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Women's Association Spring Fundraiser

A Celebration of Farm to Table Dining at the Ross Farm Garden

Proceeds to benefit The Nurse Residency Program at the
Sameth Emergency Department at Morristown Medical Center
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Morristown Medical Center's nurses - 1,800 strong - are ranked among the best in the nation. They've achieved the coveted Magnet Designation, which recognizes exemplary nursing practice, five consecutive times, making the medical center one of only 20 hospitals in the U.S. to achieve this distinction.

To maintain this superior practice standard, Morristown Medical Center offers recent nursing school graduates the chance to train in the Emergency Department through its Nurse Residency Program.  

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In 2022, the Nurse Residency Program will support 12 novice nurses who will gain hands-on experience in decision making and clinical skill development in the Sameth Emergency Department (ED) at Morristown Medical Center through course work.  Nurse residents will be enrolled for one year and stay on to practice at the hospital.

The result will be better care, an empowered and confident nurse workforce, less burnout and turnover and a powerful recruitment tool.  This residency program is critically important as hospitals across the country - including Morristown Medical Center - are facing nursing shortages. At least one million nurses in the U.S. are projected to retire between 2025-2030, just as the demand for health care is expected to skyrocket, and as Morristown Medical Center begins an ED expansion and renovation to meet ever-increasing patient volumes.


A key factor in the success of the ED Nurse Residency Program is the recruitment of a primary nurse preceptor (experienced nurse) who can provide direct clinical support and mentorship to nurse residents in their transition from nursing school to independent practice.  Studies show that the preceptor plays a significant role in both the competency development and job satisfaction of new nurses.

All proceeds from the Farm to Table Spring 2022 fundraiser will support the recruitment of a primary nurse preceptor to oversee ED nursing residents.

Grand Raffle Flyer

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Featuring Local Fare Provided by
New Jersey's Most Notable Chefs

Corey Heyer

Farm to Table Culinary Director and

Executive Chef at Canoe Brook Country Club

Anthony Bucco

Head of Culinary Engineering, Wonder

AJ Capella

Executive Chef, Liberty House

Chris Cree

Owner, Cree Wine Company

Ryan DePersio

Executive Chef and Owner, Fascino, Batello, Kitchen Step

Leia Gaccione

Chef and Owner, South and Pine

Jamie Knott

Executive Chef and Owner Saddle River Inn, Saddle River Café, and Cellar 335

The Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center
is appreciative of the chefs in supporting our event.

Farm to Table will feature an exciting auction line up, thanks to our generous donors and volunteers.

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The Cause

Simulation Training for Nurses at The Gagnon Children's Emergency Department.

The Gagnon Children's Emergency Department at Morristown Medical Center treats over 2,000 patients each month - from newborns to 21 years of age - which requires nursing team members to possess a broad range of skills.  Having the ability to provide hands-on training using a pediatric simulation manikin will enhance the overall care of our young patients.  

Simulation training enables health professionals to practice essential clinical skills in a safe, controlled and  non-judgmental setting. Mistakes are expected and welcomed. Nurses can ask questions and learn processes and procedures without fear of failure or causing harm to the patient.

The Current Challenge

Toy dolls are currently used in group training sessions on how to treat infants and young children during emergencies. These dolls are not interactive, which means that nurse educators must describe the different sounds and physical appearances of the Actual Child during certain scenarios.  Nurse students must then interpret what is being described, remember what was said, picture it and then respond accordingly. This process causes a serious disconnect between what is being taught and the flow and speed of how a nurse should respond to their patient during an actual emergency.  

The Solution

A simulation manikin has realistic features that enable students to practice procedures - placing an IV, performing a urinary catherization or chest compressions - while allowing for real-time feedback. The educator can program the manikin to have different heart rates, respiration rates and medical conditions to make training more complex and provide instruction on correct interventions.  Simulation training has proven to be particularly successful in teaching/ learning IV access. Using landmarks like feeling for a vein and visual cues in skin color provide a strong clinical understanding and foundation.

Grant funding will support the purchase of a pediatric manikin. Thank you for considering this request and helping to create a safe learning environment for nurses who work in the Gagnon Children's Emergency Department.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Manikin Equipment Cost:  $45,387

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"Collectibles for a Cause" is honored to support the effort to purchase "Pediatric Hal" by offering an assortment of stunning & sparkling collectible garden brooches to guests at the Farm to Table event.

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The Collectibles...

Stunning, bright, colorful brooches that take us into the garden and all of its beauty, through the enchantment of flowers, birds, and insects, these brooches will offer a collectible assortment to purchase at the event.  All are offered at $100 each.

The Honeybee...A symbol of the yellow sun, community, tireless service and celebration.

The Dragonfly...A symbol of change, transformation, adaptability teaching us to love life and rejoice in all times.

The Flower...A symbol of beauty, love and celebration, while representing the creation and cycle of life.

The Hummingbird...A symbol of the lightness of being, carrying good luck and positive energy while being playful in spirit.

The Butterfly...A symbol of spiritual rebirth, transformation, change, hope and precious life.