Go beyond your classroom and clinical experiences by attending the 2022 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. Breakout 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 andstop-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!
70th Annual Convention Keynote/ Endnote Speakers
Dr. Bola Fadipe-Haruna serves as an autonomous and enthusiastic family nurse practitioner with strong eight-years of primary care and urgent care experience among the pediatric, adult, and geriatric population. As a proud EOF nursing student, she obtained her Bachelors (2010) from Rutgers University College of Nursing. As a childhood reminder to “go all the way” Bola also pursued her Masters (2013) and Doctorates (2017) in Nursing at Rutgers School of Nursing. With a solid reputation in providing quality health care to diverse patient populations in rural, urban, and suburban regions as a travel nurse practitioner, Bola also participates in annual medical mission projects around the globe.
Medical mission projects include visits to Ghana with Ghanaian Association for Medical Aid, Jamaica with the Impact Life International Medical Missions, Belize with Redeem Young Adult Medical Missions, Bangladesh with Smile Bangladesh Medical Missions for Cleft Lip/Palate, and Dominican Republic with Orphanage Outreach. Her first volunteer mission project started with Hurricane Katrina Relief in 2006, where she joined the Rutgers New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) for a spring break road trip to gut damaged houses for FEMA preparations and provide relief measures for displaced New Orleans residents. As a senior nursing student, she went on to organize her third medical mission trip, comprised of twenty-eight nursing students, for a second mission to the Dominican Republic with Orphanage Outreach.
In order to guide nursing students through their undergraduate program, Bola co-founded the Peer Mentorship Program-Rutgers College of Nursing between 2009-2011. Upon graduation, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Alpha Tau Chapter, where she held board positions (vice-president/secretary) for about ten years. Post graduation, Bola participated in the Rutgers Nursing Alumni Mentor Program to continue guiding nursing students in their pursuit of nursing. Evidently, paying it forward and giving back have always been a necessity in her nursing career.
Dr. Bola Fadipe-Haruna established the Aspire to Inspire (ATI) Scholarship Program in 2016, in devoted efforts to empower students and provide financial assistance towards their education. ATI recognizes and honor students who demonstrate academic excellence and exceptional commitment to community service and inspiring others. She also presented her doctoral defense at the Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing 44th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic Bola have been working tirelessly at multiple NYC COVID sites, even while pregnant with her first child. A year later today, she is still working at the forefront of the COVID battle and grateful for her supporting husband and one year old daughter. Her love for teaching brought upon an opportunity to teach for the Rutgers Nursing EOF Support Program. Currently, she is in the process of starting her primary care practice (Bless Family Care) and obtaining her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification.
As a nostalgic memory, Bola volunteered at the NJNS Annual Convention (Atlantic City) for two consecutive years. From her first day as a nurse, an easy path was not the case for Bola. In efforts to land her feet in nursing, finding her voice became an essential challenge to conquer. She believes that there is a unique power in combining voices together from different backgrounds to impact the ever-evolving health care for patients. As a prestigious opportunity to present as one of the keynote speakers for the NJNS 70th annual convention in Atlantic City, Dr. Bola Fadipe-Haruna looks forward to inspiring nurses in their pursuit of nursing excellence to impact health care and patients.
Dr. Bola Fadipe-Haruna
DNP, APN, FNP
Alexandra Maye is a nurse leader, motivational speaker, interventional cardiovascular registered nurse in the cardiac catheterization lab, and an advocate for self-care and holistic wellness. Currently she works in partnership with interventional cardiologists and a life-saving team that responds to emergency STEMI (heart attack) calls that ensures adequate blood flow to and from the heart.
In nursing school Alexandra realized how often she and her peers put their own health and mental wellness on the back-burner in an effort to excel during clinical rotations and exams. Realizing the importance of personal wellness to her own practice as a nurse, she intentionally
focuses her nursing career and personal online platform “HEY AMAYEZING”, on reminding nurses, nursing students, and health care professionals on the importance of taking care of one’s own mind, body, and spirit to ensure personal wellness. Her daily affirmation is “Self-Care Is Not Selfish”.
Since graduating from nursing school in 2018 she has traveled the globe, was a finalist in the Dr. Oz Future of Nursing Scholarship contest, a speaker for the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Health Systems Management from Drexel University, honored as the youngest recipient of New Jersey League for Nursing 2019 Nurse Recognition Award, inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, and was even featured in Teen Vogue. When she’s not saving lives as a cardiac catheterization lab nurse, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, giving motivational presentations to high school and college students, being on the Advisory Committee for New Jersey Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), attending Pilates classes, and running.
As a nurse caring for patients experiencing heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and uncontrolled diabetes, often due to emotional stressors and lack of self-care for years, she believes that it is vital that self-care techniques are shared to ensure we are our healthiest and most resilient self. Alexandra aims to positively advance nursing and healthcare through her knowledge, light, and advocacy for self-care.