/purposes of preceptors, residency program mentors, coaches, and mentors. Participants will leave this session knowing the six evidence-based Mentoring Practices and their associated Mentoring Benefits for building mentoring culture in nursing and will begin to identify ways to apply to their work as leaders. Additional content added to this presentation will include practical strategies for success for individuals (mentors and mentees) and organizations including relationships building and goal setting and evaluation.

This workshop is a deep-dive, application focused, full version of the beginning content in Nurse Builder’s: The Mentoring Difference curriculum, an innovative leadership development curriculum designed to deliver practical, evidence-based training that supports formal and informal leaders in creating and sustaining mentoring culture in their workplace.

Thu. 4/16

The International Association for Healthcare Safety & Security in coordination with New Jersey Hospital Association, is hosting its first New Jersey conference. Safety and security subject matter experts will be on hand to present informative content and inspire questions for discussion.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Safety and Security Risk Assessments

  • Joint Commission Updates for Safety & Security Practitioners

  • Emergent and Planned Evacuations

  • Development of a Workplace Violence Prevention Program

  • Acts of Violence & Business Continuity

  • Safety and Security Metrics for the C-suite