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71st Annual Convention 

DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, & EQUITY: Impact on Student Nurses and the Future of Nursing 


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Go beyond your classroom and clinical experiences by attending the 2023 NJNS  Annual Convention!


Each year, the New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc. (NJNS) Board of Directors puts together a two-day convention that features various leadership and career development opportunities. Over 1,000 nursing students attend for opportunities to listen to renowned nursing leaders during breakout focus sessions. Meet and network with students, faculty members, and nursing leaders from across New Jersey. Focus sessions will enhance your academic and clinical skills. You will expand your network at the exhibit hall and social events, like the First Night Party! Attendees, especially graduating nursing students, will gain confidence during the NCLEX review session and stop-the-bleed virtual training program. 


Convention is a great time to develop your leadership skills as a delegate or elected candidate for the state NJNS board!  Register now! Enjoy lifelong memories, leadership, and endless educational opportunities!




Dr. Dula F. Pacquiao, EdD, RN, CTN-A,FTNSS, FNYAM

Dr. Dula Pacquiao is Professor Emerita at Rutgers University. She was the former Director of the Joint PhD program in Urban Health and the Center for Multicultural Education, Research and Practice. Her current roles include Executive Director of the Philippine Nurses Association of NJ Foundation, Adjunct lecturer at the University of Hawaii, Hilo and William Paterson University of NJ, and consultant in transcultural nursing research, education and practice. She obtained her BSN from the University of the Philippines, master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and doctorate in education from Rutgers University. She has advanced certification in Transcultural Nursing

Dr. Pacquiao is recognized for her expertise in transcultural nursing, culturally competent care, ethics and health equity. She has recently published two books: Social Pathways of Health Vulnerability and Global applications of guidelines for culturally competent health care. She established two academic centers dedicated to training of healthcare students and practitioners in culturally competent care. She provided consultation to national and international organizations such as the: a) American Association of Colleges of Nursing, b) Office of Minority Health, c) California Endowment, d) Sullivan Commission, c) National Quality Forum, d) Francois-Xavier-Bagnoud Center and Institute of Health Sciences in Gaborone, Botswana, e) Egypt’s Ministry of Health, and f) the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services in developing and implementing initiatives relevant to culturally competent care and leadership. She has provided consultation to schools of nursing and health care facilities worldwide in curricular integration of cultural competence and culturally competent care. She is currently a member of the workgroup to develop AACN’s toolkit on social determinants of health in relation to the 2021 Essentials of Professional Nursing Education.

Dr. Pacquiao has served in several leadership roles including, President of the Philippine Nurses Association of NJ and the Transcultural Nursing Society, member of the State Board of Nursing and Chair of the Nursing Practice and Education Committee of the National State Boards of Nursing. She founded the Transcultural Nursing Scholars, comprised of nurses worldwide who are distinguished for advancing transcultural nursing, culturally competent care and health equity.

Dr. Pacquiao has published a total of 129 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and four books on a range of topics including cultural competence, ethics, health equity, social determinants of health and vulnerable populations. She is a member of the Editorial Board of three peer-reviewed nursing journals and a peer reviewer of eight journals in nursing and health care. She recently collaborated in developing and validating the instrument, Client Perceptions of Provider Cultural Competence that has been translated to Filipino, Burmese, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Pacquiao received approximately 28 awards for research, leadership and teaching including the Leininger Award for Transcultural Nursing Leadership, NJSNA’s Educator Award, Humanism Award from the NJ Healthcare Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Award from Rutgers University, PNANJ Legacy Award, Leadership in Professional and Allied Organizations Award from Teacher College, Columbia University, and Medal of Honor from the University of the Philippines Nursing Alumni Association

She is a fellow of the Transcultural Nursing Society Scholars and the New York Academy of Medicine. She was inducted into the Master Educators Guild and the Alumni Hall of Fame at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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