Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden Presents Annual Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 5

Robert Hess

Robert Hess

Robert Hess, an internationally renowned educator, author, and nursing scholar, will deliver the third annual Distinguished Nursing Lecture for the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden during 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5.

“Empowering Evidence for Shared Governance” will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room on the main level of the Campus Center on the Rutgers University–Camden campus. The lecture series is designed to present the work of noted nursing scholars while focusing on global healthcare issues.

“Dr. Hess’s contributions to the betterment of healthcare are significant and transformative. We are proud to welcome him to Rutgers–Camden to address current and future generations of nurses for our Distinguished Lecture Series,” says Rutgers–Camden Nursing Dean Joanne Robinson.

Hess, who delivered the keynote speech at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden’s May 2014 commencement ceremony, is executive vice president for education content and credentialing at Gannett Healthcare Group, a leader in the advancement of the professional development of registered nurses and allied health professionals.

The Voorhees resident is a leading researcher on shared governance, a model of nursing practice designed to achieve quality patient care and improve work environments for nurses. He is the creator of the Forum for Shared Governance, a clearing house for promoting and disseminating research about shared governance and similar organizational innovations that help empower nurses and other healthcare professionals in their workplaces.

The author of more than 100 articles in numerous journals and books, Hess has advised more than 500 healthcare professionals on their first published articles. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has been a distinguished lecturer and writer for Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society.

Hess will sign copies of his book Shared Governance, A Practical Approach to Transforming Interprofessional Healthcare during a reception following the lecture.

In addition to the distinguished lecture, the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden will honor Marian Nowak, an assistant professor of nursing, for her selection as a 2014 National Giving Excellence Meaning (GEM) Award winner for volunteerism and service. Nowak, a Sicklerville resident, is one of six Philadelphia tri-state regional GEM award winners selected by She is being recognized for her commitment to helping disadvantaged populations during her 39-year nursing career.

As a regional GEM award recipient, Nowak will be considered as one of six national nurses of the year awarded at a later date by

“This recognition is important to me because Rutgers University values reaching out to our neighboring communities,” Nowak says. “One way we accomplish this is to give of our time and talents to help others. This award projects a positive image for nursing and for our university on a national level.”

Marian Nowak

Marian Nowak

During her nursing career, Nowak developed education programs on substance abuse prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, teen smoking cessation, and violence prevention throughout southern New Jersey. She is also credited with developing many innovative service projects, including the nation’s first student nurse public health emergency preparedness certificate program, which she established in cooperation with the Philadelphia Department of Health’s Division of Bioterrorism and Disaster Management.

The GEM Award program honors outstanding nurses throughout the country and the extraordinary contributions they make to patients, the nursing profession and the healthcare system.

The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, which started its Distinguished Lecture Series in 2012, incorporates a dynamic curriculum that integrates nursing knowledge and nursing practice skills during a four-year baccalaureate program that leads to a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing.

It includes pre-licensure, RN-to-BS, accelerated degree, professional certificate, and doctor of nursing practice programs and provides a foundation for advanced nursing education in such fields as specialty clinical practice, research, nursing education, administration, and health policy development.

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